Saturday, February 2, 2019

Book Review: Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

Published: February 6, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Hardcover Pages: 391

Synopsis: As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

Thoughts: I know I said in my last review that I was going to review the fifth book in the Falling Kingdoms series, but here I am doing the sixth (and last). I just figured since I read the last two right in a row, I would simply post for this one and kind of discuss both of the last two, because honestly the story is so continuous that I wouldn't even know how to discuss the last two books separately now!

On the whole, I've quite enjoyed this series. I mean, obviously, or I wouldn't have continued reading it through until the end. Indeed, I gave up on another series that I was reading because the books started becoming so repetitive. This series probably peaked at book four; that was definitely my favorite of all of them. While a lot technically did happen in this book, it felt a bit rushed.

With a few spoilers here, I'll just say that there were a lot of easy ways out. Magnus has a special magic ring that keeps being helpful at all the right moments. Cleo is being taken over by this kindred thing, which felt like it was explored constantly, and yet not in very interesting ways? I'm not sure how to describe it! Not to mention they bring in Lucia's daughter as a plot device. There's something special about her, yet we never really see what it is? Okay.

On top of it all, the ending was very neat, very happy for every single main character. It was obvious that a certain romance was going to develop between a couple characters, but again it felt extremely rushed when it took Cleo and Magnus so very long to come together in the previous books.

So, while I did enjoy the series as a whole, I feel like this last book seemed a bit rushed and not quite as well-developed as the previous ones in the series. That said, I would read another series by the writer! If you enjoy fantasy romance-driven series, you may like it too.

Rating: 3/5

What I'm Reading Next: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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