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Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen TidesTitle: Frozen Tides

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Falling Kingdoms (Book #4)

Publication Date: December 15, 2015

Format:  Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1595147071 (Razorbill/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-1595147073 (Razorbill/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

The plans are laid and the players are determined…but nothing can prepare these unlikely warriors for what the elemental gods of Mytica have in store.

CLEO: Reeling after a shocking realization about Magnus, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a queen.

MAGNUS: The steely prince of Limeros is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: Heartbroken and blind with fury, the betrayed sorceress allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: The defeated rebel leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to become a pawn in the dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: A desperate King of Blood flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

Quick & Dirty: A dangerous race for power will

Opening SentenceThe pitch-black monster reached toward the young boy with horrible, long-fingered hands, pressing him down into his bed, smothering him.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes is filled with action-filled adventure, power-hungry characters, and danger around every corner. In fact, I feel that Frozen Tides is the most action-packed story that I have read in some time. This series continues to surprise me. Rhodes continues to elevate the amount of greed, power, and danger with each book, that I’m a bit afraid for the next two books.

Mytica is upon the final hours, filling itself with darkness and great power. Sides have changed allowing foes to become friends, friends to perish, and evil kings continue to be evil. Cleo must refocus on her goals to gain her rightful place on the throne. Magnus has to make a decision and gather strength to begin his rule over his people. Lucia aligns her powers and goals with the Fire god. Jonas has escaped death, only to find himself as a pawn. King Gaius, despite betrayal and abandonment, will do whatever it takes to regain control.

Within each voice of Frozen Tides, there is a story to be told. With each person in Mytica, there is another piece of a puzzle that is revealed. I felt  attached to a few of the characters, became sympathetic to some, loyal to others, and truly despise a handful. Frozen Tides completely rewrites my opinion. Forcing tables to be turned aligning my allegiances elsewhere.

Without giving too much, I want to say that Magnus steals the show in Frozen Tides. There are a few surprising twists that I didn’t see coming. Despite emotions and passionate vendettas, each character begins to alter their ultimate motives. Cleo realigns her own goals, regardless of specific events. And most surprising of all is Lucia’s journey. I originally thought she would continue a certain path, only for something to happen and alter it.

I savored this book from the first page, and to the last. Rhodes has written an intricate plot that is constantly revolving, filled with a compelling narrative, complete with vivid and intelligent world-building. And what I have loved the most is the depth of characterization that speaks volumes. Rhodes is a brilliant writer, very evident by the words on the page.

Frozen Tides is written with quality prose. Reinvention without a heavy reliance of repetition has added to my obsession for the series. The Falling Kingdoms is definitely an epic saga for the young adult crowd.

Notable Scene:

She bit her bottom lip. “Now, um, what’s going on? I couldn’t get a helpful word from anyone around here. What about you? Anything?”

“Yes, I learned plenty.” He told her about Bruno, about the king’s departure, and that Magnus and Cleo were in Limeros, soon to be joined by Nerissa.

Lysandra swore under her breath. “So, what now? Should we get on a ship and try to go after the king?”

He shook his head. “Too late for that. But luckily we’ve got something just as important to do instead.”

Her gaze dropped to his shoulder. “Find someone who can heal your wound?”

Jonas knew he couldn’t hide his feverish face and weakness from her, so he didn’t bother trying anymore. Whether they could find someone skilled enough to help him in time, though – that was the question.

“If we can find a proper healer, then yes.” He set his chin and looked into her light brown eyes with determination. “And then we’re going to Limeros to rescue a princess and kill a prince.”

Falling Kingdoms:

1. Falling Kingdoms

2. Rebel Spring

3. Gathering Darkness

4. Frozen Tides

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FTC Advisory: Razorbill/Penguin provided me with a copy of Frozen Tides.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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