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Review: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

Gathering DarknessTitle: Gathering Darkness

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Falling Kingdoms (Book #3)

Publication Date: December 9, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1595147055 (Razorbill/Penguin)

ISBN-13:  978-1595147059 (Razorbill/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

Alliances form across Mytica and beyond as royals and rebels alike race to hunt down the Kindred—the four elemental crystals that give their owners god-like power. The stakes have never been higher for Magnus and Cleo, who are brought together by a life or death decision that will lock their fates and change the course of the kingdom forever.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

Quick & Dirty: An established fantasy saga with a world reinvented over and over.

Opening Sentence: The young man woke up surrounded by fire and chaos.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes has become an intriguing read. The third book in the Falling Kingdoms series has catapulted several degrees toward epic. Not only has Rhodes reinvented the environment, but I feel she has also brought an extra dimension towards the characters and the story. There are a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting, and I feel with all of the books that I have read recently, I didn’t think it was possible. But Rhodes knows who her audience is, and she knows what we, the readers, want.

In Gathering Darkness, Mytica has seen death and miracles, but within the castle walls, Prince Magnus has seen more than others. King Gaius sets out to rule Mytica, with power and magic of the Kindred. With these four elemental crystals, Gaius will be godlike. But he is not the only one to seek their powers. The Rebels, the Kraeshians, the Watchers, and others all seek the powers for their own purposes.

From Magnus to Cleo, Jonas to Cleo, and now with Ashur and Amara, Rhodes has brought many different voices into the mix. But where I normally would have been confused with the constant switches from one point of view to another, she has actually managed to tell the tale seamlessly. Each character, each voice, has brought a different challenge, uncovered an integral piece to a secret, and have brought forth a deathly wrath of something or someone surprising.

Magnus has surprised me with his actions. No matter what has been dealt his way, he has pleasantly acted in an appealing way. Cleo is playing the game, and I feel she is waist deep into danger. I am constantly at the edge of my seat preparing myself for what is to come with her. Lucia, Jonas, and the others have brought so many interesting clues, pieces, and other important things into this epic saga that I cannot get enough.

Rhodes has written Mytica to be this wonderful and vast world. She has reinvented this world with each quest, battle, and scene. Regardless if we have already known the kingdoms, with each chapter, there is something new. With each page, I find myself wanting to know more.

I was surprised with Gathering Darkness. I felt that the Falling Kingdoms series may not have been for me. I felt that maybe, there were too many elements to hold my attention and focus. But I was proven wrong by Rhodes. She has shown me that with the blink of an eye, the story will end and I will be yearning for more.

Notable Scene:

“You will carry out my orders without hesitation. i shall give you a gift in return for all you’ve done and will do for me, my beautiful boy. Do you understand and agree to this?”

He could feel her scrutinizing him for signs of dissent. If he flinched, she would strengthen her spell even more. More pain, more torture. He would lose that much more of himself. Already the need to obey her was a snake wrapped around his throat squeezing until he could barely breathe.

He held on to an image of a beautiful girl with raven-colored hair and sky-blue eyes, the girl he’d once pledged to protect with his very life. He believed in her. She would give him the strength to survive this.

“Yes, my queen. I understand completely.”

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 Gathering Darkness.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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