December 29, 2014

Review: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes


In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred – the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic…

• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.

• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic – all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.

• 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.

The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica… but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.

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Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3)
by Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill

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MaryAnn-2013I was so excited to start reading Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes, the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series. For me, when it comes to books in a series that I don’t read back to back, I tend to forget characters, plots, and what the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book. (Please tell me I’m not the only one!) But it literally only took me a couple of chapters in to remember where I left off last time, and to fall in love with the characters! Even if some the main characters are not mentioned in the first couple of chapters, events and memories of characters from before came flooding into my head. And THAT made me even more ecstatic to continue reading!

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes continues on from where book 2 left off. Magnus is still a jackass (though I adored him soooo much in this book), Lucia is really coming into her magic and is a force to be reckoned with, Princess Cleo is still that beacon of hope with a side dish of vengeance, and Jonas is still adorable! We see how some of the captured rebels are faring in the King of Blood’s dungeon, and we are introduced to some new characters who you will love and hate at the same time.

Cleo is still on her mission of seeking out revenge against the King Gaius for the death of her family. And who better to align herself with than that rebel we can’t help but love, Jonas. But with Prince Magnus so very suspicious with Cleo’s intentions with his adoptive sister, Lucia, keeping anything secret is not so easy for Cleo. But she’ll soon find that those that she thought she felt she could trust may not be as trustworthy as she thought. And the ones that she thought would deceive her may just end up surprising her.

Prince Magnus is not in the clear himself. With a plan of his own to find the Kindred and keep them for his own rather than give the power to his father, King Gaius, Prince Magnus has a lot on his plate. Especially when it comes to his “wife”, Cleo, who just can’t stay out of trouble. And for some reason, Magnus finds himself defending her time and time again! What is it about this girl that has Prince Magnus acting so not like himself?

Princess Lucia’s powers are growing stronger as the days go by. Without a proper tutor, she fears that the magic she holds inside will take her over. For some reason, she finds the peace and clarity when she’s around Princess Cleo. But can she trust this princess? Especially when it was she who caused the downfall of her families reign?

Jonas somehow finds himself in the company of Felix, a stranger who happened upon Jonas at just the right moment. And because of this, the two of them venture off together to save Jonas’ people, and to help a Princess who is trying to reclaim her home and her destiny. But Felix is one secretive bugger, and the secrets he holds may change everything for Jonas…and not necessarily for the good.

Alliances are tested, trust is something these cast of characters are leery of giving and accepting. Deception, secrets, death, revenge…love. So many different things are happening in this book that it literally was a nonstop page turner. With each chapter being told in different view points of the main characters found in these books, there really isn’t a dull moment.

The reader is quite literally carried away in this world and story created by Morgan Rhodes. A world that is riddled with magic. Not only is there a lot of action in this installment, there is also a lot of heartache and loss. Quite literally, this was an emotional rollercoaster ride of a read. There are so many twists and turns in Gathering Darkness. It made it such an unforgettable read for me, that I can’t even begin to imagine what else author Morgan Rhodes could possible do in the upcoming books!

I mean, yes, I have my theories (of which I can’t share with you because, yes, I will totally spoil it for you), but I had my theories about this one too! And they were shattered. YES SHATTERED! Morgan Rhodes veered off the path I had created, and immersed me into something entirely different, unexpected, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Fans of fantasy reads, magic, vengeance, and revenge will lose themselves in The Falling Kingdoms series. If you’re looking for totally crush worthy characters, a storyline that will steal your breath away, and a read that will keep you up until the very end, don’t hesitate in checking out this series.



Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.

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1 Comment

  1. I am actually shocked by how awful this book was. I could hardly recognize most of the characters.

    Then we only have Alexius in the series for a while. Not that I hated his character but seriously Morgan seemed to read how his character wasn’t like by fans and well that was that.

    Then we have the Magnus and Cleo thing here. I don’t like Cleo and her direction isn’t making me like her at all.

    I am kind of glad I will be taming my love for the series. I will still continue it but the books to release in the series wont be my top priority when I love for my favorite reads and since I read a lot. I can’t say that is exactly good.

    Well, if you still love the series at least that is good. I actually like Morgan Rhode’s writing I do and that is why I feel she could have done so much better.

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