Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gathering Darkness - Morgan Rhodes

Published: December 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 416
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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.

If you thought things were getting exciting in Book #2, wait until you start reading Book 3 of Falling Kingdoms. This is where the real fun begins and the storylines across kingdoms starts to really mix together. 

There will be spoilers in this review. 

The Watchers are starting to make more of an appearance as the supernatural part of Mytica is shaping up.  Alexis has stunned me with his decision to become mortal.  I only hope that Lucia doesn't get burned by him. As much as she seems to be venturing into the dark side, I like her. She has an innocence about her that needs to be nurtured. It is sad that everyone has lied to her and she really needs someone she can depend on.

We are also introduced to Ashur and Amara, the Kraeshians. I am a little wary of them though and very distrustful.  Where did they come from out of the blue and why are they hanging around?  Whose side are they on or are they playing an entirely different game?  Will their presence re-define the boundaries of the game players?

On a side note, does anyone feel like the Ashur is a little bit like Oberyn from the Game of Thrones?

The last 10% of the book is a big cliff hanger.  What a surprising turn of events!  I can't WAIT until Book #4 to come out.  For those of you also eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen Tides in December 2015, you might want to check out Morgan Rhodes other series - A Book of Spirits and Thieves coming out at the end of June 2015.  

It is so hard to do a review on a book that is in the middle of a series.  All I can say is that I recommend reading Falling Kingdoms to you in the epic story-reading crowd.  It is wonderful to see a Canadian writer churning out awesomeness. :)

By the way, if you would like to see Morgan Rhodes in person and are in the TORONTO area, she will be at Bakka Phoenix Books at 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario on Tuesday June 23, 6:30-8:30pm.  Please RSVP with Penguin Books by emailing Vickki VanSickle at

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