Title: Crystal Storm
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Falling Kingdoms
2. Rebel Spring
3. Gathering Darkness
4. Frozen Tides
Date Started: April 7
Date Finished: April 14
Format: Hardcover from local library
The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.
In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.
Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will. The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.
I just when I have a feeling I know where this series is going to go, Rhodes throws in some plot twists that throws me completely off course. There will be a lot of spoilers so please be wary as you read this review. The first twist I didn’t see coming, after the horrible fall that King Gaius took at the end of the last book, I thought for sure that he would be dead, Magnus would be king and everything would be somewhat okay. But I guess I should have known better since there were two more books left in the series and it just can’t end happily. Gaius lives, because the King of Blood being that arse that he is just won’t die. So Magnus, Cleo, and the king go on a journey to make sure that he stays that way. And more people who are thought to be dead end up being alive ( *cough* Magnus’s grandmother *cough*).
Lucia is coming to terms with the fact that she’s pregnant, and that she has to atone for everything that she did while with Kyan. And the best way apparently for her to do that is to make sure that Kyan gets locked up again in his crystal prison. Which should be completely easy. Not. This pregnancy is a real bitch for her to go through and reminded me a little bit of Bella’s pregnancy in Breaking Dawn just without all the blood (thank god). Jonas may or may not be a Watcher or a conduit. It’s still very unclear what’s going on with him. Felix, Tarun, and Nic are all out for revenge. Amara is power hungry. And Cleo…she confuses me the most during this novel.
Her and Magnus continue their love story from the previous book, but things get complicated when Jonas and the gang show up and she isn’t yet comfortable telling people about her new feelings. On one hand, I get it. There is a lot of bad blood between Jonas, Nic, Tarun and Magnus, and considering they need to work together to take back the kingdom from Amara, it’s smart not to tell them. But on the other hand, it created for a lot of unnecessary drama that I could have honestly have done without.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. So, I’m a little miffed that this book ended the way it did. The other Kindred have been released from their prisons. Nic is now Kyan. Olivia is now the Earth Kindred, and Cleo and Tarun are now housing the water and air Kindred, but still have their souls. And oh. Yeah. Magnus has been buried alive. I won’t be able to get my hands on the final book for at least three weeks. Why is fate so cruel?
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