Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: (Falling Kingdoms #3)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
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 now must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica.
• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. 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.
• 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.
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑
After the brilliance of the second book (Rebel Spring), I was a bit underwhelmed with the slow start.
The book quickly follows up where Rebel Spring wrapped up. And once you get past the slow start…BAM! everything escalates and with a whirlwind of disasters, romance (gushing) and deceptions, you soon get lost inside their brutal world again. What I absolutely love is that you simply don’t know where the series is going to end up. Just when you think you’ve finally got a sense of direction, Rhodes goes and pulls a complete 180 on you.
Our main characters are back with a bang and this time they mean business. Most have grown into their own and are trying to be (for once) in control of their destiny. The numerous deaths, secrets, revelations and the choices some of these characters make just makes your head spin.
There are some characters that I’ve absolutely grown to hate (Lucia to be precise) and some just left me shaking my head. A.K.A Jonas. Can we just take a moment to discuss how Jonas is the most useless rebel to ever rebel? He is, for lack of better words, just utterly useless, The poor guy has done so much over the course of 3 books, and yet… absolutely nothing. Not only has he not accomplished a single thing, he’s made decisions that have lead to some disastrous outcomes. His stupidity has become my comic relief from the craziness that is The Falling Kingdoms and I love it.