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.

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey! It’s Meaghan again! I just can’t seem to put this series down! I actually read this book before Aristotle and Dante, but only got to sit down and write my review now! There is the chance for spoilers under the read more, so read at your own risk!

“And those with dark pasts didn’t always yearn for dark futures.”

Stars (Out of 10): 10/10!

Overall Thoughts: Oh my wow this book was amazing. I absolutely devoured it. It was rich in betrayals, revealing of secrets, plot twists, and romantic and sexual tension. Everything that the last books did wrong were fixed in this book, and this was definitely my favorite of the series so far.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: Everything!!! The cover was beautiful, the writing style clicked with the impeccable plot, and I found the sexual tension I craved between these characters in this book. The deaths also were almost all meaningful, which was truly my only problems with the books before!

The Bad: I know that no book is perfect, but thinking back, there’s not much I would change in this book if given the choice!

The Characters: I didn’t think it was possible, but everyone got better in this book. Magnus had the possibility of being redeemed, new villains were introduced, the weak were able to prove themselves (you go Nic!), and Cleo was shown being the strong (and manipulative) queen she could be! Yet somehow, they all kept their realisticness and humanity. Sure, I wanted Cleo to just get over Theon and move on to Magnus (I’m so terrible), but I loved how she still reacts to how Magnus murdered him, because no, in reality, that pain and that hatred is never going to go away.

The Plot: I loved this plot to bits. I loved all the twists, one after another, and how almost every event was deemed important.

The World Building: This book continued to amaze me in this area. We don’t get too much information to overwhelm us, but enough for us to understand what’s going on. I also love how the author chose to make it a much grander affair, involving the surrounding countries and not just Mytica.

The Stereotypical Tropes: There is somewhat of a weak love triangle between Magnus, Cleo, and Jonas, but I think it’s fading away, and was never truly strong to begin with.

The Favorite Character: Cleo!!! (And Magnus <3)

Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy it!

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