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 on Goodreads

Hi guys! Allison here! Just finished Gathering Darkness and this series just keeps better and better!

“Some sought revenge against their mortal enemies with the edge of a sword. Her plan for vengeance began with the edge of a smile.”
Stars (Out of 10): 9.5
Overall Thoughts: This book lived up to and exceeded my expectations. I love how connected all the plots are and how much the simplest actions mattered in the end. There was a lot of pay offs and a lot of set ups that I hoped get payed off later on.
Spoilers begin below

The Good: The characters are all very interesting. The plot is set up well. The pacing is so much better due to the inter connectivity of the characters’ story lines.
The Bad: The fire elemental could have had a little more build up.
The Characters: Magnus and Cleo are still my faves. Jonas really shone in this one. Lucia had a few moments I really liked, but she is still is a bit too insane for my taste.
The Plot: Finally, the Kindred really shine. There are going to be so many consequences in the next book.
The World Building: We expanded more on the Kaeshians and learned more about the motivations behind the Watchers.
The Stereotypical Tropes: The Chosen One, A Prophecy, No One is Safe
The Favorite Character: Cleo
Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy It


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