Gathering Darkness | People are STILL Dying. I am Slightly Saddened!

Title: Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy

Published: December 9, 2015 by Razorbill 

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. 

 
 

  •  I’VE BECOME MULTI-SHIPPER TRASH?! I still ship Cleo + Jonas, of course—but I also ship Magnus + Cleo. This is helpful because whatever way it ends up, I’ll be immensely pleased. Still. What is this book doing to me? I never thought I’d be that person. I don’t even know who I am anymore. *softly whispers…24601*

  

    • The plot is chocolate. With whipped cream. And cocaine. I’m a little addicted. Just a bit. There’s so much conflict—drama, intrigue, it’s the highlight of the book.
    • There’s FINALLY a death that saddens me ever so slightly. FINALLY. Before, everyone dies and I give zero craps. Now, for the one death out of many, I finally give one. (Okay, maybe it’s more like 1/4 of a crap but whatever)

      

    • There are so many dimensions and double love-triangles and etc. I know it’s to add to the intrigue, but honestly the romance is getting a little tedious. The conflict is minimal and the annoyance is great.

      

    • Both Lucia and Cleo get a bit more morally ambiguous—one much more than the other. For heaven’s sake, there’s enough evil already! I mean, I love reading about atrociously caniving imbeciles as much as the next guy, but I need at least one somewhat redeeming character!
    • The writing is REALLY starting to get on my nerves. It tries so hard to be metaphorical and lyrical, but it simply doesn’t have the rhythm. It’s awkward! It’s choppy! And when it’s not trying to be a wannabe Emily Dickinson, it throws out disgustingly clichéd lines.

      
    THE DRAMA IS ADDICTING, the book incites passion. Alas the writing is atrocious and the technical errors are plentiful.

    Is fluffy fantasy a thing? Because it is now. You’re welcome, friends.

    Do I ever write a review without a Les Miserables gif? (No. No I do not.) Are there any cocaine flavored books I should know about? (Hugs not drugs.) 

          Rebel Spring | People Keep Dying. LOL.

           Title: Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2)

          Author: Morgan Rhodes

          Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

          Pages: 401

          Published: December 3, 2013 by Razorbill

          The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

          Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
          Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.

          Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.

          Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

          After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…
          At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

          When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences. 

            

            

          • Morgan Rhodes goes and sneakily plants bombshells on EVERY PAGE. Dull moments? There are none. Whether it be a couple more doses of intrigue or someone’s secrets exposed, drama is continuous.
          • Here’s the thing. Cleo + Jonas is endgame, and in Rebel Spring they actually interact and OH THE CLEO + JONAS SHIPPITY SHIP SHIPPING. They are my scrumptious little cupcakes. I have heard that their ship name is Cleonius. This reminds me of a disgusting herb such as paprika or oregano. Ergo, I shall continue to declare Cleo + Jonas. 

            

          • People die ALL THE TIME. I’m listing this as a good thing not because I am a heartless potato, (which I am, of course) but because killing off characters is a big risk, and Morgan Rhodes does it masterfully.

           

          • This book is 90% rich people hate, which, as a poor little pickle, very much bothered me. They were viewed by everyone (even royalty!) to be ignorant and useless. Firstly, being rich doesn’t make you automatically stupid. Secondly, if these rich people are ignorant, maybe you can educate them instead of just mocking them, you peasants.

            

          • In this book, the second book in the series, it’s randomly mentioned that there are other kingdoms. IN THE SECOND BOOK. That major fact needs to be established in the first book. I mean, the other kingdoms aren’t even on the map! It’s just one pathetic little island! What is this world-building madness??
          • Many of the characters are flat and dimensionless. They’re mostly extremes. Aron? Pathetic coward. King Gauis? Pure evil. This makes for good entertainment, but not much else. 

            
          The plot is delicious, dramatic perfection, but there’s a definite lack of technical polishing.

          Read if you’re in the mood for a fluffy fantasy WHERE EVERYONE DIES.

          Which of your favorite authors kill of all their characters?