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.
THIS BOOK BLEW THE OTHER BOOKS OUT OF THE WATER. THIS WAS DEFINITELY THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES SO FAR.
The writing in this book was amazing. The book was paced extremely well. The only times I felt like the book was dull was when I was reading from Lucia's POV (more on that later). There were sometimes were I predicted what was going to happen, but there were so many twists that I did not see coming at all! I literally gasped out loud at some of the reveals in this book. Morgan Rhodes is an evil genius.
The characters in this book were amazing. Jonas, Cleo, and Magnus had a lot of character development. I genuinely love all three of those characters. They are all so unique, lovable, and badass. I am going to never recover if they die. I also would be really upset if Lysandra dies. So, Morgan, please don't kill them off.
I ALSO SHIP CLEO X MAGNUS AND JONAS X LYSANDRA SO HARD. NO ONE CAN CONVINCE ME TO SHIP ANYTHING ELSE. THEY BETTER NOT DIE. I WANT THEM TO ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER AND SAIL INTO THE SUNSET.
Now, let's talk about Lucia. I never liked Lucia in the other books, and I still didn't like her in this book. She was whiny, bitchy, annoying, stupid, and easily manipulated. I literally could not stand her. She is going to need A LOT of character development if I am ever going to like her.
So, when it comes to Lucia,
I absolutely loved this book. There were a few things that I didn't like (mainly Lucia), but those things didn't stop me from loving this book.
I'll be here, dying, as I wait for the next book.
5 / 5 Fangs