Review: Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) – Morgan Rhodes

Another week, another ‘Falling Kindoms’ book review.

Today it’s all about book three in the epic fantasy series, Gathering Darkness. 

Interested to see if Gathering Darkness (Gathering Darkness #3) surpassed Rebel Springs (Falling Kingdoms #2)? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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17342700Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes 

Publisher: Razorbill (December 9, 2014)

Print Length: 416 pages

Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins

Narrator: Fred Berman

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 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.

The Review

While I still would rate this book high on my personal scale, Gathering Darkenss (Falling Kingdoms #3) failed to live up to or surpass its predecessors, making it my least favourite of the series thus far.

Talking place directly following the conclusion of Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness follows Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, and Lucia as they race against time and each other to capture the Kindred and claim the kingdom of Mytica.

Well, I’m still waiting for another of our four principle characters to show proficiency in Elementia magic. While a big plot twist was revealed about the Kindred, it seems that the development in regards to the magic systems has stalled in favour of the political story line. While I am rather invested in the political intrigue, I hope that Rhodes develops the Elementia topic a bit more in the last three novels.

As with the previous two novels, Gathering Darkness follows four principle PoV’s: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia. Cleo is still my favourite perspective to read from. She’s gone through so much in just three books, and I hope that by the end of the series shes sitting on her throne with her enemies at her feet. In Gathering Darkness the reader is given its first taste of a love triangle between Cleo, Jonas, and Magnus. And like a shark to blood I lapped it up hook, line, and sinker. While I can see why people would like Cleo and Jonas together, I can’t wait to see his relationship with Lysandra to develop. What can I say, I am a sucker for the enemies turned lovers trope and Cleo and Magnus are clearly getting on that train. Lucia on the other hand, has only moved further down my ‘characters I dislike’ list. Besides disliking her personality, I also can’t stand her insta-love relationship with Alexius. They met while she was in a coma, and then when they are physically beside each other they decide the best course of action is to elope. Like nope.

While I had my issues with Gathering Darkness it ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, and as such, be prepared for a Frozen Tides review sometime in the next few weeks. I’m definitely ‘ready to watch the world burn.’

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes. Have any epic fantasy recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.

 

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