Review: Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) – Morgan Rhodes

After this review, there will only be one more ‘Falling Kingdoms’ novel I have yet to read.

Given that book four, Frozen Tides, has been my favourite in the series thus far, book five, Crystal Storm, had a lot to live up to.

Did Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdom #5) dethrone Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdom #4) as my favourite in the series? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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23367261Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill (December 13, 2016)

Print Length: 379 pages

Audiobook Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins

Narrator: Fred Berman

The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

The Review

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) was able to successfully build off of the intrigue of the previous installment, while finally giving me something I have been asking for since book one.

Taking place directly following the conclusion of Frozen Tides, Crystal Storm follows Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, Lucia, Felix, and Amara as the forge alliances, shatter allegiances, and sacrifice everything in pursuit of the Kindred.

Of course, when I finally decide to let my magical beef go Rhodes finally allows another of our PoV’s the ability to tap into magic. While I am not going to say who, you can bet that when it happened my jaw was on the floor, and then immediately followed with a Breakfast Club fist in the air for finally being rewarded for my patience. That aside, Rhodes once again did really well developing the plot, leading up to all the resolution that is going to have to happen in the final book, Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6).

As with the previous novel, Frozen Tide, Crystal Storm follows six key PoV’s: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, Lucia, Felix, and Amara. Rhodes is continuously developing the characters making them feel incredibly real. And yet, there is a downside to Rhodes’ development, and that is the regression of the characters of Cleo and Magnus. In the last book, the characters were finally grew past their hatred for one another, seeing one another as allies with the same end goal, however, in this book, they never take the next, natural step in their relationship, with Magnus in particular deciding to retreat back to being cynical, jealous, and mistrustful. Hopefully this will change in Immortal Reign, and I can scratch my apprehension about their impending ending. The only other character development I want to touch on is the budding relationship between Lucia and Jonas. As we know, Jonas is trying to come to grips with the events of the last novel, and having Rhodes’ throw him together with Lucia didn’t really click with me. I only hope that if these character are quote unquote endgame Rhodes develops their relationship through out the last book to be more of a natural progression.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes. Have any high fantasy recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.

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