Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill, 416 pages
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
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 series just keeps getting better and better. The world-building, the plot, the characters, the writing…all fantastic! This is one of those series where the characters are complex and grow and change so much, and there are twists and turns in the plot that I never saw coming. Loved the reveal about the Kindred.
Magic, political intrigue, betrayal, and a slow burning romance that I ship. So much. In a way, it's so wrong, but then it's also so right. I can't handle all of the emotions! One of my favorite fantasy series. It equals and perhaps surpasses the Throne of Glass series. *gasp* If you're not reading this, you should be. I have such a book hangover after this one, I need the next book NOW.
Posted by: Pam