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 have so many feelings about this book. I have so many feelings. So many feelings.
After I read the Throne of Glass series, and by read I mean binged as quickly as humanly possible, I never thought I was going to find a series that was able to shock me and surprise me as much as that book did. But no, no no no, I was so wrong. My best friend was the one who recommended this series to me, shout out to you if you’re reading this review for whatever reason, mister.
Anyways, point of that is I’m horrible when it comes to reading books that were recommended to me. For whatever reason, in my difficult brain, I love to not read books people say I should read. It’s probably because in my mind, should translates into have to and I like to read books that I pick for myself to read. It’s complicated, and it makes little to no sense, but this series is actually a must read. Like, I wish I could go back to my old self and tell her to get on this series faster. Although, I’m really happy there are four books out for me to binge read.
This is new for me, but I’m going to talk about the plot first. I seriously have no idea where this series is going anymore. I thought I kind of had an idea of what was going to happen, or even an inklings of what certain things would lead to, but literally all of them were wrong.
Okay, so now I want to discuss the characters. More specifically Cleo.
First off, I seriously hated her in the first two books. She just seemed whiny and needy, and overall just the stereotypical spoiled princess character. I hate stereotypes, especially when it comes to girl stereotypes in YA novels, and she fit it perfectly. But she seriously redeemed herself in this book. She actually so cunning and so sneaky and smart, and I love her now.
“Some sought revenge against their mortal enemies with the edge of a sword. Her plan for vengeance began with the edge of a smile.”
Spoilery Section Below
Now, this is the spoilery section. I even put a little warning above, pro book reviewer style.
Can we just talk about Magnus and Cleo? I called from book one that we were probably gonna see them sailing a ship of their own, simply because they’re the exact opposite of each other. That always seems to be the theme of a main romantic relationship in fantasy books, doesn’t it? And at first I thought I was going to hate it and totally resent them, but then I remembered how much I don’t like Jonas and I was 100% okay with it happening.
“It was desperate, this kiss. Violent, even.”
I think because the author built up this relationship, it made the great reveal so much better. I don’t know if it even really counts as a “great reveal” because they’re still denying their undying, uncontrollable love for each other. But it’s whatever, it’s not like I know best for them and know they belong together.
It’s only that I know best for them and they belong together.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!