Title: Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms Book 3)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill, December 2014
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Page Count: 416
My Rating: 5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble
Summary (from Goodreads):
Warning: This is the 3rd book in the series, and synopsis will contain spoilers for previous books!
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 LOVED everything about this book. It built on the foundation of the previous books, and is the best book of the series so far. I thoroughly enjoy the character development in this series, and the characters did not disappoint in this installment. They have all come so far since book one, and are not the same people we’ve seen in previous books.
My only complaint about this book was that the Kraeshians seemed very flat and two-dimensional as characters. But, ultimately, I overlooked that because of how well our main characters are developed.
We have reached the middle of the series, and the climax of this book has me very excited for the rest of the series.
This series is a very fun ride, and I recommend it for any fan of character-driven fantasy.