Falling Kingdoms #4
by Morgan Rhodes
Published on December 15, 2015 by Razorbill
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.
CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.
MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.
LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.
JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.
KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.
You have to feel bad for the people of Mythica. Their leaders are fighting amongst themselves and making power-alliances, changing the future of the continent, and causing all sorts of chaos. I’d certainly hate to live there.
If you’ve kept up with the series so far, you know that things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows on the small continent. Magnus and Cleo are married and on the run in the north. Lucia is god-knows-where. Jonas can go screw himself. King Gaius is out-of-sorts with his children missing. All around a mess. And like its characters, this book was a tad chaotic too.
Frozen Tides covers the aftermath of the Kindred findings, but doesn’t seem to have a specific event or end game its working toward. Unlike the previous novels, this book was an assortment of events smashed together that will eventually lead somewhere, but didn’t do much in this book. I wasn’t really swept away until the last quarter of the book when those smaller events escalated into slightly bigger events. But even then, I felt like Frozen Tides acted as a filler novel between Gathering Darkness and the upcoming Crystal Storm. Whether this is because the series was originally intended to have just 4 books or not, I’m not sure, but it left me a little disappointed. The plot was on-point, but didn’t have the action that I like to see accompanying the characters I love.
And let me tell you, I LOVE Cleo and Magnus. OTP of the series. They’re absolutely fantastic. I came around to Cleo in previous books and in this one she owned, taking control and being a ruler. When she’s queen she will kick major ass, for sure. Magnus is the brooding sweetheart we all know (and hopefully love as much as I do). They remind me a bit of Beauty and the Beast in the way they act, Cleo never losing faith and Magnus coming around despite the threat of his father. Sure, Magnus was a massive jerk and I don’t think Cleo should forgive him as easily as she does but they’re a work-in-progress so I’ll forgive it because I love them too much. Now Rhodes just needs to get rid of the little crush Jonas has on Cleo and I’ll be truly happy.
Speaking of Jonas, I still hate him. Didn’t like him in the last book. Really didn’t like him in this one. I feel like his only contribution to the story anymore is screwing up. Not even in the comedic relief way. Just failing. Hard. Also, convenient that his love interest is no longer in the running… Stop throwing him with Cleo. He’s so not good enough for her. Every character doesn’t need to be paired up with someone! It seems to be the mentality in this series and it’s driving me insane.
Another failure: Lucia. I think I hate her as much as Jonas. For a while there she had my interest and support but then Frozen Tides came along and BOOM, support shattered. Several times I wished I could reach through the pages and slap her. She took spoiled brat to a new level with the “I know everything” mentality. Ugh, just kill me. I’ve almost given up on her but the ending gave her a glimmer of redemption, enough for me to hope for something better in book 5.
Two more characters had a chance to narrate this book, Amara the Kraeshian princess and Felix the assassin. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about Felix’s PoV for a while and didn’t really care by the end of the book. His allegiance flip-flopped too much for me to truly like his character but there’s potential for future books. But Amara…
Amara is QUEEN. I both love and hate her. I should, by all rights, despite her guts for the horrible things she does, but I don’t. She is bad but she is fierce. The world better watch out.
Frozen Tides ends with one hell of a cliffhanger and the next installment can’t come out soon enough. While this wasn’t my favorite book of the series, it was highly eventful (almost too much) and reminded me of an attempt at being the young adult Game of Thrones, which the series as shown similarities to before. If you’ve kept up with the Falling Kingdoms series so far, you won’t want to miss out on this book.