Author: Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 15th 2015 by, Razorbill
Series: Falling Kingdoms book #4
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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.
This is the fourth book in the Falling Kingdoms series and it still produces the same goods as the previous books. Click here to read my review on book 1, book 2 and book 3.
The plot line is still the same but perhaps slightly a tad bit more confusing. It seems as the series go on and as the readers, we find out more, the plot line thickens and more ingredients are added to the bubbling potion that will erupt by the end of the whole series.
Our four main characters: Cleo, Magnus, Lucia and Jonas are still in the midst of all the elemental, Kindred and Watchers business and none have found a solid answer as to how to end this all.
The four main characters are all set in their own journey but they do see each other along the way.
We see a whole new side to Lucia in this book. She simply does not care about anyone at the beginning of the book and wants everyone to feel the same level of grieve and hurt that she experienced. Her vision in this book did annoy me and what did not help was that she became all pally with the fire Kindred, who was let out from his globe in book 3 by Lucia. Both are vengeance seeking creatures and because of this they tend to create some damage wherever they go. However, near the end of the book, once Lucia finds out a little secret about herself, her vision become a little bit clearer and she realises the damages she has caused.
Jonas. Ah, Jonas. Constantly failing in whatever he was doing that even his hard core fans were getting tired of him. Nonetheless, throughout this book he does seem to be making moderate steps at achieving a better world, or at least getting some worthwhile people on his side.
Cleo and Magnus. I put them together and for all of you who have read this book will understand. They are so similar yet so different from each other. One is literally like light, whilst the other is dark. They need and want each other and as the readers you desperately want the two characters to make up their mind quicker and just get together! No doubt that it is Magnus who is more afraid of revealing his true feelings even though his teasing and arguments with Cleo was comical at times.
As always with the Falling Kingdoms books, there are sudden deaths. I always have to remind myself never to get attached to these characters because they could disappear in a blink of an eye.