DISCLAIMER: this review was originally written and posted to my booklr (bookish tumblr) on FEBRUARY 16th, 2015, and is being archived on this blog. This review contains my thoughts on the book at the time that I read it, but I have not re-read it since then, so my feelings about the content may have changed.
Date of Publication: December 9th, 2014
Dates Read: January 17th – February 16th, 2015
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.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Morgan Rhodes is going to kill me with her books, I swear. I have always enjoyed her writing style and world building. And her characters, well, they’re so complex that I actually like the guy that most people hate.
AND MY OTP. THEY KISSED. THAT PROBABLY MEANS ONE OF THEM IS GOING TO DIE SOMETIMES DURING THE NEXT 3 BOOKS AND I DON’T THINK I’M PREPARED FOR THAT.
But as much as I enjoyed it, it didn’t quite earn 5 stars as the last 2 books had. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I feel like something is lacking in this book. That, and there is just so much going on at once that sometimes it’s a little hard to keep track of.
But yeah, if this is a milder version of Game of Thrones, then I will probably never read GoT. So much dying in this series. I can barely handle it.
Overall: Kind of meh at some points, but still a great read. My love for Morgan Rhodes knows no bounds.