Gathering Darkness Review

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher:  Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Status: Third installment of the Falling Kingdom Series
Rating: 5 Stars

Book Summary (Goodreads):

War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.

Alliances form across Mytica and beyond as royals and rebels alike race to hunt down the Kindred—the four elemental crystals that give their owners god-like power. The stakes have never been higher for Magnus and Cleo, who are brought together by a life or death decision that will lock their fates and change the course of the kingdom forever.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

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.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that everyone he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved? 

My Review:

This was my favorite book of 2014. I anxiously awaited this book all year and when I finally got my hands on it I couldn’t put it down. This series just keeps getting better and better and Gathering Darkness is the best so far! I can’t believe there’s three more books to go! One of my favorite things about these books is that you really get to see each of the characters evolve. Some evolve into extraordinary heroes while others give in to that darkness. Some hold on to that small light of good, refusing to extinguish it while others think the only way forward is to allow that darkness to consume them. Cleo and Jonas are fantastic in Gathering Darkness. Lucia’s story I purely loved. My all time favorite character is Magnus whom I absolutely love. His story was by far my favorite. I love him even more in Gathering Darkness than I did in the previous novels. I have high hopes for that young man!

Gathering Darkness is a dark, complex, and a captivating story. Filled with magic, fighting, and unexpected love. There’s betrayal, hope, and heartache. It’s a beautiful masterpiece of young adult and fantasy novels, and one of my favorite stories I have ever read.

The hunt for The Kindred has begun, Lucia and Cleo together search for it. But they are not alone in the hunt. Gathering Darkness brings new players to the game as the kingdoms around them are being destroyed under the Blood King’s reign. Jonas does everything in his power to help Cleo, but is it enough?

The Watchers: We learn more about the Watchers in this in this book. I love the story of the Watchers. I think Alexius has a noble heart and tries his best to remain true to it. But Melenia’s dark power grows in this story.

The Rebels: Lysandra’s story was honestly my favorite in this book. She is a wild, fierce character, and is the rock and strength of the Rebel’s. Without her I’m not sure Jonas would be able to lead. She honestly steadies him.

The Defeated: Auranos is defeated. The King rules with little mercy, but keeps customs the same in order to avoid any rebellions. Cleo does her best to blend in so that she can slowly take them over. But she needs help. Jonas does his best, but I’m not entirely sure it’s his help she needs.

The Conquerors: I love everyone’s POV in this book, but my favorites are Lucia and Magnus. It’s so neat to see Lucia become more confident in her abilities and to not see them as evil. And her love story with Alexius is amazingly well done. King Gaius is still a dark, twisted King that hunts eagerly for The Kindred so that he can be more powerful than anything. And then there’s Magnus.. my heart aches for Magnus, it always has. But I still believe there’s a light inside of him. His story is mostly about him trying to deal with the horrible deeds his father commits, and trying to ignore his fondness for Cleo. He also does whatever he can to help his sister, even though he ignores her half the time. It is my belief that Magnus has the ability to become the best of them. But maybe I’m wrong, because those with the highest potential sometimes have the biggest fall.

What I didn’t like about the book: 

Honestly there wasn’t one single thing I disliked about this book. It was that good. Well worth the year wait. It didn’t disappoint.

What I liked about the book:

Is it possible to love every little thing about a book? I loved the plot, I loved the characters. I loved to see who went bad and who went good, who stayed the same and who changed. I loved the darkness, the light, the moments my heart broke and the moments that took my breath away. And the ending. Oh my gosh the ending. WOW! This book is purely magical.

Book Quotes:

It was a crushing defeat in far too many ways, and if Jonas thought about it too much he could barely see straight, could barely function beyond his guilt and grief.
His plan. His orders.
His fault.
Again.  – Morgan Rhodes, Gathering Darkness

It was moments such as this when she found the prince to be the most confusing. It was so unexpected to see pain in a boy so cold, a boy responsible for all the monstrous deeds she hated him for. But a true monster shouldn’t be capable of feeling pain like that. – Morgan Rhodes, Gathering Darkness

“Lately my more troubling dreams have shifted from ones of my dark-haired sister to ones of a princess with hair of pale gold.” He took up a lock of Cleo’s waist-length hair and twisted it around his index finger. He stared at it, transfixed. “Dreams of one I was bound to against my wishes.”
Her cerulean eyes widened. “You dream about me?”
His gaze snapped back to hers. “Nightmares only.” – Morgan Rhodes, Gathering Darkness

About the Author (Goodreads):

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Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

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