Gathering Darkness (Book 3 in the Falling Kingdoms Series)
by: Morgan Rhodes
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Expected Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Bang Bang Rating 4.25/5
The story picks up with the marriage of Cleo and Magnus, Lucia’s discovery of her new talents, Jonas’ quest to avenge his brother and people, and the continued tyranny of the King of Blood. In the third installment, the crystals are found and more is revealed behind the importance of them.
This is not the final book. I believe there will 6 or 7 books in the series.
Dang, that was Good
- Fast Paced– Just like the 2 previous books in the series, Gathering Darkness is action packed. There’s never a lull in the action. This book is told from 4 POVs and this contributes to the action.
- Game of Thrones Inspired– This series has been described as the Game of Thrones for teens and I would agree. There are several characters and GD introduces new characters. There’s a lust for the throne, there’s some sexy stuff, there’s death, there’s change in loyalties-basically all the stuff you like in GOT.
- Strong Males and Female Characters– Rhodes knows how to create a sympathetic Magnus and a strong Cleo. Cleo has slowly become one of my favorite heroines in recent books. She has a clear plan and she’s cunning and manipulative. She’s also a great liar. I have a desired outcome and so far, GD is going the way of my desires. I hope book 4 ends the way I want it to.
That’s too Bad, Dang
- Lucia-While Rhodes makes you root for Magnus and Cleo, she tries to make Lucia a sympathetic character but she also makes her evil. Lucia has some selfish and evil thoughts and I believe she is beyond redemption yet Rhodes tries to make the reader root for her. I WANT HER DEAD!
- The angel storyline is confusing.
I really enjoy this series and although I thought this was the final book and almost threw my Kindle across the room when it ended on a cliffhanger; I am excited for the fourth book.
There are twists and turns, there’s a couple of great romantic story lines, and the characters are well-rounded. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy.