Title: Crystal Storm
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series Status: 5th addition in the Falling Kingdoms series
Page Count: 379
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.
In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.
Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.
The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.
Review: I have no words. I loved every but of this. I have to admit, this was almost a 4.5/5 stars but the ending redeemed itself. I have been waiting for this to come out for a year, and it certainly did not disappoint. After the events of the last book, I was anxiously waiting for what would transpire in Crystal Storm.
Most of this had me just devoured and wanting more. I will say that there were a few parts that were slow-paced and could even be boring or uninteresting, but the majority of this was entertaining. I feel there were far too little bloody, action-packed scenes, but that is just me. There was tons of action and following in this, and it was exciting and gripping for the most part.
Magnus and Cleo, oh man. I can not handle those two. I love them together, and I love their romance. They have one of my favourite romances in YA literature. Although, it seems they are a bit sour. While they are clearly in love, they fight a lot and are each filled with insecurity and even sometimes distrust. I worry for their future relationship, as I love it so much.
Lucia is having a baby, and there was far too little of it. This is such a big plot twist, and very little was mentioned and shown. While I can admit, some of the first scenes with Lucia were slow and boring, they developed to be interesting and intriguing. I wanted to see so much more of her in this book, and I was just upset that there wasn’t.
I also wanted to see more of Felix. I grew to love him in the last book, and I wished there were more scenes with him in this book.
I have really grown on Jonas. In the beginning I hated him and found him to be whiny and annoying, and then his character started developing more depth to him, especially after Lys.
There are really so many things I want to talk about that happened, but I wanted to make this spoiler free. This was a great read, highly anticipated by many, and not disappointing.
I give this book 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of fantasy and high fantasy.
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