Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Series: Falling Kingdoms Series , #4
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Prologue- A flashback of King Gaius and his mother telling him the stories of the Kindred and how he is destined to find them and rule the world.
Amara is on her way to Krashian with the Water Kindred. Magnus, Cleo and Nic makes it to the Limeroian castle, where Magnus finds Kurtis, a rival of his since boyhood and Grand King’s Liege of Limeros, seated upon his throne. Kurtis refused to give up the throne until Magnus had him removed by guards and forced onto his knees before Magnus with a blade to his throat. Jonas’s wound had gotten much worse and he was in and out of unconscious for a period of time. Galyn had tried to help by putting healing mud on the wound. Nerissa left a message for Jonas with Gayln, stating that King Gaius is preparing a ship to leave very soon but does not know where to. Jonas and Lys then make a plan to go in disguise to the dock to try and kill the king. Lys is forced to wear a dress and Jonas gets a bad haircut and an eye patch.
In Paelsia, Lucia and Kyan were bonding over their hatred for watchers. Kyan told Lucia about Timotheus being the last immortal that can imprison him again and keep his fellow siblings locked away. Kyna shared with Lucia how to pray the truth out of people by using her an obedience spell to gather information about the stone wheels. The more they try to resist the more painful it is.
While in Auranos, Felix had made it into the castle and was waiting to be seen by the king when Lord Gareth ordered guards to put him in chains and take him to the dungeon. Felix did not understand why he was being thrown away on a whim. The Lord told him there is a warrant for his arrest due to high treason. Felix bargained with the lord telling him he possessed the Sky kindred and must give it to the king. The guards knock Felix out without another word. Felix awake in front of the king who wanted answer for his lengthy silence and for causing such explosions that killed many of his followers just to rescue rebels. Felix explains that he was just trying to earn their trust to learn their secrets, and that now he was totally loyal to the Corba clan and the king. He then offered him the Sky kindred to try and show his loyalty. The king told Felix he would pardon him of his crimes if he past a trial for him. Aeson, a fellow member of the cobra clan how now wanted the king dead, was brought in. The deal was whoever won got to walk while the other would be executed. Aeson was given a sword, but Felix was to use pure skill to prove his worth. Aeson had decided to abandon the fight and instead turn to take out the king. He killed the guards in his way and Felix took the sword from their lifeless body and plunged it into Aeson. The King had already planned that Aeson would make an attempt of his life and if Felix stopped him which he did he would pass the test. The king once again please with Felix told him about his important journey to Krashian and that Felix would be his bodyguard for the trip.
Meanwhile, Amara had arrived in Krashian and was greeted by Mikah, a place guard who was sold to her father by his family. The emperor acted as cold as ever toward her and asked about if his son would be returning soon but Amara lied and said maybe he would. The emperor called her over grabbed Amara by her face and questioned her about the king and what she had told him. She responded that everyone was very kind and they discussed nothing of importance. The emperor grew harsh and tightened his grip on her face and asked her why the king was on his way to his empire.The emperor loathed her existence, which she already knew he did, and told her that he wished the drowning would have worked.
Once in her room Amara found great happiness to find Neela, her grandmother, waiting for her. Amara told her grandmother that she was right Ashur did deceive her when given the chance. Her grandmother felt no remorse toward his death. She said his heart was too weak and it must have been done. Amara had to know the truth as to why she survived the ritual drowning. Her grandmother told her about how Amara’s mother had known about the drowning and went to a powerful apothecary. She asked for a potion of resurrection and used it on Amara, but she had to give her life in return. Amara did in fact die but was brought back.
Jonas had made it to Auranaos and was waiting at the dock for the king to show. Him and Lysandra had split up to try and find more information about where the king was headed. Jonas began to smell something horrible like rotting meat. He was trying not to pass out when Bruno, Gayln’s father, had spotted Jonas and informs him the king is already gone along with Nerissa and that the smell was his shoulder it was rotting away and he would die soon. He needed to find a heeler with good Earth magic. Lys told jonas they would only focus on finding a healer. Jonas tried to argue with her about it but she confessed her love for him and told him she could not lose him. Jonas agreed but they would look for one on the way to Limeros so they could kill the prince and rescue Cleo. Jonas and Lysandra still had no luck finding a healer and had reached Limeros. Lysandra knew someone was following them and when she captured the stalker it was a witch how wanted to help. She fully restore Jonas’ arm, and join the rebel group.
Cleo’s was taking archery lessons with Kurtis but they were less of her skill improving and more of Kurtis telling her everything he thought wrong about Magnus being on the throne. Cleo confided in Nic after she had a horrible dream about Theon and Magnus. She thought she was falling in love with the prince. Nic had told her that he was a monster and could never be trusted for he was the son of the King of Blood and had killed Theon. Magnus had followed them to the garden though and overheard their conversation and had confronted them when he seen Lucia approach.Lucia asked them as to where the wheel on the castle grounds was located but before Magnus could answer Cleo said they did not know where it was. Fearing that Cleo knew something that he did not he agreed with Cleo. Lucia had tried to play nice with Magnus to get the information of where the wheel was by fixing his broken arm, and insisting that she truly loved him even more than a brother. Cleo told him that she was just tricking him. Lucia then took to the other method, she used her power to draw the truth out painfully. Once at the wheel Kyan sensed no magic. Timotheus had already closed it.
Lucia then took to using her powers on Cleo about where the Water Kindred was. Nic tried to help but was blown back and rocked out. Cleo told her the truth that Amara had taken it.
Jonas was scoping out the castle while the girls were back at the inn. That was when Jonas spotted Magnus and was about to kill him when he promised Jonas an alliance if he did not kill him and that they all could sit down and chat. Once inside the castle Magnus had Jonas put in chains and sent to the throne room he brought Cleo in to discusses an alliance, who was more than happy to see Jonas. Jonas, Cleo, and Magnus agreed to a three way alliance so they would each get their own kingdoms back. Jonas, the girls, and Nic set out in the dead of night to find an exiled watcher in Paelsia for Cleo.
Lucia and Kyan had found four wheels by now but still none held any magic. Timotheus pulls Lucia into a dream and warns her about Kyan misleading her and that he can see visions of the future, but all she wants to do is kill him. Back in Krashian the king had arrived promising emperor that if he dared try to get near his kingdom his sorceress daughter would annihilate them all and that he possessed all four of the Kindred. Which Amara knew was a lie but held her tongue. The king proposed a deal that is they shared Krashian and Mytica, the king would share the Kindred and their power. While waiting for the emperor to respond Felix and Amara had been getting close and heated.
Felix had ran into Mikah and Taran, another member of Cobra gone rogue, while he was checking on the ship to make sure it was ready if they ever needed to make a quick getaway. Mikah confessed to being a rebel and convenience Felix to join them but first he had to get word to Magnus. Once Jonas and Nic had returned Magnus had sent them to the dungeon to question why his new allies had left without notice. Nic claimed they had been in search of a present for Cleo’s birthday. Once in the throne room Magnus had received the letter from Felix that told his father had offered Mytica and the Kindred to the emperor on a silver platter. Attached inside the envelope was a piece of forearm skin with the cobra clan tattoo marked on it. Magnus decided to send Jonas to meet Felix in Krashian to help. Nic had his own vengeance in mind as he said he would accompany him.
After much thought the emperor accepted the terms and the deal was final but he had only one more concern, his bloodline. Amara had sought out Felix even though he thought they should not continue their private meetings due to the marriage. But she took him to the main hall and ordered his arrest for being a rebel. She had no claim to this she was just starting to fall in love with Felix. Neela had always said love is weakness so she had to get rid of it. The king no longer had use for him so he did not care.
Once Jonas and Nic had arrived in Krashian they did not see Felix but instead were met by Mikah who informed them that Felix was in the dungeon and probably executed by now, but Jonas had hope. Jonas went to talk to Olivia who told him the truth. Timotheus had sent her to watch over Jonas for he had visions of him. Jonas had refused her and said he would take her help unless she agreed to not only watch him but his friends. She hated it but she agreed to his terms. Still Jonas did not forgive her. Felix had been tortured so bad his back from the whipping was nothing but raw meat, one of his eyes lay on the floor staring at him. The guard who love the scream of him had to step away for a minute. Just when he returned and Felix was begging for the end to be near. He felt the whole ground shake and the ceiling started to fall. The clash of metal was heard and when all seem quite and he thought he had been forgotten. Jonas was at the door carrying him out of the dungeon and into the light of life again. Felix had to ask many times if this was real and that he was sorry for what he did. Olivia was able to heal all the wounds and they did not even scare. Yet his eye would never return. Felix informed them about Amara, King Gaius, and fleet of guards had already set sail for Limeros and would be arriving soon. Jonas told Olivia to fly as fast as she could to deliver the news to Magnus.
Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One that is quickly fading and the other that will destroy itself.
This book has made me very happy I got exactly what I have been asking for. I actually enjoyed reading this book. I could not wait to get to the next page, and I actually felt emotions while reading it. It is one thing to read a book and think it’s good you like it but for someone to feel things while reading the book I think that is what makes a book.
This book has a lot more deception than the books before it. The deaths in this book have so much more meaning. I did however see a hint of “Game of Thrones” come back just because I have watched and read it and there is a part in it that Morgan seems to have copied, or just randomly thought of it also, but she changed what happens at the end on the event.
While reading this book I grew so frustrated. I have never wanted to just reach into a book and smack someone so hard. I swear the whole time I was reading Lucia’s part about her and Kyan and all the horrible crap they did. I just wanted to shake her to death and ask her what in the heck is she thinking. He does not care for you he is using you, no better than the king did! LISTEN TO TIMOTHEUS, but nooooo she just has to be with him! I swear I have been so angry the whole time I read about her stupidity. I also just wanted Cleo and Magnus to just man up and say you love each other is that so hard. I mean Morgan you have been drawing this out for three books already you are killing us here. WE NEED THEM TO BE TOGETHER! Do not even get me started on Amara I think i hate her more than the king! Why can no one see through her bull crap. I mean I know that we get to read what she is thinking and everything but still why do guys always fall for trashy girls i just will never understand.
I also was so heart broken at one point. I cannot say much because I do not want to give it away, but I felt so sorry for this character. I just wanted to hug them and tell them it’s okay everything will be okay. I hate to admit it but I felt a little bit for Lucia. If I were her I can see how she looks at the world. If my family told me I was stolen from my original family just for my magic power and then use me. She thinks everywhere she goes everyone dies. The one person she gave her heart to betrayed her and used her just like everyone else. Now even Kyan uses her, so she just gives up she helps him and causes pain and death because that’s all she has ever felt. I understand her pain, hate, and her blindness to people who just want to use her. Felix poor, poor Felix. I liked Felix in the beginning to be honest. I loved his smart attitude, the way he was always there for Jonas. Until you know he messed up, but Jonas and Lysandra were talking about killing him.
I am now going to talk about a spoiler. I am going to type it in white font so if you want to read it simple highlight it with your cursor. If you have no clue how to do that you simply hold left click over the blank area and drag you mouse down you should see it highlight white letters with a black background
*I like many others were just dying for Cleo and Magnus to finally confess their love for each other. I took us three and 1/4 to get here. I do want to say I am extremely overjoyed that this happened. I loved that they confessed their love for each other and gave into their desire. Maybe it is just me, because I love Sarah J. Maas books, I was let down. I wanted there to be like some crazy stuff happen when they finally got together. Instead we get a broken Magnus who is all depressed and Cleo comforts him then they makeout. I wanted that overcontrolling, hot headed, sly smirking boy who is dipping with danger to confess his love for Cleo in some cool way. I just was very let down here!*
The ending of this book I can say I a little bit of a let down. Now I love the plot twist at the end and all the crazy stuff that happens with the king, Magnus, Cleo, Lucia, and Kyan. When it come to Nic and Jonas I seen it coming I thought it would have been the best twist in the entire book if Morgan had not foreshadowed the ending earlier on. As soon as I read the paragraph in the beginning of the book I was just like yup great, now I know what’s going to happen. I just do not understand why she could not just have taken out the foreshadowing and explained everything later on. Instead I felt with a ended I had already knew was going to happen.
It makes me wonder if I like Morgan Rhodes that much. Out of this whole series so far I’ve only liked 1 1/2 books. I say 1/2 because I only like the last part of of of the books. Most people like the unexpected and enjoy a shocking end where you would have never seen something coming. Morgan takes that away from me. At the end there are like three “shocking” things that happen. One of them I thought might happen because she give you slight hints but it did shock me when the truth came out. The second one was easy good always beats evil so no shocker there. The third you already told me what would happen so, thanks!?
I can give this book a 3.5/5. Just because I had very high hopes for the way certain things would play out and almost all of them were a let down. The main events in the book were great. I liked the action, the choices that were made, and the dialog. It’s like when you go to see a book that has been turned into a movie and they change of your favorite parts into something boring or bland. You feel let down like how could they do that to your book. That is how I felt at the end of this