Gathering Darkness: Falling Kingdoms Review

Gathering Darkness: Falling Kingdoms (Book 3)

by Morgan Rhodes

“The seeds of revolution have been sown… but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

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 he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved.”

After reading Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring I dived straight into Gathering Darkness. I think you need to read in order as there is too much happening.

A week after the events of Rebel Spring, Jonas has a new ally of sorts, Cleo is trying to get close to Lucia to be able to get to the Kindred first, Magnus is having to play host to two foreign royals and Lysandra is in jail.

I really enjoyed this one, there is more happening than in Rebel Spring, there are so many strings criss-crossing. The ending has killed me, I really need to read the next one straight away.

My favourite parts have to be following Cleo, Jonas, Nic and Lysandra. I really love the Paelsian and Auranos storylines, seeing if the rebels will survive to fight another day and what they can do to maim Gaius’ rule.

My favourite characters are still Cleo, Jonas and Nic. Lysandra and Ashur has grown on me along with Alexius and Lucia, however, there were a few sticky points.

Gathering Darkness ends on a cliffhanger, that is because the series continues in Frozen Tides.

While reading this book, I described it as the weaving of webs and pulling of strings in a political quagmire. I would recommend it to anyone. 4 out of 5.