Gathering Darkness – Review // The Perfect Mix of Alliances, Kissing, Betrayals, and Killing

Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Book 3 in the Falling Kingdoms series
Genre: YA high fantasy
Pages: 407
Format: hardback
Source: library
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plot: 20/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 20/20
100/100

Last month I read Rebel Spring and absolutely loved it, so I knew the next book would be a priority this month. For some reason, I didn’t think Gathering Darkness could be any more amazing. It was, though, and I honestly need the fourth book as soon as possible. πŸ˜€

One of the elements I really like about this story is how many subplots there are, and in this book many of them tied together. Each main character has goals, known and hidden, and they conflict with one another. There were many alliances and betrayals, a blendΒ of kissing and killing. I was instantly hooked, even though the prologue here wasn’t quite as captivating as the first two. Throughout the story, there were numerous plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat, and I’m not exaggerating. I had to know what happened, and I’m sure I would’ve read this in two days or less if I didn’t have school as well. πŸ˜‰

I adore the cast of characters in this series. Well, I actually despise a couple (specifically King Gaius, Melenia, and Cronus…), but I love how complex and individual they all are. Cleo is still my favorite character, and to be honest I don’t think that will change. She’s so determined and sassy and clever. I liked Lucia and Nic – I felt bad for them and admired their dedication to get through their respective situations. I’m still mostly neutral about Jonas, but I have to say, Lysandra is definitely growing on me. In my opinion, she’s the best rebel in their group, and I’ll admit that she also reminds me slightly of Lysandra fromΒ Throne of Glass. And I really don’t know how to feel about Magnus. He’s so cold-hearted and a jerk, but I know there’s more to him. He’s shown a tender side a couple of times, but he’ll need to thaw a bit more before I like him. Although a handful of people have told me that he’ll grow on me, so I have hope. πŸ™‚

Also, Amara and Ashur are… interesting. That’s all I’ll say about that.

And if you’re wondering what I meant in the title of this post when I said everyone was dagger-happy… you know how in our world people can be called trigger-happy? (Hopefully that isn’t just a weird US thing and my English/Australian/otherwise international friends understand, hahah.) Well, in theΒ Falling Kingdoms world they don’t have guns, so dagger-happy is my alternative. I mean, there’s a lot of stabbing and killing, so I feel like it’s appropriate. πŸ˜›

The world of Mytica very much remained the same, but I still enjoyed exploring it vicariously. I also enjoyed learning bits and pieces about the Kraeshian culture, which is the land across the ocean from Mytica that Amara and Ashur are from. I fell in love with the world almost instantly, and I don’t think that will change. Auranos is definitely my favorite, and as long as King Gaius has nothing to do with it I wouldn’t mind living there. Overall I think Morgan did an amazing job creating this luscious but brutal world, and I can’t wait to return to it in the fourth book. πŸ™‚

There aren’t really any friendships in this book, because friendship requires trust and that just doesn’t exist in this world. Family is also mostly nonexistent unless you count the Limerian royals, and I don’t because they only see each other as means to an end, basically. Magnus and Lucia might care for each other as siblings, but there’s zero relationship between parent and children, in my eyes. As for the romance, the best word I can use to describe it is tense. There’s honestly so much romantic tension and I found it amusing. There’s a bit of a love square, but I won’t say much about that other than I have high hopes for what will become canon. πŸ˜‰

Of course, I won’t be saying much about the twists either for obvious reasons, but I do want to say this: THE LAST 100 PAGES. OMG. BRACE YOURSELF. That’s all. πŸ™‚

So basically, I absolutely loved every page of this book. It was really intense and I enjoyed it immensely. I think it’s safe to say that Gathering Darkness is my favorite in the series so far, and I have very high expectations for Frozen Tides. Also very high levels of fear. I’m afraid. XD

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Or do you still need to start the series? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

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I’m off to relax and maybe read a bit more of Until I Die by Amy Plum before bed. πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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