Frozen Tides – Review // A Prime Example of Immersive Storytelling and Immensely Cruel Cliffhangers

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Book 4 in the Falling Kingdoms series
Genre: YA high fantasy
Pages: 413
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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plot: 20/20
characters: 20/20
setting: 20/20
relationships: 20/20
twists: 20/20

If I had any doubts, this book erased them: I’m addicted to the Falling Kingdoms series. Each book is better than the last, and the fourth book was no different. Frozen Tides was an immersive, intense ride and I loved every page. πŸ˜€

One of the best things about this book was that readers are finally taken outside of Mytica. In this book we get our first taste of the beautiful but grossly misogynistic Kraeshian Empire. Everything is in stunning, vivid jewel-tones, which clashes with the deceptive royal family and makes for an intensely interesting new story-line. However, the flaws within this new land were handled carefully and not just as a plot point, so extra points to Morgan for that. πŸ˜‰

And on the subject of story-lines, each one intensified immeasurably. It was extremely entertaining; I never had a clue what would happen, or what my favorite characters (and lesser favorites) were up to. Alliances were formed and betrayals followed, and the romantic tension and uncertainty was tangible. The hunt for the Kindred had everyone in a frenzy, and it was kind of fun trying to keep up with everyone’s deception and figuring out I, along with the characters, had been completely duped. These books are very enticing, and if you haven’t read them I can’t recommend them enough.

As the series continues, you’ll be more and more grateful for the character index in the front of each book. I know I am. There are so many characters and without the reference list I would’ve enjoyed the books much less, since more time would’ve been spent figuring out who was who. However, it also means there are simply too many characters to talk about without making this review much too long.

Cleo is still my favorite. She’s clever and sassy and determined, so beyond the normal princess stereotypes that I don’t think she could ever go back. She does things to suit her needs but also still plans to save her people and her friends. I loved her even in Falling Kingdoms before everything hit the fan, and by this point she’s only secured her place in my favorite heroines list. I’m not kidding when I say that she’s up with Sarah J. Maas’s, Cassandra Clare’s, and Leigh Bardugo’s female characters. ❀

For the sake of spoilers, all I’ll say is that I absolutely don’t like Gaius, Amara, Timotheus, or Kyan. I’m not sure if I trust Felix or the other rebels, Jonas excluded, and I feel bad for Lucia.

I don’t have much to say about Jonas, even now. He’s a good, strong character and I’m hopeful he’ll accomplish his goals, but there isn’t much else. I like him now and I don’t think that will change unless he betrays Cleo, which I’m sure won’t happen. (Well, I hope. You never know with these books.) So basically, I like him… but I just think he’s average. πŸ™‚

Now, Magnus… where do I start? I’ve been told a handful of times that he’ll grow on me, but I have to admit that I mostly brushed that off. For the first three books I was in a love-hate relationship with him, but instead of 50-50 it was more 25-75. I really just wasn’t his biggest fan. But gosh darn it, he is growing on me. I made it about 85% through the book without having my mind changed, but then in that last 15% I couldn’t figure out what to think. He stopped being a jerk and actually showed emotion and made confessions. To sum it up, I’m surprised and happy to say I now love Magnus. πŸ™‚

I mentioned a little earlier that this book was full of romantic tension and uncertainty. It was far from the main focus, but it was still a palpable thing. Again, I can’t say a lot without spoiling some part of this book or previous ones. However, I can say this: for the majority of this book there weren’t any characters I shipped, but in the end I’ve fallen in love with the idea of a specific pairing. πŸ˜‰

In my reviews for past books in the series I’ve warned about the crazy endings. Now I can’t even do that, because the warning wouldn’t be sufficient.Β The entire book is a physical bind-up of crazy, basically, so if you plan on reading it just go in cautiously. I can promise you this: nothing will go as you expect or as you hope, and your soul might be crushed. And you’ll be shocked beyond words by that ending. It’s an immensely evil cliffhanger. Well, maybe not immensely, but it was so unexpected and impossible and you’ll be desperate to know how it was managed. You have been warned. XD

To sum everything up, Frozen Tides was a fabulously entertaining and wild book, and I absolutely cannot wait for the release of Crystal Storm on December 13th. πŸ˜€

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this book, or others in the series? Are any on your TBR? If you have, what did you think? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚


I’m off to start reading If I Should Die by Amy Plum, the final book in the Revenants trilogy, snuggled under a fleecy blanket because it’s really cold here. Fun fact: I’m actually writing this with a blanket around my shoulders. Not super fun, actually, but there you go. πŸ˜› I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…

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