Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Goodreads Summary: 
Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: 
Prince Magnus Damora has defied his father. He travels to Limeros, hoping to reclaim a throne. Princess Cleoina Bellos has not been executed. Freed from the execution platform, she finds unlikely allies around her. Meanwhile, Jonas Agallon the Paelsian rebel is fighting for his life. But it is Lucia Damora who has the toughest decisions to make.

It's been a long time since I read book three. I'd forgotten a lot, but by midway through I managed to recall most of the necessary information. Manus reminds me of Will Herondale, pushing away those close to him with cruelty because he doesn't want to be hurt/hurt anyone. The first part of Frozen Tides had be hating Lucia, but later on she deviated from the blind path of revenge and began to seek right again. I respect her character a lot because she has gone through so much but is only a young girl.

Nothing is confirmed, but I have quite a few Crystal Storm theories. A lot of hints were dropped and it'll be interesting to see if I'm right about any of it. I think the mysterious Timotheus will play a key part in the next book. The Kindred have not been united yet, the four pieces in both malevolent and benevolent hands.

This interweaving of several perspectives reminded me of a TV show. Morgan Rhodes has not hesitated to use cliffhangers to draw back her readers or end chapters abruptly after a shocking revelation and/or event. There could've been a lot more action in the earlier parts of this book and it dragged along  too much for my liking. No one's intentions are clear and everyone has hidden motives in the fourth book of Morgan Rhodes's Falling Kingdoms series.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
 Hardcover
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Recommended for: Fans of fantasy and multi perspective novels.

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