And then I read Frozen Tides. And now, I have fallen completely in love with the series. I would say you have to have some patience while reading these books because book one was less than impressive. A lot of first fantasy books are like that- slightly boring because of all the world building. You just have to drag your feet through the first book and try the second. The second book, Rebel Spring, was a fun read and Gathering Darkness made me really start to like the series. Frozen Tides? I am obsessed now. In fact, the next book in the series is one of my highly anticipated books of 2016 (though, it does still remain behind a few books namely books written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas). Seriously, if you follow my tumblr- anjibooks.tumblr.com, you'd know that I've been obsessed with this series recently. Namely a certain pairing in this series.
If you read my review of the first few books, you'd remember my opinion on the characters. From the start, I loved Cleo and Jonas. I despised Magnus and Lucia. I felt the same way after reading Rebel Spring. It was only after reading Gathering Darkness that I started to see a little redemption in Magnus Damora's character. After Frozen Tides I am completely and utterly in love with Magnus Damora. I don't know how that can change so much after only a single book, but it has. If you're wondering, I still abhor Lucia. Why? Just because she's the sorceress reborn, doesn't give her the right to be a grade A annoying brat. Seriously, I just want Lucia to die and be done with it. She was especially annoying in this book- I was tempted to skip her chapters, I didn't, of course, due to me wanting to have the full experience and maybe starting to like Lucia more? Nope. Still hate her as much as I did from book 1, if not more.
Nevertheless I'm impressed with this series. I started out feeling a little chilly towards the series and by book four I love it. I started out absolutely hating a character and by book four I love him. There's not a lot of books I can say I felt that way about. I'm very glad that I decided to give Rebel Spring a chance after reading Falling Kingdoms because it was very worth it.
If you haven't read any of these books yet, I highly recommend them. Sure, even if you weren't/aren't too into Falling Kingdoms, give Rebel Spring a chance because I strongly believe you'll find yourself enjoying the series before you know it.
Frozen Tides was a whirlwind of a book- filled with deception and intrigue from the start. It picks off immediately after Gathering Darkness ended- covering all the drama and consequences of what happened in Gathering Darkness. All of it. ;)
I'd give Frozen Tides 8.5/10 stars. For me, that's a very high rating. Getting 7 stars could mean it's a favorite of mine so 8.5 means I really loved it. And that I did.
Here's the synopsis: (It contains spoilers for the previous books)
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
I seriously cannot wait for the next book. How am I supposed to be able to wait a year for it to be released?!
Cleo is still my all time favorite character. Usually I don't like the characters who can't physically fend for themselves, but even though Cleo isn't a fighter, she's quite the strong character. I love the way she is able to 'play' people with her deception and I really enjoy the arc of her story.
Okay, that was random. Now, go read the book so you can read my oh so intriguing thoughts in the spoiler section.
SPOILERS BELOW FOR FROZEN TIDES
I think we all know what I really want to talk about in the spoilers section. Magneo. Yeah. I started out hating Magnus and hoping he dies and now I love him and hope he and Cleo are able to survive this on coming war. It's funny, because in the beginning, I totally shipped Cleonas. (Cleo and Jonas) but now I'm all for Magnus and Cleo, though, I wouldn't mind a few more Cleonas moments. Haha. I do love the drama.
I put this on my tumblr and it is totally true. "My reread of Frozen Tides is going to consist only of Magnus and Cleo Chapters." And that it did. So did the rereread and the rerereread. I love the palpable tension between the two in this book. It was magnificently written. And then when Cleo had her speech on the balcony, I just couldn't even. Magnus propping himself against the column and noticing Cleo wearing red was one of my favorite scenes in the book.
But I'm sure we all know what my actual favorite scene was. Chapter 37 was amazing. Let's just remember the height difference between Cleo and Magnus now. So Magnus sees a short little hooded figure running at him with a war cry and an ax. I'm sorry, I just find the imagery hilarious. And then this happened:
""Shh." She pressed her fingertips to his lips. "Don't ruin this by talking. We might start arguing again."
When she smiled then, he knew he was already ruined.
Her lips met his again, and Magnus surrendered any small grasp of control he had left.
He didn't deserve her; he knew he didn't. He was the Prince of Blood, the son of a monster, who said and did cruel things. Who preemptively leapt to hurt anyone before they could hurt him first.
But he would show her that he could change.
Magnus could change for her.
She was his princess. No. She was his goddess. With her golden skin and golden hair. She was his light. His life. His everything.
He loved her more than anything else in the world.
Magnus worshipped his beautiful goddess that night, both her body and her soul, before the heat of the blazing hearth, upon the rug bearing the symbol of the kingdom his father had stolen from her."
AAHHH. Just typing that made me smile. When I read it for the first time? I legit died. Best part in the whole book. Like the tension between the two of them the entire book- neither fully trusting the other but finally giving in to their feelings? Prime. Loved it. That might be one of my favorite relationship get togethers ever. It was so perfectly written out.
A lot of people are saying they're getting seriously annoyed with Nic, especially with the stunt he pulled at the end. But me, being a loyal Nic lover from the beginning can't bring myself to hate him. After all, he's only doing what he sees best for Cleo. Even if it really isn't his choice, he's only trying to help her. And I love that about him. His loyalty and love for Cleo is something I really appreciate. He's not trying to betray her or anything- as much as I love the betrayals and deception, I also appreciate having someone to trust. And that someone is Nicolo.
What did y'all think about the end? Do you really think Ashur is alive? I mean they never did see the body and you know what they say (I don't know if anyone has ever said this but) IF YOU DON'T SEE THE BODY AND DEMOLISH THE BODY THEN THEY ARE POSSIBLY ALIVE. Besides, in some things the body can be demolished and the person or thing can still come back to life. I'm looking at you, Vampire Diaries and Originals. And if he's not alive is he stuck in some in-between or something?
What do we think of Amara? I still dislike her and think she should go die in some painful way but after seeing her back story I have a twid bit of sympathy for her. Only a twid. And Neesta or whatever her grandmother's name is? She definitely has some ulterior motive. I'm interested to see how she's going to use Amara. Actually, I really still don't like Amara, especially after what she did to Felix. Oh, yeah, Felix, do you all think he was redeemed in this book? I feel like he was. I really like his character still.
And then there's the whole Lucia thing. Honestly I couldn't care less about her. I might've laughed a little when she realized she was pregnant and her powers were fading. Like, ha, that's what you get for being such an insufferable, annoying, bitch. Sorry for all you Lucia fans out there, I just don't like her. Who knows? Maybe I will come to like her just as I did Magnus. Maybe. Probably not.