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Review: Immortal Reign

Title: Immortal Reign

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: February 6th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

My Review:

Finally, we have reached the end of the Falling Kingdoms journey. And a very satisfying conclusion it was. Kyan, the fire god, was back and set on restoring his siblings.

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As with the other books there are multiple POV’s and just like last time, Cleo and Magnus were my favorites—especially Magnus. I could have actually done without Amara’s POV, but that’s because I have never really liked her to begin with and still don’t. But you can’t like all the characters in every book!

I loved the magic system in it, especially some of the scenes that showed Cleo and her water powers. It was great! Rhodes writing is easy to read and doesn’t get all crazy with lyrical prose, which I like! It has been a fun ride through this series! Now, I just need the third book in her spin-off series to hurry up and release!

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Review: Obsidian Blade

Title: Obsidian Blade

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: November 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Magnus from Falling Kingdoms and Maddox from A Book of Spirits and Thieves are on an epic quest through time in this series-bridging novella.

In a garden of ancient ruins on the cliffs of Limeros, Prince Magnus comes face-to-face with a witch. The old woman incapacitates him with a spell, presses a single object into his hand—an obsidian blade—and tells him to bring it to a woman named Samara before the sun sets and his portal home closes forever.

A flash of dark magic transports Magnus back in time to a Mytica he’s only heard about in storybooks. Lost in this foreign land, Magnus sets out to find Samara. But a chance encounter with the rumored Witch Boy derails his journey. Magnus saves Maddox from a beating, but the cruel Livius is now on their tail. The sun is starting to set. Time is running out. Both boys must fight for their lives.

Follow legendary bad boy Magnus and the enigmatic Maddox as their worlds collide in this high-stakes adventure.

My Review:

I normally do not purchase novellas unless I love the book series, and I love both the Falling Kingdom series and A Book of Spirits and Thieves series. Although, Falling Kingdoms is better in my opinion.

This short novella combines the two and takes Magnus into the past where he runs into Maddox. This novella had me at Prince Magnus. His point of view never fails me, and it didn’t here. Maddox is still my sweet little baby, and there is even a snippet of Cleo from Falling Kingdoms.

The novella wasn’t long, but the bond that Magnus and Maddox shared had me rooting for their friendship. There was action, and I wanted to punch Livius in the face just like I wanted to in A Book of Spirits and Thieves. Anyone who is a fan of Falling Kingdoms and A Book of Spirits and Thieves does not want to miss this.

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Review: Crimson Dagger

Title: Crimson Dagger

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

In this prequel short story, set before the events of Falling Kingdoms book 1, Prince Magnus is awoken by an unexpected visitor—in his bed. One look into her fierce, hateful eyes, and Magnus knows exactly who it is: Kara Stolo.

Ten years ago, as a scared little boy, he told a lie that irreparably changed Kara’s life. As a result, her father was wrongfully imprisoned, chained in the dark dungeon underneath the palace, where he was to remain until his death. Now, Kara is back to avenge her father’s punishment, and there’s more. Kara believes he’s still alive, and she needs Magnus to help free him . . . or else.

My Review:

This was a great short story for anyone that is a fan of the Falling Kingdoms series or of Magnus! I really liked the flashback part the most and being able to see seven year old Prince Magnus.

On his way to run away from his father and his kingdom Magnus meets a man who used to work for the king and his daughter, and they bring him back to his father who then takes away and imprisons the man while the daughter is left to suffer outside and most likely die from the cold. This occurs because Magnus was not brave enough to tell the truth, but he is so terrified of his father and for the way he has treated him that you can’t help but understand why a seven year old boy would lie about this.

Ten years later the girl named Kara is back and wants Magnus to help release her father who really was not executed and is still being held as a prisoner in the dungeon inside the castle walls.

I really liked Kara. We only see a little bit of her, and I hope to see more of her and her father hopefully in the series! What else can I say about Magnus except this story only makes me like him more!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crystal Storm

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Date of Publication: December 13th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books With A Fantasy Setting

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Books With a Fantasy Setting

I really love a fantasy setting because I can escape from the current world into a new type of world where magic really does exist!

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Review: The Darkest Magic

Title: The Darkest Magic

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Date of Publication: July 28th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes’s highly acclaimed Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.

Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.

My Review:

First off I want to say why did we need to rehash so much of the first book?  That is one of my pet peeves when authors do this within series. If you  have already read the previous book you should know what is going on, so I feel like this book could have been cut down if we did not do this.

Besides that the book was pretty good, but I still do not feel connected to any of these characters except maybe Farrell which I am not sure if I am supposed to even like him or not, but I do. Crys is still the same as she was in book one which isn’t saying much, and Maddox is still immature for his age.

This time around there are four point of views instead of three and Becca’s is added into the mix which I did like this because I prefer reading her chapters over Crys’s.  There was a lot of drama between the adults in the books which kept me entertained.

Throughout the book there was a lot of pointless talking going on in the beginning as well but then finally picks up.  This spin off series is no where near The Falling Kingdoms series, but I still recommend you read them if you like those and to pick up these and give them a read.

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