Rhodes, Morgan Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms, #3), 407 pgs. Razor Bill (Penguin), 2013. $18.99 Content: Language: PG-13 (43 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
The four main characters of the Falling Kingdom series return to fight for the kingdom of Mytica. Cleo, who has lost her family and her first love to the tyrant King Gaius, is forced to marry Gaius’s son Magnus, all the while she is quietly gathering information that might give her the upper hand in reclaiming her land. Magnus for all of this gruffness, is losing faith in his violent father’s rule. Jonas, the rebel leader has been humbled after leading his rebels into many losing battles, but he starts to help Cleo in the hopes of finding peace for all three kingdoms of Mytica. But all the individuals and their struggles pale in comparison to Lucia, the prophesied sorceress, who is starting to understand her magical powers and her central role in bringing the immortals back to earth and possibly giving the throne to her father King Gaius.
This book is AWESOME! I love the entire series, and wait anxiously to read more about my favorite characters in this battle-scared land of Mytica. The violence is shocking and there is a lot of it, but it isn’t gratuitous—it moves the storyline along and/or develops characters. I love this series and I love that each book is as good as the first. The action and romance don’t slow down and the story takes turns that are interesting and keep the series moving. Excellent writing-also the audiobook reader is fantastic.