Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6)

Release Date: February 6, 2018
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Length: 400 pages
Source: Audible Audiobook

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?



Characters: So, I know I’ve said this, probably too many times, before, but these characters have come such a long way since the beginning of this series. It’s almost impossible not to see as you read this book. Magnus, while he still has his contemplative and brooding side, he isn’t the cruel prince who was torn between becoming his father and escaping him. Cleo is no longer the party girl princess whose only weapon was a sharp tongue. I could go on about Lucia no longer being the proper princess she once was and Jonas finding his voice and making the right choices. This book is a testament to how far these characters have come and how they’ve persevered and survived to face this final challenge.

Romance: With this being the sixth and final book in this series, it isn’t like there was a lot blossoming or budding romance in this book. There is a little bit of new romance, and I’m surprised with how okay I am with it and how easily I began to root for that couple. As for the already established romances, each had their trials and tribulations but more than anything they showed just how strong these couples are together and how much stronger they are with each other, rather than apart. I love the romances in this series, as melodramatic and heart wrenching it got at times, I have to say that I really like where each of these couples ends up and how their stories reach their conclusion.

World Building: This is one section I've tried rewriting over and over again. There is so much that's packed tight into this series, so much so that there's a spin-off series that strives to present even more of this world to explore. In this book, there isn't a whole lot of expansion. In fact, for the most part, as long as you're caught up on this world, in all forms, there isn't really anything new introduced and there are plenty of hints and implications toward the Spirits and Thieves series. This story takes everything we know about this world, for the most part, and puts everything to the final test and it's fantastic. I do wish there was more about the world that was explored, but that's most definitely just the part of me that has a voracious curiosity. 

Predictability: This series used to feel very unpredictable to me. I mean, I always felt like my expectations were being blown away with every installment in this series, and while I still love this series, and I love this installment, I've sort of caught on to the rhythm and rhyme of the story and it's not hard to see where things are going in this story. Even though I understood where things were headed, I never felt robbed of the experience to discover things as they happened, plus there was always a shadow of doubt as to whether my predictions would be wrong, not much of a doubt but enough to keep me on my toes.

Ending: How is it that even though I feel that this story is complete and reached a fantastic end, that I still have questions. I mean, I know we're going to get the final Spirits and Thieves book which I'm sure will alleviate some of my questions about this world, but there are definitely a few things that I'm not sure when we'll get answers to. That all being said I really enjoyed the end of this story and the end of this series. While I do believe that the final climax could have been more heart wrenching, how everything turns out, for better or worse, felt right and I can't wait to see what might come next.


I did debate about this for quite a bit, but I love this story so much, from beginning to end this series has been everything I love about fantasy; magic, romance, and adventure and how the series wraps up and how it affects the world and the story was unbelievably amazing!


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