Frozen Tides. Morgan Rhodes. Young Adult/High Fantasy. 2015. 400 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Purchased at Barnes and Noble]
“Hatred and fear are the most powerful emotions there are. Love and compassion make you weak. Men have known this since the beginning of time, and they use this knowledge for their own gain.”
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.
With 4/6 books released, Morgan Rhodes has built the world of Falling Kingdoms so much that we have no room but to just accept the beauty and pain of her writing.
Frozen Tides picked up right where Gathering Darkness left off and made several references to the previous novel so rereading Book 3 isn’t necessary before proceeding to Book 4!
At this rate, I have no idea who the true protagonist is because Frozen Tides is written in multiple points of view and we see that each character has their own valid reasons to want to claim the Kindred for themselves. I also don’t know who’s going to end up as allies and enemies. I’m beginning to question the loyalties of all the characters due to their tendencies of breaking promises and betraying one another.
I finished this book within 2 days so the content wasn’t at all too heavy to absorb. In terms of plot twists, though…
…I had to stop reading and give myself a minute or two to scream and take them in (Kyra can testify to this, as she witnessed it firsthand.) I would just like to give another round of applause to Morgan Rhodes for being able to knock me off my seat. I seriously did NOT expect those plot twists at all!
Book 5 will be released sometime this year and my only reaction to that is