Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6)

23367265Immortal Reign. Morgan Rhodes. Young adult/Fantasy. 2018. 400 pages. 3 stars.

When something is out of my hands, I let it be free. What is done is done.

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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?

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Freedom is what counts. Freedom for everyone–be they rich or poor. The freedom to choose our lives, our own paths, without an absolute ruler telling us what we can and cannot do. That is what I fight for.

The ending of Crystal Storm set high expectations for this finale. To add to that, the publication of Immortal Reign was also postponed, so readers assumed that longer writing time would mean a better conclusion. However, that wasn’t exactly the case. This finale wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t the jaw-dropping finale readers expected from Morgan Rhodes.

The plot of this book was chaotic. It was a mess, plain and simple. Characters were all over the place and never seemed to stay in one place. Scatter-brained characters resulted in confused readers. Everything felt too convenient, lacking the element Morgan Rhodes is known for–killing off characters! FK is often described as the younger version of ASOIAF; Rhodes was not afraid to kill off main characters in the previous books, what happened now?

As much as we love it when characters go unscathed, too much of it can be annoying. Immortal Reign had too much deus ex machina to be realistic. Personally, I don’t want any of the main characters to die but sometimes these things need to happen to make the series exciting and keep the readers interested. When too many cop-outs happen all for the sake of letting the character live, then I have to question whether this character is even worthy of being in the series, given that said character can’t even survive without some mysterious force (aka the author) being the only thing keeping them alive.

In my own opinion, it was the secrecy of Magnus and Cleo’s relationship that brought on the excitement in this entire series. Now that the secrecy of their love is gone, the excitement left with it. Most of the enjoyment came from the fact that Magnus and Cleo had this secret love-hate relationship to keep up pretenses. Ever since the end of Book 5, they dropped the hate and all they did was love love love. While this was cute, it brought no thrill.

When I reached the ending, there were too many loose ends. So [insert any character name here] will face no punishment whatsoever for nearly destroying the world with their selfish ambition? Not only does that sound completely unrealistic, it also leaves the reader unsatisfied because after such a long journey–six book, six!–we would want to have a more definite ending.

Frankly, Immortal Reign was too short to be a finale. I expected way more and while it was a bittersweet ending because I genuinely love the story and everything surrounding this series, I can’t help but feel like readers deserved better.

I originally rated this 4 stars because of the emotional high, but I’ve had downtime to really think about that finale, and I wasn’t impressed. I have no choice but to bump this down to 3 stars.

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