Published by Razorbill on December 3rd 2013
Genres: young adult, fantasy
The road to power... is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over...
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas's hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia's, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus's, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius's road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.
I swear to God, this whole damn series is giving me mini heart attacks. SERIOUSLY? SERIOUSLY. And before you ask, I LOVE this book, of course I do. Just, you know, still trying to catch my breath first because WHEW that was one hella ride.
Morgan Rhodes, you ain’t got no chill, because seriously MY HEART IS NOT OK. NOPE. NOT OK. But I definitely like this book better than Falling Kingdoms, because there was more action and romance. ROMANCE. And of course, the story was like ultra fast paced, which added on to the intensity of the book. And here I thought this series could not break my heart THAT badly, especially after what happened to Theon in Falling Kingdoms (omg, Theon. Heart breaks all over again.)
King Gaius is definitely second on my most-hated people list , after Dolores Umbridge. I mean, while reading this book, I only had two feelings. Anger and heart ache. Anger over the STUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPID king for his cruelness and dsfbjdbvfsfjd, and heart ache over the innocent lives that he took with little to no remorse. I mean. OMG. Please tell me he dies eventually, because then my ship can live happily ever after.
Actually, speaking of ships, I’m still uncertain of mine. I mean, I do LOOVE them together View Spoiler »Why, Cleo and Jonas of course 😉 « Hide Spoiler but I’m too scared to ship them because I’m uncertain of whether there’s a love triangle. Because there’s been hints in the book about another potential love interest View Spoiler »coughMagnuscough « Hide Spoiler BUT I DON’T LIKE HIM. I mean, no matter how many times he try to redeem himself, I STILL do not like him. HAHA. But anyway, the romance has started to get pretty interesting and I definitely am looking forward to more.
We also get to learn more about the Watchers and whatever they were after, which is pretty much what everyone else is after, HAHAH which brings me to let you know that there’re new characters! I’m looking forward to figuring out what part the new characters play in the story, SO OH MY GOD, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK.