Published by Razorbill on December 9th 2014
Genres: young adult, fantasy
In GATHERING DARKNESS, book three of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms series, the stakes have never been higher as three teams push forward on a race to find the Kindred, the four elemental crystals possessing ancient all-powerful magic, first:
Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred - the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic...
• THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
• THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia's overpowering magic - all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.
• THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia's powers to unveil the Kindred.
The only certainty in the dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica... but fate can be fickle when magic is involved.
As much as I love this series, this particular book frustrates me SO. DAMN. MUCH. OK. I mean, I wanted to pretty much kill everyone except for Cleo. Seriously, practically each and every one of the characters were acting like immature juvenile and I wanted to scream my head off.
*takes a deeeep calming breath*
BUT the story line of this book made up for the horrible characters, and it was really interesting. Plot-wise, there was a lot of development going on, from knowing more about the Kindred, and also the different relationships between each character that added on to the story. Is it naive of me to wish that they all come together in the end and win the battle? HEHE.
Despite my frustrations, the last few chapters actually compensated for it as it totally intensified. I was gripping the edge of my seat, and definitely did not want to know the ending. The author’s beautiful writing brought out and dragged the different emotions across the pages, and I felt like I was on an emotional roller-coaster that would never stop.
ALSO, AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DOESN’T SHIP MAGNUS AND CLEO TOGETHER? I don’t know, I’m sorry but Magnus makes my skin itch ever since the first time when I found out that he was in love with his SISTER. Because, NOPE. JUST NOPE. And Jonas is adoooorbs. And hot. BUT I don have to admit that he was pretty much useless in Gathering Darkness, other than following Cleo’s instructions like an aimless puppy. Poor dude. He is still hot though. OH WELL.
I NEED THE NEXT BOOK LIKE I NEED AIR, and even though this book wasn’t my favorite in the series, I definitely want to see what happens next.