Series: Falling Kingdoms #4
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release date: December 15th 2015
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.
“All magic comes with a price.”
Frozen Tides follows on with the tradition of being a installment filed with action, schemes and intrigue, and copious amount of teenage romance. It picks up where Gathering Darkness left off and it is an absolute rollercoaster. New POV characters are introduced, old ones return, and the stakes are higher than ever.
Morgan Rhodes’ writing continues to be simple and entertaining. The novel is fast-paced and each POV character has an unique voice, and it is easy to fall headlong into the story. Sadly, this installment is a step back for me. The focus on romance and recycling of relationships takes from the development of characters and very important plot points, making so impacting twists fall completely flat.
Where Gathering Darkness won me over, this book lost me. One of the staples of this series is the romance aspect, but this time around I found the focus on it was detrimental to other parts of the plot. Again, a few twists which I am positive were supposed to leave me shocked did not affect me at all. Some of them even felt out of character.
As a book that is told in mutual POV, I do have to give Rhodes props for writing unique characters and shifting from one POV to the other. All chapters flow in a way that is smooth and engaging, which makes this for a very fast read (if you have the time to sit down and read the book, haha). I actually loved the introduction of new POV characters, they are interesting and add depth to the story, while also helping flesh out the world-building a little bit more.
Unfortunately, most of the returning characters did not keep my interest. Where the previous installment is great for its character development, in this one they seem like caricatures of themselves. This also impacts the shocking twists, as they end up not transmitting any kind of emotion to the reader.
In the end, Frozen Tides is a disappointment., at least for me. The novel lets most of its plot and character development get sidelined in favor of instalove and romance, the twists have no effect, which makes the story all kinds of unbelievable. Hopefully this won’t hold true for the next installment, as I know Rhodes is capable of writing a great story.