Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes

4/5 Stars 
Published by Razorbill
Published December 9th, 2014

Synopsis: 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 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. 

This series is unbelievable. I cannot believe how much Morgan Rhodes' writing has improved throughout this series. She's established an incredibly well thought out world, with characters that are more complex and intricate than the eye can see. Gathering Darkness is by far my favorite of the first three books, but I expect Frozen Tides to be just as good, if not better. I'm so impressed with how far Morgan Rhodes has come with her writing, that I can't stop praising how well written this book was.

Gathering Darkness jumps in right where we left off, and we're provided with even more background information on the world of Mytica. Not only is it extremely appealing to me that this book is fast paced, action-packed, and drool worthy, but the historic aspect of this book is so phenomenal. Everything was so well thought out and established - there was no room for errors. Morgan Rhodes has a knack for keeping you invested in her storytelling and is excellent at keeping you pulled in. I was able to finish Gathering Darkness in one day (give or take a few hours), because of how invested I was in the story. There's something in the quality of the writing that will appeal to anyone who picks up the book to read it, and there's a strong tether that will form between you and the characters; leashing you to the rise and fall of their growth.

If you're searching for a fresh, high fantasy book, then I certainly recommend Falling Kingdoms. Since this is the third book in the series, I'm not going to provide all of you with a long review, but I just need to reassure all of you that I love this series. Everything in these books are intertwined so nicely and continue to develop between each book. The story arc and plot are fascinating, though it may seem like one cliche fantasy trope (kings, conquering empires, etc.). I can guarantee you that this series is worth every minute of your time. As we move forward, I can only hope that the books continue getting better and better!