Review of Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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By: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 13th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

My Rating:
star

Summary:
The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

My Thoughts:
GASP. The ending of this one- cruel Rhodes, cruel. For some reason I was under the impression this was the last book of the series as I read this. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA. But I’ll just say that thinking that and watching how things at the end of this were going down I was nearly hyperventilating.

I didn’t reread before diving into this and that worked just fine for me. Rhodes did a great job of bringing me back into the story and characters. Things from the prior books easily came back to me and I was easily immersed in the story. The writing was fast paced even in slower parts. A good amount of this book centered on slower elements like characters aligning and conversing. things do progress and I was never bored.

We get to follow multiple point of views again from many characters (as always). I’m partial to Magnus (who isn’t) and I wasn’t disappointed by his story line though I could always use more pages about him. I love how his character has changed and grown over the course of the series. His interactions and relationships are so interesting and I love that we always find out tiny bits about him and his past. I love how all these enemies had to band together for a common cause. You can sense the tension between them in their uneasy alliance.

Cleo and Magnus. *sigh* gah, they kill me but I love every minute of it. I admit these two are my favorites and I look forward to their chapters.

Lucia has grated on me in the past but I actually started liking her in this book (!!) I hope that this continues in the next book. Her path started to head in a direction I didn’t predict so that excites me. I’ll admit I have absolutely no clue where any of the character’s stories will end up.

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Final Thoughts:
Of course if you are reading this series you must read this one too. Each of these books get better as they go…I might have preferred Frozen Tides a smidgen but I just love where the characters are going. I need the next book asap.

Lego Cover Art for Frozen Tides

The moment I saw this cover I knew I’d be adding it to the list of covers that I had to do in Lego. I started this ages ago and have slowly been working on it and I think it is finally done. I wanted to go with Lego fire but I never could succeed in making it look right so stuck with the original fire. I hope you enjoy it!

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Extras

Past Lego Covers

Blocks Unhinged   The Immortal Rules   UnboundLego320

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Blog Tour for Frozen Tides- Guest Post from Morgan Rhodes

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I really enjoy the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. I’m thrilled to hand over my blog today to hear from Morgan about which type of world (fantasy or sci-fi) she’d rather live in and how she thinks she’d fare. I absolutely adore her response and completely agree with wanting/needing the tenth Doctor as my guide 🙂

Guest Post

I think it’s a dream of many readers to visit their favorite fictional worlds… and I’m certainly no different! I recently found this graphic that asks the very tantalizing question of “Which door will you open?”MorganRhodes

The only question is…which door would I open and have the best chance of enjoying AND surviving while visiting that world? The thing is, most fantasy or sci-fi worlds are rather, uh…dangerous? Violent? Scary? Just think of the Harry Potter world…Hogwarts has a shockingly high death rate among its students. As exciting as it is to frolic with dragons and mermaids, the Tri-Wizard tournament should be banned due to possible death in any of the events. Even Quidditch can often result in serious injury…or worse!

I would survive in Westeros for probably a half a day before some horrible fate befell me. And even in Narnia, I’d likely freeze to death before I had much of a chance to look around. If I went for a spin in the TARDIS, I’d be exterminated before my first cup of tea.

And if we’re talking about Mytica, from Frozen Tides, the 4th book in my Falling Kingdoms series…well, if King Gaius doesn’t throw you in prison, you could freeze in the northern kingdom of Limeros, starve in the barren middle kingdom of Paelsia, or find yourself impaled on an unexpected sword through the back just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And word to the wise: avoid the prophesied sorceress currently roaming the land. She has a bit of a chip on her shoulder.

But let’s just be all reckless and SAY that I’m going to be safe and I get to sightsee and check things out at my leisure and take some pictures and eat in some nice taverns….

I’ve always been a big Alice in Wonderland fan. I think it would arguably be the most fantastical, with talking animals, tricky riddles, tea parties, stoned caterpillars, and evil queens. I’d like to explore the paths and buildings and castles and play a game of croquet, chat with the Mad Hatter, follow the White Rabbit while commiserating on how hard it is to be on time for anything.

After I’m finished in Wonderland, I think I might like to hop on that TARDIS just for a quick tour…as long as I can be guaranteed that the Tenth Doctor is my guide!

And then I’ll be perfectly happy to return to the boring real world where I can write about exciting and dangerous fantasy lands from the comfort and security of my sofa!

Happy Reading!

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About the Book

9781595147073Frozen Tides
By: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: by Razorbill
Release Date: December 15th 2015
Summary:
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.

Blog Tour Stops

http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com The Irish Banana Review 12/7 – interview
http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/ Addicted Readers 12/7 – review
http://aperfectioncalledbooks.blogspot.com/ A Perfection Called Books 12/8 – review
www.bookiemoji.com Bookiemoji 12/8 – Would You Rather?
http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/ WinterHaven Books 12/9 – guest post
http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/ Once Upon a Twilight 12/10 – Review & giveaway
http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/ Two Chicks on Books 12/11 – guest post
http://www.jessabellareads.org Jessabella Reads 12/11 – review
http://www.myfriendsarefiction.com My Friends Are Fiction 12/14 – guest post
Http://www.amidsummernightsread.com A Midsummer Night’s Read 12/15 – Book Playlist
http://darkfaerietales.com/ Dark Faerie Tales 12/15 – review
www.iceybooks.com IceyBooks 12/16 – Top 10 list
http://thedailyquirk.com The Daily Quirk 12/17 – review & giveaway
http://www.mundiemoms.blogspot.com Mundie Moms 12/18 – interview
http://hollywoodnewssource.com/ Hollywood News Source 12/18 – review

If I Could Rule Westeros + a Falling Kingdoms Giveaway

You might know this about me but I’m a HUGE fan of fantasy. It was the first genre I connected to as a reader and I will always have a soft spot for it. When it comes to fantasy I am happiest in complex worlds with many characters. I love to see many point of views but really…give me fantasy and I’m happy.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (next in the Falling Kingdoms series ) we are talking about fantasy worlds we love. If you’ve not read this series or somehow don’t own these beautiful books yet you are in luck! Below I have a giveaway for the first 3 books.

Now…to the fantasy land I’d conquer…

Who wouldn’t want to rule Westeros? Ok, in reality it would put you directly in the cross hairs of some of the most evil and vile characters in the fantasy realm BUT you’d be able to sit upon the iron throne.

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I do think I’d look amazing sitting there. Very regal…and very uncomfortable. Well, I’d have dragons right?

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Oh. I forgot only Daenerys has any AND I’m not a Targaryen so they’d most likely eat me. The more I’m thinking about this the less eager I am to rule Westeros.

I think for me the best fantasy worlds are those I’d NEVER want to live in. I’ll visit while reading but I’ll take my cozy house and all the comforts of technology. Speaking of cozy house I can think of one fantasy place I’d live (only after the ring incident is over though)- THE SHIRE. I’m even short so would fit in fairly well with the local population.

Would you want to rule or even live in a fantasy world? If so which one?

About Falling Kingdoms

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These are the first three books of the series and those eligible for the giveaway below. Just look at those pretty covers. Frozen Tides will release December 15 from Penguin.

You can pre-order it here.

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I am absolutely obsessed with the Frozen Tides cover and am currently working on a Lego version so keep your eyes open for that closer to release date. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Giveaway

Dates: 10/26 – 11/27; US only; 3 winners will each receive the first 3 books
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Blog Tour- A Book of Spirit & Thieves Interview + Giveaway

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With Morgan Rhodes latest, A Book of Spirits and Thieves, she brings the magic of Mytica into our present day world. We follow the story through two modern points of view as well as one from Mytica, 1000 years prior to the events of the Falling Kingdoms series. Not only was it incredibly interesting to incorporate a modern element into this well known and loved fantasy series it also gave me further insight into Mytica prior to what we’ve already read.

Interview

After reading ABoSaT I felt that even new readers would be able to jump in and read it prior to the Falling Kingdoms series. Was it difficult for you to make it tie into the original series so well yet be assessable for new readers?
Thanks! I must give credit to my editor for this. Originally, I had imagined the “fantasy world” in ABOSAT to be that of King Arthur. Then my editor said “what if it’s Mytica?” And – BAM – the exact way to tie the two series together, yet still keep them separate, came to me; a way to bring more clarity to the myths and legends told in Falling Kingdoms by seeing these legends play out on the page, yet not infringe on the plot and characters in the original series.

I absolutely loved seeing bits of Mytica brought into a modern setting. What benefits or struggles did you face in overlapping the worlds?
My main challenge when writing ABOSAT’s “modern day” chapters was to keep it from coming off like a cheesy “door to another world” story where anyone could use this magic to travel to Mytica and check things out. I knew the rules for this magic had to be very specific. I did know from the beginning how I wanted everything to tie together in the end, but unraveling the method to get to that end was the challenge. I tend to write complicated mythology and I wanted to make this as clean and simple as possible.

For this book you’ve introduced a wonderful group of characters: Maddox, Farrell and Crys, each had chapters told from their point of view. Of the new characters who was the most difficult to write?
Surprisingly, to me, the most difficult character to write was Crys. As a modern-day teen who discovers dangerous secrets that exist all around her, I struggled to keep her from being an character who just learns information for the benefit of the reader. I ended up writing her chapters in first person to really get deeper into her head, then I rewrote them in third to match the other characters. Maddox was a character who was easy to write – it’s like he always existed for me. And Farrell… well, it’s always fun to write the bad boy. 😉

Farrell and his family are involved with a secret society – did you do any research to help aid you in creating a realistic depiction to what that might be like?
I did lots of online research about secret societies, such as the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Skull and Bones, and others. I also tried to steer away from expected/clichéd secret society behavior as seen in movies and TV shows when it came to their meeting place and society motivations.

I’m so excited that the ending of ABoSaT allows for more books with these characters. How many have you planned for? What can we expect next?
I’m excited too!! There are three books planned and I’m currently writing book two, which will be out next June. In book two, Becca’s POV is added to the mix, and we will also meet a dangerous, magical character who could control the fate of both our world and that of Mytica. Also, both “spirits” and “thieves” continue to play a very large role in this series in new ways!

About the Book

A Book of Spirits and Thieves Cover

A Book of Spirits and Thieves releases today from Razorbill

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Giveaway (US)

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Visit the Other Tour Stops

The Social Potato– 22nd June (Review)
My Friends Are Fiction– 23rd June (Interview)
Vi3tbabe– 24th June (Review)
Two Chicks on Books- 25th June (Would You Rather)
Effortlessly Reading– 26th June (Book Playlist)
A Dream Within A Dream– 29th June (Guest Post)
SciFiChick.com– 30th June (Giveaway)
Bookiemoji– 1st July (Interview)
Dark Faerie Tales– 2nd July (Review)
Young Adult Hollywood– 3rd July (Top 10 YA Boyfriends)
Alice Marvels– 6th July (Review)
The Fandom– 7th July (Interview)
Icey Books– 8th July (Guest Post)
Once Upon a Twilight– 9th July (Interview)
Chapter By Chapter– 10th July (Review)

Extras

  • Interview with Morgan Rhodes about the Falling Kingdoms Series
  • Review of Falling Kingdoms book 1
  • Review of Rebel Springs book 2