Title: Immortal Reign
Author: Morgan Rhodes
So. We’ve come to an end in the Falling Kingdoms series. Immortal Reign is the 6th and final book and man, does it have a lot of loose strings to tie up.
I will try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, but it might be a little hard and also, who reads a review of the last book in the series if they have yet to read it themselves? That’s on you, then.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo’s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?
(summary from Goodreads)
In Crystal Storm we left off with Magnus being buried alive and damn, I had totally forgotten about that. I actually read the last few pages of Crystal Storm to remember how it ended and I was shocked. Truly. But that was pretty much all I had to go on when I then started reading the book.
I’ve always been drawn in quickly when reading this series. So many things happen that there’s rarely a dull moment to relax in and with this being the final book, there was definitely no time for a breather. We do follow so many people that at times it could get a little overwhelming and when it ended on a cliffhanger for one of the characters you didn’t want to read about someone else… you wanted to get back to that character and find out what happened! But kudos to Morgan Rhodes for being a natural at that.
The flow of the story feels so effortlessly and the bits of humour blended in nicely as well as the action and building anticipation of what was going to happen. Because most times you had no idea.
I must say, I never really cared for Lucia; her whole storyline and character just did not sit well with me and I kept giving her chances in every book, but… nothing. I almost disliked her as much as I disliked Kyan or King Gaius. And that’s saying something.
The thing that disappointed me, and a big reason to why Immortal Reign doesn’t receive 5 stars, was the ending. All that action leading up to a grand finale and then it just felt like this big balloon full of potential got deflated and left hanging with empty promises. I hope this isn’t too spoilery, but I had hoped and actually expected more deaths – one death in particular, but nope. It would have made sense and everything, but the almost fairytale ending just didn’t fit this series that in the past has wasted no time in killing off people left and right.
But despite the disappointing ending, it was not at all a disappointing book. So many twists and turns like always to keep you on the edge of your seat, grabbing the book tightly in your hands as you eagerly turn the pages. Yes, it did that for me (again x6) and it did tie up everything nicely (almost too nicely).
My favourite characters has always been Cleo and Magnus, with Jonas sneaking in at number 3 and almost none of them let me down, well Jonas kind of did with his romantic choice, but alas, let’s just forget that ever happened.
Would I recommend the Falling Kingdoms series?
Absolutely, 100% yes!
To anyone who loves a good high fantasy story with devious kings, forbidden magic and unlikely romances.
Am I sad that the series is over?
Actually, no. Because I don’t think my heart and soul could have taken another emotional rollercoaster ride like all 6 books have managed to give me.