Gathering Darkness

Gathering Darkness

Book - 2014
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Prince Magnus must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica by tracking down an ancient, storied magic known as the Kindred.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781595147059
1595147055
Characteristics: 407 pages : map ; 24 cm

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RebelBelle13
Sep 16, 2018

To be very honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue with Falling Kingdoms after reading the previous novel in this series, Rebel Spring. Not much happened and the characters were flat and annoying. After hearing what happened at the end of the series (yes, I spoiled it for myself), I decided it was worth another try. I am SO glad that I read Gathering Darkness. The story picked up tenfold, the character development was where I wanted it to be, and the plot is actually advancing. The relationship between Magnus and Cleo is interesting and intriguing, and progressing at a believable pace (possibly a little slow for me, but definitely on the right track). Lucia has blossomed, both as an individual and in relationship to her father, her brother, and Alexius- not to mention that her magic has hit the ground running. Outside forces, namely Ashur, Amara and Melenia, are advancing the plot to a point where things are happening with the Kindred. Lucia's sorceress powers are growing, and we're finally seeing more magic in the story- as opposed to the first book in the series, where there was hardly any.
One of my only sticking points here, as before, is Jonas. He's a bumbling fool who hardly does anything of value. He did manage to free some prisoners and help out Cleo, but only because he had help from Petra, Lysandra and Felix. His chapters are too long and don't really add value to the story. I have taken to skimming them just to get to Magnus, Cleo, and Lucia. I'm also not sure that Nic's perspective is necessary. I would rather have seen Amara or Ashur's viewpoint, to be honest.
At this point, however, I'm completely invested in Magnus and Cleo, and I will absolutely be diving right into Frozen Tides.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jun 06, 2018

This was a fun read and stuff actually starts happening. Rhodes has to bring in a larger kingdom, and we find out that Mytica is really this small island in the grand scheme of things, but evidently the only place in the world that has magic. Hmmm.... Well, whatever gets the story moving I guess. Jonas still sucks as a revolutionary. Following him is like wearing a red shirt on Star Trek. Things moved a bit here and started to make more sense, but there were definitely some of the random changes of heart and unlikely meetings that make this a less than first rate read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 20, 2016

Gathering Darkness was such a good book it surprised me. After the second one, I was a little disappointed with its lack of action but this book went over my expectations. The characters, especially Magnus surprised me and he has finally chosen what he wants rather than following his father. Cleo is still ambitious as she tries to find the Kindred and Jonas is still as determined to take down the King. So many things happened in this book that I'm still trying to process what happened.
There were many plot twists that had me surprised and even by the end of this book I don’t know where the series is going to go. This book was very well written. My favourite one in the series so far although that could change as I can’t wait to read the fourth book, Frozen Tides. Overall, I give this book four stars out of five.
- @Aweesha_Says of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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thefamilyguy
Jan 17, 2016

Where are the first 2 books

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4900mtg
Apr 23, 2015

i like e

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Jan 08, 2015

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