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.
I adore this series. I’m not sure what it is about them but every book in the series I have picked up I have been hooked. They’re the types of books where you start reading and without you realising it hours have flown by and it has gone dark outside.
I was thrilled when I saw this before it’s release date in Forbidden Planet. I read it in about two sittings and was fuming when I completed it. Another year until the next one! As it is the fifth book in the series, if you’re reading this I’m going to assume you’ve read the others and there will be spoilers from the first four books – it’s inevitable.
This book picks straight up from the cliff hanger from book 4. It has some small recaps which made it slightly easier for me to recall what had happened so far.
The book mainly focus’ on Cleo and Magnus’ POV which I imagine will please a lot of people! There are also POV from the other characters. This meant the pace was quite slow at first but, as always, it comes together in the end. The last about 10% of the book was so action packed that it made up for this.
I just love that although Morgan Rhodes kind of pleases the fans, she is also willing to be completely brutal with all characters. The ending was annoying as hell because it’s a cliff hanger but brilliant at the same time.
I can’t wait to read the final installment.