Title: Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing Date: December 13th, 2016
“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.” (Goodreads)
This was definitely my least favorite out of the series. I think the reason for that was after reading four books before this one, some of the plot twists just seem repetitive. Will they? Won’t they? Are they dead? Oh, they aren’t? Maybe they are? It’s just a constant cycle of the same twists.
Besides that, it was good. Some of the characters like Jonas, Lucia, and Gaias got more development than the others. I liked how there was more background for Gaias and at times I did feel sorry for him. I know, it’s weird! But, he was able to show his humanity except then he squanders it away and becomes a dillweed once again. I’m not mad at it though. I don’t like redemption arcs. I want him to remain evil from now until the end of the last book!
Jonas has become more aware of everything in the world and has finally looked past what has been happening in his own neck of the woods. I’m glad that he was there for Lucia and helped her when no one else wanted to. Do I want them to get together? Kind of, haha.
Lucia is taking her destiny and making it what she wants. I really thought for certain reasons she wouldn’t make it this far in the series but I have been wrong. She is very strong and I think she will continue to do great things.
The relationships in this book have just made me numb to everything about them. As mentioned above, it’s just a constant pull. I don’t like it. It was great in the first few books but now I could care less if they make it or not. I have jumped ship.
When it comes to the other parts of the plot, they were good but not super explosive like the last books. I told you, I have become immune to this author’s powers, ha. I know they are supposed to be shocking but I’m just not. 🤷♀️
The political intrigue is still there but it’s a lot less compared to the others. This book is more about backgrounds and the elemental magic that the characters have been working to be in control of. The magic is still kind of vague but with the ending, the magic is definitely going to be a big part of the next book. That ending though, I’m concerned for my boo Magnus. Man, oh man.
Overall, it was good but it didn’t hit me the way I wanted it too.