Review: Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

The first book in this series kind of left me underwhelmed but I was willing to give the second book a chance. Before I knew it, I was on the fifth book eagerly awaiting the sixth to be released!

For some reason, I thought there were seven book in the series, but it became apparent fairly early on, that this was the last book in the series. Personally I felt like there should have been seven books instead of the six.

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

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).

This book left me feeling a little disappointed. There was too much happening in this book for my taste and too much left to wrap up. In the fifth book, there was a hint of romance budding between Jonas and Lucia which I was excited about. However, it needed one more book to feel developed and less rushed. This plot felt too quick, forced, and not fully realized for my.

The fifth book had a lot of stories going and a lot of different directions, this last book was not enough to tie up all those lose ends. Yes everything was wrapped up and finished, but for me there just wasn’t enough resolution. It all felt way way way too fast.

I was so intrigued by Gaius’s plot in the previous books, and I was hoping we would get more of a background on how he became the King of Blood etc in this book. There was a rushed explanation and then that was it—end of story. I was really frustrated by that. Part of me wants a spinoff series on his life and situation because I am that intrigued.

The first half of the book seemed to just recap what had been going on, even though it picked up where the last book left off. The second half of the book was full of too many easy explanations and rushed endings.

I have noticed that a lot of time with fantasy books, the world building is so large scale and complex already because of the genre, but then you add in a ton of different characters and plots that all work together….it’s a recipe for lengthy books (hello ASOIAF!). This is a YA series so obviously it’s meant to be shorter and less cumbersome, but I hate seeing authors skimp on plot resolutions.

I liked this book enough to keep reading but mostly because I just wanted to finish the series. At the half way mark in this book too much was wrapping up way too fast and I just wanted to be done. I felt frustrated and unconnected to the characters but I have invested myself in this series by reading the other five books so I wanted to see how it al ended.

Over all this was kind of a let down for me.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes 

  • Hardcover, 391 pages
  • Published February 6th 2018 by Razorbill
  • ISBN 1595148248 (ISBN13: 9781595148247)
  • Review copy provided by: personal collection

Recommendation: 2.5 out of 5

Genre: YA, fantasy

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