Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes

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Y’all, this book is AMAZING!

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes is the fourth book in my #readfallingkingdoms read-a-thon.

This review contains a lot of SPOILERS!

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frozen tidesRebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


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This book is by far my favorite in the series! So much happens in this novel that completely blew me away and left my soul in a giant pit.

Every character has some sort of revelation or plot twist that I wasn’t expecting. Such as Lucia and her running away to elope with a guy that was controlled to kill her, but then leaves a lovely package behind that we were all not expecting.

Then the whole deal with King Gaius and Amara. I feel like they were trying to one-up on each other only to find out that they would bury each other deeper into their own holes. In comes the oh-so-lovely Kurtis that pretty much replaces Aron from the first two books. His jerk-ish ways against Magnus and Cleo just add that extra kick of anger to the story.

And then there were the silent cheers for Magnus and Cleo at the very end! Finally, they’re together and in such a sweet, dysfunctional way. Their rollercoaster of a relationship leaves me wanting so much more while also wanting to just shake them towards the truth of their feelings for one another.

Jonas has become one of those characters that I slowly start to drop interest in. He’s kind of all over the place with not knowing who to trust along with not knowing who he truley likes. I feel like he has a lot of missed opportunities in his plotline, especially towards Lysandra, which I’m still not sure if he truly liked her or if it was an in-the-moment thing?

I liked how this series so far starts off with everyone against one another, and then it has slowly morphed into this united front against the common enemey. All the characters are on edge with each other, and to me, it can even get a little comedic at times.

The last chunk of this book was full of ‘OMG’ moments. Morgan Rhodes definitely knows how to pack a punch to get you super excited for the next book.

And then, Ashur’s comeback!? Like what?? How??

Theon had a twin brother?? Please, tell me more..

Sabina was NOT Magnus’s mom??

I’m telling you, so much happens at the end that you can’t help but fly through it to the end. I gave this book a very high 5 out of 5 stars. Like I had mentioned above, it quickly has become my absolute favorite in the series, which may be saying something because I REALLY liked the first one.

I highly recommend this series so far. It’s action-packed and completely engulfs you in thier world. The characters all have intriguing stories of their own that gradually come together in the end. There is still tons of death and fighting scenes that leave you satisfied as a fantasy reader.


Discussion Questions:

  • Which book has been your favorite so far in the series?
  • What was your favorite plot twist from this book?
  • Which is your favorite scene in the book?
  • How do you feel about King Gaius’s ending?
  • Did you always think Prince Ashur was dead?

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Published: 15 December 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 413

How I Read It: Paperback / Audiobook


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I’m currently in Crystal Storm, but I hope to finish the series in the next day or so!

Make sure you post your progress using #readfallingkingdoms.

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In case you missed it, here are the prior reviews in the series:

If you enjoyed reading along with me, feel free to leave your comments below! What were your favorite parts of this book?


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