The series is finally over for me, and I still can’t tell if I’m sad or satisfied with it being over.
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes is the final book in the Falling Kingdoms series!!
This review contains a lot of SPOILERS!
“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?“
So we begin the book following the epic ending from Crystal Storm: Magnus stuck in his own, horrifying coffin. And his father comes in for the win when he figures out his worst nightmare isn’t going to end with his suffocating to death. And all his broken limbs.. super cringe-worthy.
But the bloodstone saves the day, and he becomes the living-version of a zombie apocalypse. Yay! There’s still a chance him and Cleo will have the happy ending I was hoping for.
Which their reunion was pretty cute when she finally saw his appearance. Her depression after Lucia’s news was so sad, and all I wanted to do was shake her and tell her he’s still alive.
But back to the epic mess that is in Mytica.
Lord Gareth and his beetle of a son, Kurtis, finally meet karma as the King and Magnus begin to take over their rightful throne. That was a satisfying moment that should’ve happened ages ago.
And then the tables turn when Amara sees the error in putting her trust in her own grandmother. What is it with grandmothers and their alter-egos? Pretty much beware of all things elderly and cunning.
They will make you live longer and steal your precious babies. Or try to poison you!
I did not expect her to be the one that took Lyssa.
I felt so sorry for Lucia in this book. No matter what she does, everyone is having her run around the kingdom, trying to figure out where her family is and whether Jonas can be trusted. And then their little kiss brought back a chance of hope for them.
Ok. I am still confused with this Sanctuary thing. When Timotheus died, I wasn’t too sure how it impacted the story. I don’t know if I just missed something in one of the books, but I still don’t understand the point of his inclusion in the story.
The end battle with all the remaining characters was epic and quick to read! There was always something about Nik’s character that brought a ring of hope for this final battle. He was able to fight the power and help Lucia and Cleo figure out just what they need to do to bring down Kyan. Their final sacrifice turned into right decision, and everyone makes it out alive. Which, I wasn’t too surprised over, but it still was exciting to read through.
My absolute favorite part of this particular book was the ending. Magnus and Cleo. It warms my heart every time I think about it and their little surprise. This was the bittersweet moment in the series that I really want more of! Honestly, they’re one of my favorite ‘ships in YA.
As far as the ending goes, I was really satisfied with it all. There was a ton of character development, more like a complete 360, from the first book until now. And I enjoyed every second of it. It is more of a happier ending, which I think it deserves from the brutal twists that the author lets us fall into. There really isn’t a dull moment in all six books, and the writing leaves you wanting so much more.
I gave this book and the series as a whole 5 out of 5 stars. It is a solid YA Fantasy with crazy antics, lots of murders, and a dash of romance. If you haven’t read all the books, I highly recommend that you do so! Looking back, I still think Frozen Tides is my absolute favorite as there are so many highs and lows that your soul just completely shatters.
- Did you think Magnus was going to make it out alive?
- What are your thoughts on the role of the Sanctuary and Timotheus’s death in the end of the book?
- What was your favorite part of the ending to the series?
- Which book is your overall favorite?
- Are there any questions that you felt like needed to still be answered?
Published: 6 February 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Library Hardcover
Thanks to everyone who joined in on the read-a-long! I hope you liked this YA Fantasy series as much as I did!!
In case you missed it, here are the prior reviews in the series:
- Falling Kingdoms (#1)
- Rebel Spring (#2)
- Gathering Darkness (#3)
- Frozen Tides (#4)
- Crystal Storm (#5)
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