Title: Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 2015
I would recommend reading further only if you have read the first 3 books in the Falling Kingdoms series.
Summary: With the Kindred found, now it’s a race to be the first to figure out how to use them and rise to power. King Gaius looks to Kraeshia for help, Cleo looks to Jonas, and Magnus decides he wants to seek out his own slice of power. Alliances and betrayals are all part of the game in pursuit of ruling Mytica.
Thoughts: With this fourth installment, the story begins to tip into soap opera territory. What you believe is impossible turns out to be possible time and time again in this story-bending plot. Don’t count out anything. Accept the drama and its sometimes lack of plausibility and you will enjoy this just fine. There are so many alliances, some fake and other real, but hard to tell which is which in the web they spin. Betrayals and triumphs of trust will keep you on your toes wondering who you can count on and what a character’s motives might be. Although the web of lies is at an all time high, there is a breaking point when they start to be their authentic selves. When that happens, you exhale a sigh of relief and look forward to what happens next. Although, if I refer to my above statements, maybe I am a fool to believe any of this. In this book you also get to explore more of the world. From opening the book and glancing at the map that normally just displays Mytica, you see that the map has expanded to include other lands, including the expansive Kingdom of Kraeshia. It was fun to visit this land and grow the world a bit more that Rhodes has created. The ending of the book completely shocked me and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book. I am, however, going to take a slight break from this series to read some other books. The world was infiltrating my reality and I needed to zoom out of it for a bit, but I will definitely be heading back to Mytica soon.