Title: Immortal Reign
Series Details: Falling Kingdoms #6
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: February 06, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Blurb from Goodreads:
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?
This book in one word—lackluster. I thought Falling Kingdoms was the weakest book in this series until Immortal Reign proved me wrong. Everyone’s facing a possibly bright future in the end, which was what I hoped for. Despite that, nothing felt satisfying. If anything, this felt like an underwhelming conclusion. Although I can’t say I haven’t expected that, given the consistent rise and fall of excitement throughout the whole series—one installment would have you totally engaged only to let you down in the next. Sadly, Immortal Reign is one of those that lets you down, in the slowest, stalest way possible.
Huge spoilers ahead! So, if you haven’t read this book or this series, and you’re still planning to, don’t go any further.
I love Magnus. And then I love Felix. But that’s two characters I was excited to read about against the many irksome things that brought this book down to a two-star rating. Here’s the list of those things:
The deus ex machina.
If there ever was a scene where a character got out of danger on his/her own, without magic rings or golden daggers or immortal Watchers to save them, kindly remind me in the comments. Our characters seem to suddenly have an easy way out every time they needed one. There’s Magnus and his Blood Ring which he didn’t know he possess until that time when he desperately needed to get himself out of a very tight spot. Remember Lucia and how Cleo’s ring just magically saved her when she first fought Kyan? Every time Jonas is seconds away from joining his ancestors, a Watcher swoops in and saves the day. When Lucia’s legendary powers slowly drains away because of her pregnancy, Jonas conveniently became a human power bank. Don’t even get me started with the alternate solution to defeating four elemental gods. Now the characters don’t have to risk their asses fighting the seemingly indestructible gods. They just have to destroy four unmoving rocks. How convenient.
Those situations would have been a good place to show that these characters can fight their own battles. It was an opportunity for individual growth. But magic interferes every damn time.
The plot holes.
Aside from the convenient ways out, this book is also plagued by plot holes and lose ends, which you will notice if you’re paying enough attention. A lot of things just happened without an explanation. So, instead of being shocked by the revelations I was left asking why and how did those things happen? The origin of Magnus’ Blood Ring wasn’t really made clear. Who knows where Xanthus got it before they took it from him. Kyan could suddenly switch from one body to another whenever he wants. Didn’t he need a ritual for that in the previous books? How did Jonas and Lucia come to unlock their ability to communicate telepathically? And no, don’t tell me it’s due to the transfer of elementia from Jonas to Lucia because if it is, Jonas should have some telepathic communication with Timotheus or even Olivia since a lot of their powers were absorbed by Jonas once upon a time. Also, Lucia pointed out that Kyan’s immortal vessel was reduced to nothing the first time she—or was it Cleo’s ring—tried to destroy him. So, how did everyone survive this final battle?
Lucia and Amara
Why do these two get to have a boring POV while Felix—the only spark that could have lifted this book—gets nothing except a vague ending? Lucia’s character was stagnant. There never really was an improvement on her character since the first book. She was just the sorceress and that’s that.
Amara on the other hand, had grown backwards. She came as a strong character with a deceiving persona when we first met her. Then she surprised us with her betrayals. But then, after that she just kind of turned into an annoying character who makes trouble and screwed up everyone’s lives. It would have been a little bit satisfying if we saw Amara pay for what she did. Instead somebody thought she deserved to be saved before she even starts to suffer the consequences of her actions and I wasn’t very okay with that.
Other things that are simply annoying.
First, the talking. There was no end to it! Who in the world talks for a year… I mean, for like five long minutes while the enemy held your friends by the throat? Answer—pretty much everyone in this book. When does this happen? Oh, just every damn time when a character comes face to face with an enemy he/she had been set to kill. They would trade insults for years—I mean, for three to four pages—until one of them finds a way out and gets to live. No wonder this series is this long!
Second, Valia. I feel like she was meant to be an important player in this book given that the Prologue features her. But when everything was in chaos and she was summoned for help, she didn’t come. However, when everything is over and peace starts to spread in Mytica, she decided to make an appearance to answer the summons. What a joke!
Third, Mytica has new rulers who actually care about its people. That’s great. Now that their problem with magic is over, had the Limerian weather gone back to normal instead of being in a state of eternal winter? Were there even signs that the dying lands in Paelsia were recovering? How annoying that these were once a main concern in the early parts of the series but one that wasn’t tied up nicely in the end. Actually, a lot of things weren’t tied up nicely in the end, which made me feel like this was made in a bit of a rush.
Looking back at the things that happened since the beginning, I realized that everything was all over the place and most of the time our characters are just wasting their time. They spent so much time looking for the Kindred but when they finally got it, they couldn’t do anything with it but carry it wherever they go.
I may have enjoyed an installment or two but looking at the series overall, it’s not that memorable really. For those who haven’t started with this series yet, don’t bother. It was too long with only a little going on.