Review | Immortal Reign
(Book 6 in the Falling Kingdoms Series)
Author: Morgan Rhodes.
Length: 391 pages.
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?
Such a wonderful conclusion to an even more wonderful series.
I am going to be dead honest. By the end of Book 5, I was really worried that the author was trying to drag it out and force one more book out of this series. But nope. Do not panic, because Immortal Reign was AMAZING in every single aspect.
At this point of the story, everything relies on magic, which is a very evident contrast to how the series originally started. In the first two or three books everything was very political and it seemed as if the big question that we constantly asked ourselves was who would finally reign. Obviously, we know that something bigger and more impactful was brewing. We knew that this issue would not end with a simple battle for the throne. But OH MY GOD, I did not expect this level of uncertainty.
Freedom is what counts. Freedom for everyone – be they rich or poor. The freedom to choose our own lives, our own paths, without an absolute ruler telling us what we can and cannot do. That is what I fight for.
In previous books, there was a lot going on. All the characters were spread out doing their own thing, causing lots and lots of mayhem and it was very hard to understand how everything that was going on would tie up together. Because of this, when comparing this storyline to those of previous books, it might be considered to be simpler. However, this problem that is being faced is so big and so fundamental to everyone’s destiny that there is absolutely no way that anyone could focus on anything else. Obviously, we still have the dynamic that we are used to reading about – our characters are spread out, each doing their own thing – but, in this case, they are all working towards the exact same goal (in the most part).
Similarly, I really liked how we got to see so many stories intertwine. I thought it was amazing that almost all of the characters had the chance to cross paths with one another (in the most unexpected ways), forcing them to work together and cooperate (be it for good or for evil). This meant that they all had a hand at each others fate and also this allowed for many relationships to arise (friendships, lovers, enemies, etc). It was all very entertaining and I haven’t seen it very often in other series I’ve read.
Change could happen – if one wanted it to.
One of the most important topics that are dealt with in Immortal Reign is redemption and I have lots of mixed feeling on this. It was blatantly obvious that the author tried to give everyone a somewhat happy ending. To some extent this is nice, cause there weren’t any loose ends (something that I very much appreciate). However, even though I am a sucker for troubled characters that turn good, some of these I just couldn’t get behind. This is a very personal opinion because by all this I do not mean that everyone was suddenly good by the end and got to live happily ever after. That is not what happened and I’m not claiming that it did. I’m just saying that I would’ve much preferred that some of these characters did not get the ending that they did because I don’t think that they deserved them. But, in life we don’t always get what we want and some don’t always get what they deserve.
Know only this: I love you with all my heart, all my soul.
Do I need to say again how much I adore Magnus and Cleo? I don’t think it’s necessary. These two, along with Jonas are officially my absolute favorite characters in this world. I think they are amazing and I love that we got to see them become such amazing people. Lucia is still not in my good graces and neither is Amara (even though I do appreciate them). I love Nic and Ashur so so so so much. Even though they definitely had somewhat smaller roles in this book, I really enjoyed watching their involvement and how everything turned out with both of them. Felix and Nerissa are great as well and, let me just mention this: Timotheus was soooo annoying. He got on my nerves every five minutes, it was a new record.
Once again, this was an amazing conclusion and I recommend this series to anybody that’s interested. It’s captivating, inspiring, gory, and incredibly FANTASTIC. I can’t express how much of a blast I had reading it and how many emotions I felt. Go read it!!