Review : Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Rebels, 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.  (From: Goodreads)

Title: Frozen Tides

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill/ Penguin Random House

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 413

Get the throne!!!
Somebody tended to think for his people.
Somebody tended to think for himself.
Get the Kindreds!!!
Everyone of them wanted all of them for their own good.

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*!!!4 Shining Stars!!!*

It’s finally the time for me to read this book. I’ve waited long enough. (Not really…I’ve just started the series this March.) I’ve finally got my hands on the paperback since I didn’t want to buy a hardcover. (All of my previous books are paperback.) When I was about to read this book, which was this morning 7:30 (I always wake up early), I was both excited and nervous. I was excited because I couldn’t wait to read this book! I love the first three books very much. I was nervous because I was afraid that the fourth book might not be as good as the first three.

The world building was solid constructed. Paelsia was very countryside and had a lot of villages. Limeros was very cold, a whole white world. Auranos was rich and perfect for people living there. Kraeshian was huge, super rich, and bright. There’s no difficulty with geographical location since there’s a beautiful map.

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CLEO: She was kindhearted. I believe if she could be queen, people would love her very much. She was wise (though I don’t get why she hid the earth Kindred from Magnus). She was willing to fight. And I can tell you that I totally had no idea that she really could fight and kill two guards.

MAGNUS: Trying to be as cold-hearted as Dad… …FAILED. He was such a teenager. He liked to keep his thoughts inside and deny the feelings toward Cleo. He was the most unlucky guy in the whole world because it seemed like everyone wanted to kill him. One finally didn’t want his head and the other one would want him dead for every kind of reasons.

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LUCIA: The young sorceress was like an astray kid. After her beloved Watcher got killed, she had become all cold-blood and even worked with Kyan the Fireman. It was like the fog was too thick for her to see through. She would torture people for getting the truth out of them to get what she want. Good thing was that she did find the right track, finally. And she was pregnant as well. Yes, what the f***?

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JONAS: He had been betrayed. He had just got the luck to be alive due to Olivia the Watcher’s help and then his girlfriend got killed by the Fireman. He helped Cleo get the earth Kindred. The main goal of Jonas was to kill King Gaius.
He is no doubt my favourite character.  He was the perfect human! He helped his friends, always. He forgave the betrayal of Felix. Instead of killing Magnus, he discussed the situation with him and they became allies.

AMARA: I hate her. I hate her. I hate her. And you should, too. She had just got water Kindred. She wanted things for herself. She would kill her family for what she wanted. Her father and her brothers, blood on her hands. She was well-schemed. She accused Felix for killing her family because a) somebody needed to take the responsibility and that person wouldn’t be her b) she had some feelings toward Felix and love was weakness. The accusation became a perfect package deal, two for one at a time.

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KING GAIUS: He was as annoying as Crowley from Supernatural. He planned a lot in his head. What he wanted was the same as what Amara wanted — they both wanted to have four Kindreds and ruled the world, not just Mytica, not just Kraeshian. Unfortunately, they weren’t working together. While King Gauis wanted to cheat Amara now and killed her later, Amara was thinking about the same thing. Another thing was that King Gauis opposed his son to actually be in love with Cleo and he would really (finally) kill Magnus if he didn’t… …kill Cleo. Of course, no need to say, we both know that Cleo and Magnus wouldn’t die since they are the main characters and there is the fifth book.

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KYAN the FIREMAN: I hate him. I hate him. I hate him. And you should, too. Kyan was the fire Kindred. Simply saying, he was the fire. He was cruel and horrible. He was responsible for the death of Lysandra a.k.a. Jonas’s girlfriend. It was better that he kept staying as the stone.

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FELIX: He was a skilled assassin. He’d betrayed Jonas and had taken the air Kindred. Why did he need the Kindred? Oh, he gave the Kindred to King Gauis. After the trip with Gauis to Kraeshian, he got framed for killing the royals. Nevertheless, his knight in shining armor showed up to rescue him in the dungeon. Jonas forgave Felix’s betrayal. What a perfect scene!

NIC: I didn’t forget Cleo’s best friend. He couldn’t be ignored since his hatred toward Magnus was too much to be overlooked. Well…he wasn’t a bad person. He just hated Magnus from the bottom of his heart. He even told Taran the guard that Magnus killed his brother, to give the guard a reason to kill Magnus, to make it hard for Magnus to close his eyes for a second. He was the one that could never accept Cleo trusting Magnus.

Let’s Get Into Some Details

“For now. But you should remember that charm opens far more doors than harsh words do.”
“And a sharp ax will open every door.”

There was no surprise seeing lover’s spit of Cleo and Magnus. Whenever they showed up together or bumped into each other, there would always be a great show going on display.

“You came here to help me.” Felix stared at Jonas, and the tears began to fall again. “Damn it.”

Yeah~his knight in shining armor came for the rescue!!! Can you not like Jonas? Nope. I am head over heels for his personality.

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“Oh, goddess,” she whispered. “I’m pregnant.”

Welcome to the WTF moment of this book! She had Alexius the dead Watcher’s kid. Oh my god, (me sighing) teen mom? really?

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Cleo picked up the bottle, poured more wine into her goblet, and swallowed it down.
Then she smashed the bottle over the empress’s head.

Nice smash, princess!
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“A raven won’t get there in time,” Jonas said. “Olivia?”
She came to his side. “Yes?”
“How fast can you fly?”
“Very fast.”

LOL! How convenient it is! A Watcher beside you seems pretty awesome because a) when you are bored, he could chat with you b) when you need to deliver a message, he could become a huge bird and flies very fast.

4 out of 5 stars
I recommend to everyone who loves the first three books, just don’t put up so much expectation. After finishing this book, it turned out that this book wasn’t bad. It was a good read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoy the first three books. I feel like there wasn’t new stuff to pop up. It was always about the throne and the Kindreds. Well…this is what this series is about, right? I can’t possibly expect Harry Potter suddenly shows up in Idris. However, I’m a little bit tired of this game and I am on the edge of wanting out. I’ll definitely pick up Crystal Storm (the fifth book), but I sincerely hope that this series will end soon unless there’s new stuff popping up.

Music For The Book

*Echosmith – Bright
They were talking that ‘stars had aligned’ and this song sprang up my mind.

Happy reading, guys ~ 😀

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