Crystal Storm

Crystal Storm

Falling Kingdoms Series, Book 5

eBook - 2016
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An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.

LUCIA , pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.

JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.

AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

And what kind of darkness will descend--and who will be safe--after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9780698185593
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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RebelBelle13
Sep 23, 2018

This novel was a wild ride. This is the third of the Falling Kingdoms series that I've marathoned in two weeks. I'm happy to say that I haven't lost steam or interest, and I am happy, anxious even, to roll right into Immortal Reign. Crystal Storm has some issues, hence the drop in a star from Frozen Tides. There's some angst and distrust between Magnus and Cleo that I don't really care for, and it seemed to be there only to bloat out the story. They got together in Tides- just let them enjoy being together before you throw a wrench in the works right away. They already have a bunch of hurdles to overcome without tossing a curse into the mix as well. I was also dismayed that Cleo let Nic, Jonas, and the others think that she still hated Magnus. I don't see how her explaining the situation to everyone would do any wrong, except maybe hurt Nic's feelings (God forbid we do that). It also felt like the characters spent a good half of the book waiting for something to happen.
That being said, there's lots of good stuff here: Jonas and Lucia working together, the shifting alliances, Lucia's character growth, Magnus and Cleo's secret word, Ashur's return, a view of the sanctuary, Taran and Magnus' response to his anger, and Felix, who's honestly always a win in my book. The last 50 pages everything rushes to a climax, with hard pause for the final confrontation in the last book. Liked it a lot, could have done without the angst- but on to the finale!!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

Remind me to never read another YA fantasy series that isn’t a trilogy or duology, because this is getting tedious. I had to force myself to read this book, and that’s never a good thing. This book was simply unnecessary. Everything felt repetitive, held no interest to me as a reader, and even the fantasy aspects was nothing new. The initial charm of the series has worn off, chipped away like old paint, and left me annoyed with every character. I just wanted to scream “move on, already!” This book does, however, extend on Amara’s character; but I could care less. That cliffhanger, though? I’m boycotting the next book as a testament to how evil Morgan Rhodes really is. @teenreviewboard of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 10, 2018

Let's start with Gaius. Gaius who suddenly changes and cares about his family. That pretty much sums up this book. Characters randomly change for the better or make bad decisions out of the blue. There's no dawning realization, just snap 180s. It's the opposite of Magnus and Cleo's relationship, which I believe took three books. There has to be some sort of middle road here. By the end I had trouble telling some of the characters' voices apart. On the upside there are some interesting advances with the Kindred. Is it enough to make me continue with the series? Not immediately.

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ADWithrow
Mar 14, 2017

This was a tough one. It was a slog to get through 3/4 of the book. I kept thinking that this series was entirely too long if she could write a book where absolutely nothing happens. Then the last 1/4 happened and slightly redeemed the book. However, I am still left with the feeling that this series should be reaching its conclusion sooner rather than later.

Don't get me wrong. I loved where the plot went here. I just don't think we needed an entire book of angst and rehashing of feelings/loyalties/etc. to get there. I feel like most of this book was wasted revisiting what we already knew and fretting over the relationships that have developed.

Cleo and Magnus drove me mad. It started strong enough but then devolved into them not trusting each other again and not confiding in each other. Doubting the journey they had come on to finally get to each other. Nic and Olivia were almost pointless, kept around only for the climax. Lucia bored me half to death with her trip to the Sanctuary and travels across Paelsia. Even Amara was bland. Right up to the final few chapters where the book finally looked to the plot of the series and made some progress. That last bit was entertaining and reminded me why I love this series. But this whole book felt like a throw-away. Far too focused on the inner struggles of the characters and only barely touching on the overall plot.

I feel like I've invested so much time into this series, and I do still like the characters, so I'll read the next one. However, I am hoping that the author focuses on the plot and starts bringing this to its conclusion. Also, I need to know what will happen with Magnus as he's left if quite the precarious position.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 10, 2017

This series has been my favorite fantasy series since book #1 came out. I am continually impressed with Rhodes' writing, character-development, and plotlines. While I would agree with many people that some of the story gets lost as sequels come out, I think in comparison to other series, Rhodes has consistently stayed true to her story, and I can't wait until the next installment.

kirstd31 Jan 14, 2017

Another great book from the Falling Kingdom series. I am curious how many books will be in the series? Packed with adventure and great characters. This is my favorite series that I read in 2016.

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