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#Review: IMMORTAL REIGN by Morgan Rhodes

IMMORTAL REIGN

Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #6
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
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?
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This is the last book in the series so there may be spoilers for the other books! You have been warned...

I can't believe the series is actually over. And honestly, series finale books are so hard: everyone wants something different and someone will always be disappointed. I wasn't disappointed, per se but I did not enjoy some elements of this one. Overall I was really happy with how this series played out and the final arc of this one. Plus the ending left it open for a(nother) spin-off down the line so everything is coming up golden for me.

As usual, the characters were fantastic. I loved seeing how everyone evolved from the start of FALLING KINGDOMS to the end of IMMORTAL REIGN. And I definitely enjoy that they reflect on this. Especially Magnus and Cleo. They are just so great together and I love their interactions and I am so glad every time I get to see them on the page together or talking or touching and especially if they do all of those things at the same time.

I thought the pacing was a little off for this one. There were times everyone came together just to split up almost immediately and it dragged in places that it needed to have more action. I did like the last 30% of the novel though - it had the right balance of figuring out what to do in the future and fighting the bad guys.

I will say that as much as I was happy with how the ending turned out, I was not super impressed with Amara's ending. I thought it was too easy of a transition and I would have liked a bit more pain and suffering on her end. Not just because I didn't like her (in fact, I actually really liked her character because she was ruthless and wanted to succeed because people told her she couldn't because she was a girl) but because it felt like she was given the ending to make the reader happy. It didn't feel like it was in her character in my opinion. I'm sure others will disagree but that's my thoughts.

Overall I definitely recommend this entire series to people. It is a good YA fantasy series that takes the typical tropes and turns them on their head. It is a YA version of Game of Thrones and has such intricate and interesting mythology included in it. I just can't get over how much I love this series and the spin-off, A BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES. If you haven't already, check this one out!

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