Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The fourth Falling Kingdoms book gives us some much-needed expansion of the world map, literally. Seeing how enormous the Kraeshian Empire is compared to Mytica, it becomes clear that they really are a legitimate threat, especially with King Gaius totally under Amara's spell. (Not that that's really a bad thing given how awful Gaius is, but if our heroes suffer for it, there'll be hell to pay.)
While this book suffers from a seriously slow-paced middle third, it does improve on its predecessors by A) keeping Magnus' character development going strong; B) ensuring that Alexius doesn't stop having an impact on the storyline just 'cause he's dead and shouldn't be; and C) finally giving Jonas the equal time he deserves. Mostly because he's traveling with Nic most of the time, but still. More Jonas, more better as far as I'm concerned.
And then the cliffhanger. Damn, Rhodes. Just...bloody damn.
For whatever reason, my library has yet to order the fifth book in this series. I'll have to special-order it from somewhere else in the Bay Area. But order it I shall, very soon.
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