|Genre||Fantasy, Young Adult|
|Release Date||December 15, 2015|
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.
A young boy is terrified by the darkness and asks his mother for comfort. Upon her arrival, she recounts the tale of the goddesses and the prophesied sorceress meant to restore the Kindred. The woman, a witch, says she knows the tale to be real and that her son will be the one to find the sorceress - leading him to a life of greatness. Before he goes back to sleep, it's revealed the child is Gaius Damora.
In present time, Magnus watches as Amara's ship sails from the Limerian shores back to Kraeshia with the Water Kindred in tow. Reeling from the events of the night, his own concerns about Lucia's safety, and the knowledge that Gaius will want to kill him for committing treason, Magnus tells Cleo and Nic to go into exile so they won't have to face the king's wrath. After refusing, Magnus reveals he plans to stay in Limeros to claim his seat on the throne - within his rights as the prince in his father's absence - and wait for when Gaius comes to enact his punishment. Arriving at the castle, Magnus learns that Kurtis Cirillo has been placed in charge of the kingdom, much to his shock. Despite rumors that the man had died, Magnus knew him from childhood and knew that Kurtis was a cruel and monstrous person. Asserting himself as the rightful ruler despite protest, Magnus takes charge and threatens to have Kurtis killed for refusing to step down. Even though he spares Kurtis's life, he notes Cleo's displeasure with his actions.
Jonas wakes up after sleeping for three days, recovering from the wound he had received from Felix. Upon awakening, he and Lysandra discover that Gaius is planning on leaving Auranos on a ship bound for Kraeshia. They agree it's their chance to take out the king after the months he spent in hiding in the Auranian castle. Back in Limeros, Cleo contemplates her conflicted feelings for Magnus. She runs into Kurtis, who she learns was familiar with her sister, Emilia. Cleo asks him to be her archery tutor and he accepts. Magnus stumbles upon the pair and Cleo pulls him aside for a chat. The two agree that their actions in Ravencrest shouldn't be misinterpreted as anything other than the result of high emotions, even though Cleo isn't sure she believes her own admission. Cleo also requests Magnus to send for her attendant and contact with Jonas, Nerissa, and he agrees.