Crystal Storm

Crystal Storm

The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follo...

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Title:Crystal Storm
Author:Morgan Rhodes
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ISBN:1595148221
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:379 pages

Crystal Storm Reviews

  • Katerina
    Dec 15, 2016

    is indeed a storm.

    Power is a devious thing. It can corrupt the purest soul, cloud the sharpest mind, make everything seem pale compared to the knowledge, the intoxicating feeling that you can bend anything and anyone to your will. And that's what the Kindred, what the elemental deities offer. But this powe

    is indeed a storm.

    Power is a devious thing. It can corrupt the purest soul, cloud the sharpest mind, make everything seem pale compared to the knowledge, the intoxicating feeling that you can bend anything and anyone to your will. And that's what the Kindred, what the elemental deities offer. But this power always comes with a price. The land of Mytica is in the brink of destruction. The new empress is ruthless, and the forces that can stop her don't trust each other in order to work together. Loyalties are tested. Convictions are shaken. And a sorceress, a rebel, a golden princess and a dark prince are caught in the eye of this storm.

    It is no secret that the Falling Kingdoms series

    . I am always able to lose myself in

    's epic tale, a tale infused with legends, gods and mortals, intrigue and power games. Her ingredients?

    and you question even your most beloved characters.

    and your jaw drops to the floor.

    , raw magic and your fingers tingle with the anticipation, the need to unleash it and wreck havoc.

    and

    in an eternal and lethal dance. And

    .

    Where I come from, when something impossible happens we say that

    (don't ask me why, we're weird people). Well, in

    's case I think that every single bakery in Mytica mush have been demolished, because I never expected the day would come when

    would be the most sensible and levelheaded character. But it's true. He was reasonable, and tried hard to not let the bitterness he harbored and his pain guide him and lead him to dark paths. Can't say the same for Lucia though, who was still a psycho bitch, but she did try to make amends for the mayhem she created and the innocent blood in her hands, so

    she can return to the decent human being she was once upon a time.

    And that's Magnus,

    . His philosophy is still the same,

    he's dark and moody and prone to violence, but his complexity, the battle between light and darkness he keeps fighting, are some of the many reasons I love him so much. And so does Cleo. They have some wonderful scenes together, but unfortunately it was Cleo that prevented me from giving

    the fifth star.

    She's been my favorite heroine since book 1. Yet, I found her really spiteful and greedy, sometimes acting like the spoiled child she once was, and all these horrible things she said to Magnus, and her constant desire to hide her feelings for him because she was ashamed really disappointed me. Of course Magnus is not an easy-going, charming fellow, but he needs someone to believe in him, and Cleo's faith sometimes wavered. I still ship them though.

    And since I love all these flawed characters, you can imagine how I'm going to spend the months until the final book's release.

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  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Aug 29, 2015

    Okay, let me just say this two times! Or let the gifs say it for me !!

    I couldn't figure out whether to go with a 4 or a 5 star review so I kept it at 4.

    Things that happened in this book! **NO SPOILERS**

    Sooooooo, that ending. Yeah, where's the next freaking book now! OMG!

    And I want to know what is going to happen to Lucia because she's got some stuff going on peeps, some stuff goin' on! I need to know what's going to come out of her!

    Then we have some evil kindred dude causing all kinds of cha

    Okay, let me just say this two times! Or let the gifs say it for me !!

    I couldn't figure out whether to go with a 4 or a 5 star review so I kept it at 4.

    Things that happened in this book! **NO SPOILERS**

    Sooooooo, that ending. Yeah, where's the next freaking book now! OMG!

    And I want to know what is going to happen to Lucia because she's got some stuff going on peeps, some stuff goin' on! I need to know what's going to come out of her!

    Then we have some evil kindred dude causing all kinds of chaos, not to mention stupid Amara, how 'bout we just don't mention Amara.

    Anyhoo, this evil kindred dude wants to set loose his other kindred peeps and put them in our friends bodies and who knows what the hell else from there! I mean he's this evil god dude thing and they need to defeat him and try to figure out how to fix something that he started! I'm worried about some of my other favorite characters even more now! <---- I can't say why.

    And for the love of all that is holy can we get rid of King Gaius once and for all. (and Amara) He just doesn't seem to die and there are reasons people. Reasons for everything in this book. Although, I will give him a cookie for one good deed he did, he broke a neck, an evil neck. So there you go.

    There are people and things that I have been leaving out of the reviews so you can meet those people and things for yourself. There are some crazy times in this series.

    We have some people coming back from the dead. Some people being killed, are they going to come back from the dead, people being possessed, can we un-possess them later. I don't know anything, or how to spell so deal with it.

    I really am rooting for a few people in this series and I hope they make it and things go well.

    Oh and Jonas is still bumbling around being Jonas. I don't know what it is but he gets on my nerves. He's not bad he's just . . . I don't know. And now he's got some stuff going on and I'm like, NO! DO NOT DO ANYTHING COOL LIKE THAT TO HIM. Just leave him be to bumble around and do what he does. Lol. He really is a good guy, I just pick on him because he's not all that bright with the things he says and does.

    So now, I have to wait another year or whatever for the next book!!!!!!!! Why!!!!!!! Sigh . . .

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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    Dec 14, 2016

    First off, I just wanted to say that going into Crystal Storm, I didn't think it would even come close to being my favorite book in this series. I actually found the first 150 pages to be painfully slow and pointless to the point where I was ready to dock off a star for the pacing alone. BUT once we did surpass 150 pages, SHIT WENT

    First off, I just wanted to say that going into Crystal Storm, I didn't think it would even come close to being my favorite book in this series. I actually found the first 150 pages to be painfully slow and pointless to the point where I was ready to dock off a star for the pacing alone. BUT once we did surpass 150 pages, SHIT WENT DOWN. I couldn't put the book down at all. I thought Crystal Storm would suffer from the "middle book syndrome" or "the book before the finale syndrome" but boy have I never been so wrong in my life! Morgan Rhodes does not know how disappoint. Although she does know how to make you hate her and love her at the same time. So there's that.

    If you know me and my obsession with the Falling Kingdoms, you would know that I live for Magneo. So let me just say that no matter how many cute and steamy moments we get between Magnus and Cleo, IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH. I seriously just need a book with just Magneo from beginning to end. I don't care about anything else or anybody else. Like, what's a Lucia? I can seriously forget about everyone else in the book and just immerse myself in everything Magneo. It hurts. It really hurts to be a Magneo shipper. My love for them knows no bounds.

    Okay, let me be serious for one second because I can't be fangirling like this throughout my whole review. XD No more mentions of Magneo after this. Promise.

    I thought this book wouldn't even come close to topping Frozen Tides but now that I finished this book and had some time to think about it, Crystal Storm just might be my new favorite book in the series. I surprise even myself. Just seeing how short this book was compared to the other books in the series, I was so sure that I would be in for the biggest disappointment ever, but nope. Not even close. That one year of waiting was worth the wait and now we're back to the waiting game once again. :'(

    Also, this book was annoying. I loved it. But definitely the most annoying book I've ever read lol. The characters are all infuriating. Except for Magnus because he is the epitome of perfection. No one is worthy of him. Well, except for Cleo but let me hold myself back before I start fangirling about Magneo again.

    Anyways, infuriating. All these peasants. Lucia, as always. Amara might actually be even more annoying than Lucia. Jonas was actually useful in this book. Nic was and always has been irrelevant to me. Ashur was ???. Felix was a precious cinnamon roll that I didn't expect to steal the show with his witty, hilarious lines. Cleo was great as always except for the last 50 pages (like girl, what were you even thinking?). Magnus was perfection. OMG. That reminds me.

    MAGNUS. MY POOR BABY. I'm sorry you have to endure your... predicament for a whole year but we're with you every step of the way suffering as much as you until next December.

    I don't know how Morgan Rhodes does it but the Falling Kingdoms series never fails to improve with each book. Not a lot of authors can pull off a six-book series but holy crap does Morgan have us wrapped around her finger. Just when you think she can't surprise you anymore, she pulls all this shit and leaves you with all these feelings for a year. We're all going to be in for such a treat for the finale. I bet Morgan Rhodes is just chilling and plotting our demise and ways she can rip our hearts out in the final book because that ending though...

    DYING. I'm dying, I tell you! I can't even write a proper review right now with all these feelings. Bye.

  • Riley
    Dec 11, 2015

    THAT COVER! It's everything I hoped it would be!

    Also the SYNOPSIS! brb i am dying.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Dec 19, 2015

    I AM NOT OK WITH THAT ENDING. Are you kidding me. Someone get me a TARDIS or something because I cannot wait another

    after that!

    Aaaargh ok ok no big spoilers.

    (I avoid major spoilers but do mention a couple very basic plot points from the start of the story since this

    a review. So if that's somehow surprising or you were voluntarily seeking out reviews hoping to not see ANYTHING abo

    I AM NOT OK WITH THAT ENDING. Are you kidding me. Someone get me a TARDIS or something because I cannot wait another

    after that!

    Aaaargh ok ok no big spoilers.

    (I avoid major spoilers but do mention a couple very basic plot points from the start of the story since this

    a review. So if that's somehow surprising or you were voluntarily seeking out reviews hoping to not see ANYTHING about the book, you might want to click away now. And most of the things I talk about were in the book description anyways).

    Anyways, this book was pretty short and there are a lot of POVs, so everyone's story only moved forward a little bit overall. The story starts right after the events in Frozen Tides... well, actually more like during those same events. I'm not going to sum up everyone's plot because this is book #5 and if you're reading this you probably know the rebel movement(s), how the Damoras aren't in power any longer, and how everyone's got plans for releasing the magic from whatever crystal they currently have (or plan on stealing).

    Magnus and Cleo are trying to figure out their new relationship at the start of the story when Gaius informs them that Cleo's mom had a curse on her that killed her in childbirth and the same thing will happen to Cleo. So that puts a nice solid obstacle between Magnus & Cleo since he doesn't want to ever risk getting her pregnant or losing her. Cleo's also a lot more cautious with her feelings than Magnus, to the point where I was kind of wondering at times just

    good of a manipulator she is and whether she's playing everyone too. So their problems are only starting.

    And then of course EVERYTHING falls apart in the most dramatic way and I love them both so much and

    Ummm ok yes there are other people in the story too I guess. Amara's still trying to take over the world. Lucia's pregnant with some Renesmee baby that grows super fast. Jonas is still attempting to do his thing (

    - Magnus).

    And Gaius seems to have had a slight change of heart after dying and actually looks kind in comparison with his psychotic mother. There were just a LOT of characters here and I'd recommend skimming through Frozen Tides quickly before picking this up so you remember everyone. Most of their stories all end up coming together, though, which makes the POVs cover more of the same story. So that was nice.

    But ok back to Magnus... seriously, this entire series is worth reading just for his smartass comments. I might be biased, but I really feel like this book could've had 100 more pages of his POV. Just saying. Pretty sure Magnus & Dorian from ToG are the two top characters who just need a freaking hug and/or break at this point.

    I think Frozen Tides is my favorite book in this series so far because it felt like

    happened, but this one was still great and I just LOVE MAGNUS AND CLEO SO MUCH. HAVE I MENTIONED THIS. I really hope the next book brings everyone I love back from the dead (since this is apparently a very common thing) and ends happily because these cliffhangers are killer.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy!

  • Melanie
    Dec 19, 2015

    1.)

    ★★★★

    2.)

    ★★★

    3.)

    ★★★★★

    4.)

    ★★★★★

    Out of all the feelings I expected to have while reading

    I never thought disappointment would be one of them, or the most prominent.

    was, hands down, no question, my most anticipated book of 2016. It was even on my rough draft list of "best books published in 2016" because I was so confident it would be perfection incarnate. Oh, how wrong I was.

    Instead of perfection, we got

    1.)

    ★★★★

    2.)

    ★★★

    3.)

    ★★★★★

    4.)

    ★★★★★

    Out of all the feelings I expected to have while reading

    I never thought disappointment would be one of them, or the most prominent.

    was, hands down, no question, my most anticipated book of 2016. It was even on my rough draft list of "best books published in 2016" because I was so confident it would be perfection incarnate. Oh, how wrong I was.

    Instead of perfection, we got plot holes, unnecessary angst between Cleo and Magnus, a cliffhanger ending that felt like

    part two, and twists that I feel bad even calling twists because they came out of nowhere and were so unexpectedly bad. I'm so let down that I'm actually at a loss for words.

    And what makes it worse is that this book has Magnus on the cover. How can anything with a picture of Magnus Damora be less than perfection? I mean, I know 2016 was a bad year for most of us, but this... this I never saw coming.

    Anyways, this is the fifth book in the

    series that, until this point, have only gotten better and better. This series follows four young adults and their different inner struggles for power, vengeance, and love. We also have some side characters along for the ride. A lot of people compare this series to a young-adult

    , and I think that description is pretty accurate.

    One of those four main characters, Magnus is one of my favorite characters ever written. His internal struggle, but the way the others perceive him from his outward actions, is one of the best things I've ever read in my life. He is, and always will be, my little cinnamon roll that is far too good for this world. He alone is the reason this book is getting three stars and not two.

    Seriously, all I want for Christmas is Magnus Damora. Please, Lord, help me with this unhealthy thirst for a fictional character.

    The only person, besides the perfect Magnus, that I even overly enjoyed was Amara. Like, I understand she was sort of the villain, even though now her dynamic is quite shifted (oh please, Felix, give me the

    angst.) My favorite types of villains are the villains that make sense, and Amara, to me, makes perfect sense. She comes from a long line of female oppression, and she is finally able to pave her own path. Seeing the continued abuse by her own subjects, just because of her gender, made for a really good read, and she really wormed her way into my heart. I have nothing but high hopes for her (and Felix) for the final installment.

    Surprisingly, Lucia's POV was pretty enjoyable, too. I even shed a few tears while a certain prophecy was being told and acted out. Jonas was also amazing, and I loved how he stepped up. Also, he always knows what to say. Both of these characters really stood out among all of the forced twists and plot devices.

    I actually hated a lot of characters in this book: I hated Nic; he's such a little weasel. I hated Taran; talk about

    unnecessary angst. I borderline hated Ashur, just because of his action at the end with Cleo. I still hate Gaius, because nothing has changed even though the story wants you to believe it has. And I obviously hated the out of the blue villain that Morgan Rhodes decided to sloppily write in.

    Elena, Cleo's deceased mother, is obviously a key to much more that we don't realize yet. Cleo is most likely going to turn out to be even more of a special snowflake from the events that took place at the end of this book. But as long as she doesn't keep starting stupid, pointless drama, and keep pushing the paragon that is Magnus away, I won't hate her.

    I mean, even with all the disappointments this book had, I'm still too invested to stop right before

    , but I for sure won't have as high of hopes as I did for

    , and it won't be making any of my anticipation lists.

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  • Lainey
    Mar 24, 2016

    Video discussion of course will be coming soon!

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    I can't wait.

    So much so I filmed a video of me talking about the cover and my theories:

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
    Jun 15, 2016

    Good gracious. EoS and now this? Bloody hell. 2017 better bring us some happiness.

    Alright. There will be some spoilers up to book 4 in here and I'll try to be vague about the rest.

    If it has been a while since you read the first four books- I recommend doing a skim at least of the last book. There are seriously so many characters and I had a little trouble getting back in to the world. This picks right back up on the cliffhanger in book 4 and there are some small recaps but honestly I forgot who

    Good gracious. EoS and now this? Bloody hell. 2017 better bring us some happiness.

    Alright. There will be some spoilers up to book 4 in here and I'll try to be vague about the rest.

    If it has been a while since you read the first four books- I recommend doing a skim at least of the last book. There are seriously so many characters and I had a little trouble getting back in to the world. This picks right back up on the cliffhanger in book 4 and there are some small recaps but honestly I forgot who I even cared about.

    Lie. Really I only care about Magnus and Cleo. I'm pretty sure most of the fandom agrees. If those are the characters you are attached to- I think you'll like this book. I remember not caring in the slightest about any of the other characters and was in agony though any POV that wasn't either of them in other books. This book actually felt a bit more bearable because Mags and Cleo darling seem to be the focus in this one (thank goodness) so even the other POVs revolve around them for the most part. (More on them later...)

    I'm actually happy to report that Lucia was mildly tolerable in this book too. She is feeling a little remorseful for what all went down before, and it was *semi* interesting to try and figure out what path she will choose now. Don't get me wrong- I still can't stand her. Jonas actually was kinda useful in this one *gasp* and I was kinda interested in him finally. My least favorite bits were Amara's POV. Blah blah, I get it... you hate men... you want to rule everything... yada yada.

    Everyone else seemed to be tools to move along the story but the book was so short it didn't drag too much. On that note - no one is safe, yet again. Plenty of death if you're here for that kinda thing.

    Back to more important matters...

    I absolutely loved the direction the author went for Magnus and Cleo- though it thoroughly wrenched my heart. Just because they "got together" in the fourth book and confessed their love DOES NOT MEAN things are smooth rolling for them. Magnus is still so very wounded from his past and Cleo faces some difficulties that make them doubt each other. They very obviously love each other but the relationship struggles in this were so painful. But you know what? That makes the good moments so worth while... and there are some GOOD moments. Not to mention- they still have some heated banter which YES I LOVE IT UGH. The best part which I applaud Rhodes for is THEY DID NOT ONCE GET CHEESY like so many couples after they get together.

    THAT ENDING WHAAAAAAAT WAS THAT. Okay but I'm hopeful because that just can't be it. That's all I can say without being emotional.

    My only complaint aside from some of the boring POVs throughout the series is the writing. Maybe it is just me- but I feel like Rhodes tries too hard with some of her dialogue. So much of it just feels unatural/cheesy. The writing isn't the strongest either but whatever- Magnus and Cleo make up for any series shortcomings. It also tends to be a little under descriptive at times which confused me - especially during some of the high action scenes towards the end.

    Lastly, yep... playlist for Magnus (and some Cleo feels..) because I can't not do it. Check it out

    if you want to give it a listen!

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  • Samantha
    Dec 14, 2016

    This still felt like a Falling Kingdoms book so fans may not be as let down as I was. But this book felt very rushed and off balance. With the amount of characters, we didn't have enough time even with the core 4 to really see development from them. We had some character back tracking that felt unnecessary. Twists had no foreshadowing so they felt misplaced. And there were some tropes pulled out that I felt were ridiculous. It doesn't feel as consistent as the previous installments, which have c

    This still felt like a Falling Kingdoms book so fans may not be as let down as I was. But this book felt very rushed and off balance. With the amount of characters, we didn't have enough time even with the core 4 to really see development from them. We had some character back tracking that felt unnecessary. Twists had no foreshadowing so they felt misplaced. And there were some tropes pulled out that I felt were ridiculous. It doesn't feel as consistent as the previous installments, which have consistently gotten better and built upon one another. This feels separate in some way.

    I still enjoyed it! I love this world and these characters, and I'm always happy to see them. There were some developments and back stories that I loved seeing more of. But with how rushed this felt, it does make me nervous for the last book.

    Video review/discussion to come!

  • Regan
    Dec 28, 2016

    4.5

    damn.