- Crystal Storm Page Count: 432
- Release Date: December 13, 2016
- My Rating: 4 stars
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?
I AM NOT OK WITH THAT ENDING. Are you kidding me. Someone get me a TARDIS or something because I cannot wait another year after that!
Aaaargh ok ok no big spoilers. This story in a nutshell: lots of people are either killed, back from the dead, or in the process of dying.
(I avoid major spoilers but do mention a couple very basic plot points from the start of the story since this is a review. So if you were voluntarily seeking out reviews hoping to not see ANYTHING about the book, you might want to click away).
Anyways, this book was pretty short and there are a lot of POVs, so everyone’s story only moved forward a little bit overall. 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 how 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 I guess there are other people in the story… Amara’s still trying to take over the world. Lucia’s pregnant with some Renesmee baby that’s growing super fast. Jonas is still attempting to do his thing (“It seems he’s the one most likely to be injured at any given time”).
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 most of the POVs cover the same plot. So that was nice.
But ok back to Magnus… seriously, this entire series is worth reading just for his sassy comments. Pretty sure Magnus & Dorian from ToG are the two top characters who just need a hug and/or break at this point. But I have to admit that I really wasn’t that into the parts of this book that didn’t have Magnus. It kind of dragged in parts and didn’t cover a ton overall. I think Frozen Tides is my favorite book in this series so far because it felt like more happened, but this one was still good 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 no big deal) and ends happily because these cliffhangers are killer.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy!