• Page Count: 426
  • Release Date: June 28, 2016
  • My Rating: 2.5 stars

Book Description:

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2) In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes’s highly acclaimed Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, danger looms and the mystery deepens as two warring evils vie for possession of one elusive, powerful book.

Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for. 

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down. 

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession. 

My Thoughts:


I almost called it a DNF so many times but had to finish it out of some weird loyalty to the Falling Kingdoms series.

I absolutely LOVE the Falling Kingdoms books, but still am not sold on this spinoff series. I gave the first book the benefit of the doubt because it had a lot of cool elements (like the secret society) and seemed to be setting up an interesting series.

I really enjoy how Morgan Rhodes writes, so the writing itself was the strongest part of this book. The story itself was kind of dull, though, and I’m starting to lose interest… like I wanted to love it SO much but I really shouldn’t have to struggle and fight that hard to keep reading.

The story is told through the split POVs of Crys, Becca, Farrell, and Maddox. Maddox’s story in Mytica is still the part I care the least about… like I guess I care more about “modern” Mytica in the Falling Kingdoms series than seeing all of the history between Cleonia, Valoria, and Eva. I liked Becca and Crys a bit more, but still didn’t really connect with them. And I definitely don’t care about the old tangled relationship between the adults.

I thought Farrell was the most intriguing part of the first book with his torn loyalties and darker side, but he lost most of his appeal in this book and started to hate himself a little too much. I understand the marks Markus gave him and why Farrell turns into a dangerous psychotic asshole who’s torn between wanting to kill Crys and save her, but that trope is definitely not a favorite. I hope he ends up as the villain in the end.

The first 11% of the story was spent summarizing the first book, but then not much happened after that. I didn’t care about the plot OR characters. There were a few interesting scenes, but for the most part it was a far cry from the fun adventure that you get in Falling Kingdoms. I wouldn’t recommend this spinoff series, but go read Falling Kingdoms instead!



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