Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her father’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspeare Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….
Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.
I received an ecopy of this book via First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
I adore the Falling Kingdoms series, so I definitely wasn't about to miss out on a spin-off series! I don't love this as much as Falling Kingdoms, but this was a brilliant start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next book!
This book has multiple perspectives, like the Falling Kingdoms series, but this book is very unique. We get the perspective of Crys, a modern day teenager whose sister falls into a coma after touching a mysterious book. Then, there;s Maddox, who lives in Ancient Mythica (the world of Falling Kingdoms) who sees a girl that only he can see. Lastly, there's Farrell, whose involved in a secret society. All three of these teens stories are interconnected and will have to find the truth to their families and their lives.
This book is a very interesting Urban Fantasy, since half of it takes place in a fantasy world. I thought it was very interesting traveling into Mythica again, though many many years before the events of Falling Kingdoms. This version of Mythica was familiar to me, but so so different and I actually enjoyed this fact! While I sometimes preferred the fantasy world, our world was equally fascinating.
My main problem with this book was just the fact that, for awhile, not a whole lot was happening. It didn't pick up until the very very end, and that's what saved the book. It isn't until then that the dark plot twists and action that I associate with the Falling Kingdom series comes to shine!
As for romance, don't expect much. There isn't any romance in this book, though there will probably be some in the next books. Still, Morgan Rhodes has been known to make me confused on what to ship, and to also rip ships to shreds.
Overall, this book was very slow-paced, but the last few chapter strongly made up for it! I recommend this book to fans of Falling Kingdoms, fantasy, and urban fantasy! Also, this book can definitely be read if you have not read the Falling Kingdoms series, even though you should really read that series!
Lastly, this is a great start to the series and I honestly can't wait to read more!