Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

falling kingdomsFalling Kingdoms. Morgan Rhodes. Young Adult/High Fantasy. December 11, 2012. 412 Pages. 4.5/5 Stars. [Source: Ebook]

“Will the fighting start soon?”
He squeezed her hands.
“It’s already begun.”

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

K:

THIS. BOOK. IS. SO. EPIC! I love it so much. It gave me a heaping dose of my favorite thing in the world: political intrigue.

The synopsis is quite difficult, so I’m going to try to explain it without saying much.

fk map

There are three kingdoms in the land of Mytica: Limeros, Paelsia, and Auranos.

Limeros is a frozen land. Therefore, they hate Auranos because they have the perfect climate.

Paelsia is poor. Therefore, they hate Auranos because they are rich.

What happens when 2 out of the 3 kingdoms in one land hate the same kingdom?

going down

That’s the main plot, but this book deals with so much more. There are plenty of minor subplots that are worth the read.

In this book, we follow 4 main characters, who are somewhat the catalysts to the events of Falling Kingdoms. I’m not going to say much about them because the summary already described them. Though, you shouldn’t expect perfect characters because they are flawed. You should expect some growth and development (especially as the series continues on).

An interesting aspect in this book is that it deals with the taboo. Hold your horses! It’s not the creepy kind of taboo. It’s just enough to make sense and add to the plot. Just remember that reading about the taboo stuff helps you improve as a reader and a writer. 🙂

The writing is fabulous. Since this is a high fantasy book, I was expecting a slow start and was willing to wait around 100 pages to get hooked. That was not the case. I was hooked immediately, and there are no intense information dumps! Beautiful.

Overall, this book is AMAZING! I can’t rave about this book enough. This is my new favorite series (yes, I read all the books before reviewing the first one because I am #rebel). I think this book is a great introduction to high fantasy. It’s not that difficult to follow, and the plot is really gripping. I think you all should give this a try.

I rate this book

A really really good read.
A really really good read.

P.S. This a perfect read if you’re a Game of Thrones fan! (or if you’re too young to watch the show or read the books, this will give you a heaping dose of epicness)

N:

Kyra kept telling me to read this book so I started it the other day and finished it last night. Oh. My. God. When I first thought I was suffering the early stages of getting stuck in a reading slump, I was convinced that I won’t be able to finish this book soon. I was wrong. This book was beautifully written, visually descriptive, and action-packed.

Even with 4 main characters to follow, it was surprisingly easy to get the gist of what’s going on. Limeros hates Auranos. Paelsia hates Auranos. Auranos is perfect. Oooooh we all know what’s gonna happeeeeeennnn

fight fight

From the reader’s perspective, it was exciting as hell. You know how your reading speed increases the closer you get to the last page? It doesn’t work that way in this book. Your reading pace is already going 248284093 words per minute but NO THIS ISN’T FAST ENOUGH I HAVE TO READ FASTER WHAT’S GOING ON I NEED TO KNOW DFNKDL

I’m currently reading the second book, and I recently found out that this will be a 6-book series. I am on the floor. 6 books of this glorious story. Hallelujah. God is so good. Life is so good. Can university postpone their classes? I’d like to read this series all year long.

5 stars. Absolutely wonderful.

Also, I’ve neither read nor watched Game of Thrones, but damn, if GoT is similar to this, I might just start!

BONUS!
Favorite quotes from the book:

“You’re the same as you were yesterday and the day before. Nothing has changed. Not really. Forget what troubles you. Regret nothing, but learn from any mistakes you make. Tomorrow will be a brighter day, I promise.”

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.”

“Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice.”

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11 Replies to “Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)”

  1. Yes, read GoT! If you like kingdoms plotting against kingdoms and multiple PoV then it will be perfect for you. This one sounds so amazing. Plus its spinoff has a most beautiful cover. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it this month!

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    1. I’m pretty sure GoT will be a thrilling read, but it’s so big! It’s really intimidating. Lol. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon. And I hope you’ll get around to reading Falling Kingdoms too! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you think of it.

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