- Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Series: #1 Falling Kingdoms
Rating: * * * *
Publication Date: 2012
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 realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
‘Falling Kingdoms’ was recommended to me and I would definitely recommend it to others. It is a thrilling YA fantasy about three lands on the brink of war and the focus shifts between each of these lands and the different characters there.
My favourite part of ‘Falling Kingdoms’ was the fact that it was full of surprises, right from the very beginning. The ending of the prologue shocked me, and I knew at that point that the book would be a great one. The twists continued throughout the novel and they kept me right on the edge of my seat. I was never sure what was going to happen next, and I loved that. It made the novel tense, gripping and memorable, as did the fact that several characters had secrets which they in turn revealed.
I also really enjoyed having a large cast of characters who were all interlinked, and that the chapters switched focus between several of these – Jonas, Cleiona, Lucia and Magnus. Each of these characters had a distinct voice and personality, as did some of the minor characters, including the arrogant and impulsive Aron, and the calculating and unpredictable King Gaius.
The reasons I didn’t give this book five stars are that I did not feel that it was as original as some of the other fantasies I have read recently, especially with regard to Elementia, and because I thought that Cleo’s romance occurred much too quickly and was not actually necessary.
However, I loved all the twists and turns in this novel and I do want to read the sequels to see what happens next.