Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes

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Falling Kingdoms - 
Morgan Rhodes
Released: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Penguin

Synopsis: In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

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

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

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

What it's about: Three lands divided, not just by fences, but by religion and history as well, in this fantasy where magic lies underneath the surface. With an array of main characters and intertwining lives and events, this story will transport you to a completely different world.

What I thought: Falling Kingdoms started off slowly for me, but by the end it had completely enraptured me. I was immersed into this fantasy world, where nothing is as it seems. While the vivid descriptions of the lands and palaces were something to gawk at, the characters are what stole the show for me. There are the main characters and of course, the supporting ones too and you just can't help but love them all equally. While Falling Kingdoms was riddled with twists, I found most of them to be obvious almost straight away.

Falling Kingdoms is an amazing start to what I can tell will be an intense series.

The Good: Having so many new characters to love, and trying to figure out which ones will be your favourites!

The Bad: *Spoiler alert* Having so many characters you really like get killed off in the first book! Nooooooo!


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  1. Great review! I just got this from the library and I hope to enjoy it as much as you.

  2. It was slow for me in the beginning too, and I didn't think the world was that original but I did enjoy the characters and I'm curious to see what happens to them next in the sequel.

  3. Hi Claire. I don't read much fantasy, but am beyond interested in Falling Kingdoms. I have to at least read this first installment and go from there. I have had the pleasure of enjoying many books that are out of my comfort zone and am hoping that this will be one of them. Thanks for your great review.

  4. I have add my eye on this one for ages now! My love for fantasy is growing and by the sound of your review, I think this one is going to deepen that love! I love love vivid descriptions and how a book starts slow and then next thing you know you're super into it like never before! I really need to pick this one ASAP! Great review Claire! Just by your review alone, I think this will def. be a great start to the series! :)

  5. Oh, I love characters! If a book doesn't have great characters, then it's just hopeless for me. So happy you liked it and now I can't wait to read this even more. Great review!

  6. Wonderful review! I just recently purchased this one, but have not had the chance to read it yet. :)


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