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by Morgan Rhodes

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Title:Falling Kingdoms
Authors:Morgan Rhodes
Info:Razorbill (2012), Hardcover, 400 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:YA, High Fantansy

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My, oh my, this was absolutely fantastic! Without any doubt or hesitation I’m giving this one 5 full stars, even a month after I have finished it. I loved this book! It kept me reading late into the night, homework was disregarded, my social life (ha!) fell to the wayside as I locked myself in my room to JUST. KEEP. READING. It may have been because I haven’t read anything new or particularly good recently, but this book was definitely a winner.

Falling Kingdoms follows the lives of people from the three countries of Auranos, Palesia, and Limeros in the land of Mytica. This land is fraught with tension after the murder of a wine seller’s son and it seems that a war is on the rise. In this book we get to see through the eyes of many different characters from all the countries, and this perspective change is done so efficiently that we are able to empathize with all the characters. Because of this connection you feel with everyone, you can’t really pinpoint a villain right away, however it becomes clear near the end and definitely in the sequel, Rebel Spring who is evil and who is not.

This fabulous fantasy just blew me away. I feel like I love this book way more than most people, but this story just grabbed my attention from the very beginning and didn’t let me go. I literally stayed up all night to read the majority of the book. Some characters in the book include Princess Cleo, Jonas Agallon, Prince Magnus and Princess Lucia. It was so nice to watch as each character was developed, how their stories intertwined together and how feelings or connections changed between them all.

This was a story that kept me on edge. There were so many characters and events and it was just such a smooth and enjoyable read. There was no lull at all in the narrative for me and the plot is also full of sudden and shocking moments. I literally gasped, laughed, cried and shouted at the book all while reading. Luckily I read this when there were no other people around… for the most part…

Aaahh… anyway… I can’t say enough about how wonderful I thought this book was, so to save you from pages and pages of what would be a big ol’ gush fest, I guess I’ll wrap it up. I actually went to Chapters before I was done Falling Kingdoms to buy the sequel, Rebel Spring, which I read immediately after I was done. I’m happy to say I LOVED that book as well and hope to review it soon.

I guess it’s obvious, but I absolutely recommend this book to anyone and everyone looking to be completely thrilled and enthralled by a book. This book sucks you in and really doesn’t let you go. Honestly I was absorbed and lost in the world this book weaved and I loved every minute of it! Go and grab your copy and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ( )
  ceecee83 | Feb 28, 2015 |
Uhg... Basically this was dumbed down high fantasy with boring characters (who are incredibly stupid) and gaping plot holes. Plus it's super predictable and most events are pushed forward by illogical plot devices.

If you can't tell, I didn't like it. I went into it thinking I'd be getting another great YA fantasy novel along the lines of [b:Graceling|3236307|Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)|Kristin Cashore|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1331548394s/3236307.jpg|3270810], [b:Grave Mercy|9565548|Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)|Robin LaFevers|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1320269319s/9565548.jpg|14452295], [b:The Thief|448873|The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)|Megan Whalen Turner|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1388265525s/448873.jpg|1069505] or Tamora Pierce classics. But, no, not at all.

I ranted so hard to my husband about inconsistencies Like hey, even though Jonas was basically a random peasant and occasional small game hunter, once he's in the big final battle suddenly he knows how to use any weapon he comes across and easily murders trained soldiers, because that makes sense

Even the heads of all the kingdoms are so obtuse it's not even funny. The King of Aurenos literally lets invading armies stroll right into his country to his front gates. Instead of, I dunno, stopping them at the border where there is (according the beginning of the book) a super dense forest filled with awesome camouflaged guards and then the invading army would be stuck on the other side in the very inhospitable land of Paelsia with no crops or game. The invading army would then be forced to go around by sea, which of course would takes months to build enough ships to move an army.... but no this is all conveniently not mentioned. Armies magically appear because it's for the PLOT. /END RANT There are no complicated politics and intrigue. The author tries to be edgy and daring The almost incest with Magnus and killing off Theon after insta-love confessions but fails because I don't care about any of the characters.

Seriously, if your a fan of high fantasy, then just skip this. Save yourself the inevitable rants. ( )
  luminescent_bookworm | Jan 27, 2015 |
It's not often I give up on a book. But with so many other things to read, I couldn't see the point in investing the time to finish this one. At nearly half way through, I didn't care about any of the characters and found the plot confused and uninteresting. The constantly shifting point of view felt choppy and kept me from being drawn into the story. ( )
  AngelaCinVA | Dec 6, 2014 |
"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?"
I decided to read this book for a read-along that is occurring now until December 5th and must say, I do not regret this decision one bit. I must have been living under a rock to not have heard about this series before now, especially when it is so similar to one of my favorite series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
The first book in the series, Falling Kingdoms, follows three kingdoms on the brink of war and, as shown in the blurb above, four different characters, which did make this read somewhat difficult! I found myself able to empathize easily with any of the four, but the character that stood out the most had to be Prince Magnus, the Limerian prince who struggled between who he is and who his father wants him to be. Having all the characters so easy to relate to made this book seem to fly by with no dull moments and it honestly pained me to have to put the book down to do mundane activities like work, or laundry, or anything that did not involve reading this book!
In terms of world building, I did not find this one particularly unique because it did remind me of George R. R. Martin's enchanted land of Westeros, as stated above, but the element of magic, combined with well developed characters and a fast-moving plot left me salivating for the second book as soon as it ended!
Genre: YA Fantasy
Positives: I was immediately drawn into this spectacular fantasy world and found no slow spots. I was always turning the page, looking for more!
Negatives: The world in the book was not 100% unique in my opinion, but that is something I am more than willing to overlook!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
  angierose | Nov 25, 2014 |
Honestly, I couldn't decide whether to give this book three or four stars. I loved the setting, the mythology, the ideas behind the plot & characters, but... Falling Kingdoms does lack something, either character development or depth of description or something. It certainly didn't engross me like Cinda William Chima's Seven Realms series did a few months ago. I'll likely read the sequel (I'm interested enough for that), but I'm not eager to delve right in like I typically am. ( )
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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?
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