Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 412
Synopsis:n 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….

 

 

Wow what a great way to make a first impression.

This provoked so many emotions, mostly anger, but in a good way. Although this wasn’t necessary an original plot (magic forbidden, corrupt rulers, country wars, etc), it was still an entertaining read.

I was intrigued from beginning to end. The murder set the tone of the novel, creating a mysterious, dark, and action-filled read. We’re in the point of view of  characters from the three kingdoms of Mytica, getting in the heads of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia. We’re also in the POV of some of the characters such as the watchers some other characters. Although there were sooo many point of views, I was still able to keep up with the story.

There was so many conflicts all beautifully intertwine amazingly. The most unique thing was that it made me confused; I was pondering if I liked a character or not. In the beginning, I liked Magnus, but then I didn’t really at the end.  I didn’t care for Jonas, but then I started to accept him at the end.

These are impressions of the main characters

Lucia: She’s the possible “chosen one” character. Although I don’t care much for her, I’m excited to see how her powers become more powerful throughout the series

Magnus: The heir of his kingdoms and the brother of Lucia. He sometimes witty, but sometimes “ugh.” He also possess some brother-sister boundaries and has some daddy issues.

Jonas: The head rebel for his country and the brother who was killed that caused madness in Mytica. I describe him as the angry goodhearted asshole. Believe it or not, I like him.

Cle0: The princess of her country. Strong-willed, courageous, and hopeful young lady. She departs on a journey to a weakest country to search for magic seeds to cure her sister. She’s probably my favorite!

The characterization is amazing. The three leaders of the Mytica, all possess hate for each others countries, and what they would do to get there country to be on top. I thought the kings were astounding and multiplex.

I enjoyed that this book was brutal. After reading Falling Kingdoms, I will make sure to not get too connected to the characters.

One thing that sort of bugged me was that it was paced weirdly. I would be reading a paragraph, but then there would be a whole new setting (without the paragraph breaks)I sometimes had to read something again because I was confused where the characters were. Though that could be my fault because I consider myself as a fast reader and I could just easily missed those parts.

The ending made me kind of angry. Not that I hated the ending, but I felt sympathy for some characters. There’s so much betrayal, manipulative agendas, and mysterious motives.

I haven’t read Game of Thrones, or even watch the TV show, but I imagine Falling Kingdoms possess a glimpse of it (although, GOT is probably far more complicated).

I wished I bought the other books. There’s a long wait for these books in my library, scribd doesn’t have them, and I’m trying to save money. Oh the struggle!

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