Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
By: Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 11, 2012
Published by: Razorbill
Description: 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?
My Thoughts: Okay, this book was really good. I've been reading lots of books I've seen on "The best of" lists all over the place and this fantasy book was one of them. It definitely lived up to it's hype.
There's not much to say that's not already described in the summary. We follow 4 different people in 3 different kingdoms, Palesia, Limeros, and Auranos as they deal with various issues plaguing them all. Eventually, one "small" mistake leads to all out war for all the kingdoms and we get a front row seat to the action.
This isn't one of those books with the sugary sweet ending where the MC's all end up on top. No, they pretty much dig a hole for themselves, jump into it, and pull the dirt in over top of them. This is war, in all it's gory details.
I loved this story. It reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones (the show, not the book. I've yet to read the book so I wouldn't know if they're the same) with the espionage and sneakiness, and double crossing. I loved this story and will definitely read the next one, Rebel Spring, when it comes out in December.
I give this one, 5 Stars.