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Review: FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes is filled with heartbreak

Posted by on November 12, 2012

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) Falling Kingdoms
Morgan Rhodes
412 pages
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: December 11th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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?

  Morgan Rhodes’s FALLING KINGDOMS is just as enchanting as its cover, complete with a fantastical plot filled with heartbreak.

   Three Kingdoms, all of them are falling apart. When Jonas Allagon’s brother is murdered at the hands of a selfish Auronian lord, anger takes over. For years the Paelsians have suffered, while the neighboring kingdoms made no move to help them. Auronians lived a perfect life of parties and happiness, while the homeland of the Paelsians withered. The Limorians are no better than the Auronians. But the death of Tomas Allagon was the spark that started a rebellion.

   I can definitely see why this is one of the Breathless Reads. The plot was mind-blowing and the writing was just… amazing. About a third of the way into the book, I despised the Limorians. I hated the way they acted. And the Paelsians are considered savages? Harrumph – they aren’t even close to barbaric. For those who read the book you can probably see why I hate the Limorians, especially Magnus.

   Narrated by four different characters, all with completely different (and compelling) voices, FALLING KINGDOMS takes place across all three kingdoms.

   While this may all seem confusing right now, Morgan Rhodes builds her world of fantasy with striking clarity. And it isn’t just the world that is clear and real, the characters are too. FALLING KINGDOMS will have you crying for the characters, dumbfounded, and begging for more by the time you turn the last page.

   The main reason why I picked this book up was because of it’s awesome cover. I hadn’t even read the synopsis, but based on the cover and title I could tell it would be an interesting read. This is one book you can judge by its cover – FALLING KINGDOMS is incredible.

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25 comments

  1. Oh boy!!! I cannot wait to read this one!! I have a copy from BEA just waiting to be read!!! Also, I love Morgan Rhodes so I'm looking forward reading it! Also, the fact that it was so heartbreaking just makes me want to read it even more!

  2. Oh, I can't even tell you how excited I am that this has you SO EXCITED. I was really worried about it, especially because the author's other book under a different name did NOTHING for me. But this, THIS is a fantasy and I'm so happy that it did the job for you. I'm a big character girl too, so I'm hoping I'm as effected by the characters as you were.

  3. The cover grabbed my attention immediately, and like you, I didn't really need to read your review or the book blurb to know I want to read this! LOL

    But I did read your review and the blurb which makes me want to read this even more. It's been awhile since I have picked up a fantasy novel. This may have to be my next one!

    Lily

  4. Exciting!!!! I have been looking forward to reading this one since I first saw the cover, as well, and this is the first review I've read for it – so glad it seems like it lives up to the hype and was a truly compelling and emotional read! Great job on this review, Asma!

  5. I've been seeing more and more reviews for this book. It seems to be getting really high praise so far. I'm in love with the cover. I'm going to read this for sure.

  6. Happy to hear you enjoyed it! :D I have an ARC still sitting in my closet and hopefully I'll get to read it soon.

    Thanks for the summary & review!

    ~ Kristi

  7. I have been hearing a lot of really good reviews of this one recently! It sounds like the type of book I would really like, so it sounds like I will have to pick it up!

  8. This book sounds incredibly exciting. And there is no way I could pass up a book with a cover like this one. It is one of my fave covers this year. Beautiful. I really am excited for this book. Thanks so much for the review. Made me even more certain that Falling Kingdoms is a must-read!

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