Review: FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes is filled with heartbreak

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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    kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews

    November 12, 2012

    Thanks for a lovely review, Asma! This book has been on my wishlist and now I'm really looking forward to reading it :)

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    November 12, 2012

    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!

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    Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence

    November 12, 2012

    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.

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    Megan Broderick

    November 12, 2012

    This sounds really really good!! I'm adding it on Goodreads as we speak (type? whatever)

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    November 12, 2012

    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!


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    November 12, 2012

    I'm so glad you loved this one! I have an ARC of it waiting to be read. Now I'm all excited about it! Yay!

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    November 12, 2012

    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!

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    November 12, 2012

    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.

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    November 13, 2012

    Good to know that you can judge it by it's cover because I definitely did! I plan on reading this as soon as I get a chance! Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

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    Christina K.

    November 13, 2012

    Good characters and world and everything! YOur review convinced me:)

    Thank you:)

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    November 13, 2012

    Thanks for a great review! This book was already on my want list and now I want it more :)

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    November 14, 2012

    Thanks for a great review! i can't wait for my copy

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    Courtney Reads A Lot

    November 14, 2012

    Great review! I want to read this even more now! :D

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    Dazzling Mage

    November 14, 2012

    Ooh, I really, really want to read this now!

    Awesome review! =D

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    November 15, 2012

    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

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    Dragana Mitrovic

    November 16, 2012

    Great review. I know what my next wow will be. ;)

    Dragana @ Bookworm Dreams

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    November 16, 2012

    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!

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    November 16, 2012

    This looks amazing! Thanks for the review.

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    Tiffany Drew

    November 18, 2012

    I am also quite a fan of the cover. I'll admit that this isn't my usual kind of read and wasn't sure if I would give it a go or not. But your review has definitely convinced me!

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    Jaime Lester

    November 18, 2012

    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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    Zachary Flye

    December 3, 2012

    I'm so jealous you got an ARC of this book it's been at the top of my most wanted list for sometime now! I can't wait for it to be released

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    Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts

    December 8, 2012

    I love your review and soon I'm going to read it too

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    December 8, 2012

    I have been hearing amazing things about this. Excellent review, I am sold.

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    December 21, 2012

    I was also drawn to it by the cover. Your review just got me all excited to read it. I do like a good rebellion! Thanks

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 11, 2013

    I've heard great things about this book! Maybe I'll check it out sometime…