Book: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 11, 2012
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Adventure
Summary: In 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….
This. Freaking. Book. I can’t even deal with this. I have so many feelings about this and I don’t know where to start.
Now I’m not going to say that this is a super original plot, or that I haven’t seen characters almost exactly like these before, but I will say this is my favorite version I’ve read. I’m literally in love with it.
The writing was incredibly easy to read, it never felt bogged down with long words the author was just throwing in there to look a bit smarter. When I finally got time away from homework and work, I sat down and finished this book in a matter of two days I think. And considering it was the middle of the week, and I had a test that Friday, that’s pretty fast for me. I was sucked into this world and I had no intentions of getting out.
This isn’t really a spoiler, since it’s made pretty clear within the first or second chapter from Magnus’ point of view, but I think the only negative thing I’ve got to say for this book is that I’m 100% not down for his feelings toward his sister.
I mean, I love him as a character because he’s a sarcastic, bitter little thing and I’m drawn to every character like that in books, but I can’t look past the creepy, ‘I love my sister in a not so sister way’ thing going on. I’m really hoping nothing comes of it in the coming books, and hopefully he finds a sarcastic girl to be the love of his life. And hopefully she doesn’t get killed off.