- Hardcover: 402 pages
- Publisher: Razorbill (December 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595145842
- ISBN-13: 978-1595145840
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 658 g
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66.743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Falling Kingdoms Hardcover – 11 December 2012
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PRAISE for the FALLING KINGDOMS series:
"Morgan Rhodes has created a rich, living fantasy world and characters that immediately draw the reader in. This is one of those series you can't help but be obsessed with. I can't wait to see what happens next!" --Richelle Mead, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Vampire Academy and The Glittering Court
"Falling Kingdoms is a superbly written and character-driven narrative." --Bookpage "[A] YA Game of Thrones full of intrigue, betrayal, lies and love." --The Guardian "Falling Kingdoms will gut you emotionally. It will make you ache, cry, and beg for the sequel as you turn the last page. I absolutely loved it." --Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Queen "In this Game of Thrones-esque high fantasy, Rhodes has created a world that's raging with war, deceit, spoiled royals, and a populous needing little to spark a revolution." --NPR/WAMC's The Roundtable "From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel is the first in a projected series that will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued." --Booklist
About the Author
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series. Under another pen name, she's an award winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she's currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.
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I had expected an "Assassins Creed" type of story based on the description and cover art, but instead it was more of a drama between kingdoms with very little action. I think that the marketing may be a bit misleading for this book because it sells as a book filled with action and plot twists, when in actuality it was a mostly dry drama with more dialogue than action.
There are a few random violent scenes that the author threw in throughout the book to keep the reader on edge and shocked, but it really felt like they were included for shock value alone. Many times it just didn't make sense why a character was being harmed or murdered, it seemed forced. Normally, I expect a story that requires this much reading and the prospect of a long series of books to have more depth in the first book and draw me into the story. Instead, I don't really care to read the other books in the series because the pacing is just extremely slow. I own the next two books in the series but I am going to have to take a long break from this series before I pick them up and read them or I am afraid I will never finish them.
Overall, I see the appeal of this series, but I don't understand the marketing. These books promise an action filled story with loads of magic and fantastical characters and what is delivers is something much more basic. The characters are developed but not any different than any other character in your typical "young adult" book. The magic is very sparse and only thrown in for a few short scenes that leave you wondering if you missed something they are so brief. I just expected more, but for the hope that this series gets better, I give it three stars.
Plot: Falling Kingdoms is one of the most complex fantasy novels I've read this year. I knew this book was special by page 20. Two characters were dead and I had a feeling the death toll would double by the end. Rhodes does not disappoint, instead, she steadily ups the ante with each page.
Falling Kingdoms is a special book because there isn't always an obvious 'good' vs 'bad' agenda. Each of the characters affect the other in both good ways and bad; their interactions set the wheels in motion for a war none of their countries is prepared for.
Characters: The moral complexity of this novel made it hard for me to ever set this book down - for anything. Magnus proved to be the characters I despised and both emphasized with. He's in love with his younger sister and has to survive his bloodthirsty father. His sister, Lucia, is slated to be the most powerful sorceress that the land has seen in centuries. She is the complete opposite of her brother, all sweetness, and sensitivity to his rough edges and disinterest.
Princess Cleo of the prosperous Auranos is a bit of a brat - and I admit that it was hard to like her at times. She is used to getting her own way and wears her heart on her sleeves. My biggest issue with this book (which is not really an issue) is that both Lucia and Cleo come off too naive and fragile. I'm sure that both girls, Cleo especially, will grow as times get hard.
Lastly, we have Jonas, who just wants vengeance on those who hurt his family. They are all self-serving and I loved seeing how their actions affected everyone on a grander scale.
Worldbuilding: I can't even imagine how much time it took Morgan Rodes to craft this world. Limeros, Auranos, and Palesia all have their strengths and weaknesses with desires to advance. The people of Palesia are referred to as "savages" because of their failing economy while Auranos is able to tax them for imported goods and live comfortably. There is already unease between the nations, even their religions are at odds. The mythology is equal parts romance and greed which makes me excited for the dueling kingdoms in future installments.
Short N Sweet: Falling Kingdoms is clearly a labor of love, and I want to personally thank Morgan Rhodes for writing my next favorite fantasy novel.
My Recommended Reading Age: 13+
Genre: YA High Fantasy
I will divide this Review up into two sections; a synopsis and over all review.
Falling Kingdoms is a High Fantasy novel taking place on a fictitious continent known as Mytica. This novel is told through multiple point of views allowing the reader to see the inner workings of each kingdom. Poverty, greed, ambition, power, and magic all collide causing conflict to ensue between these kingdoms. Fans of the Game of Thrones, the Seven Realms Series, and the Throne of Glass series will like this novel.
Over All Review:
I found the novel very easy to read and hard to put down and although I throughly enjoyed this book I cannot give it a 4 star rating as it does suffer from some issues of plot development. I found that many conflicts of this book were too easily resolved and a lot of the world building was poorly explained. Despite the issues I found with the plot the characters are wonderfully complex and the book reads at a great pace making it enjoyable and hard to put down!