Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

3.5 ended with a bang stars

falling kingdoms


There was so much book hype surrounding this book I almost didn’t start it. Then my SIL downloaded so I thought why not try it.  It took me so long to get even half way through, the book didn’t really pick up for me until almost chapter 22.  I understand that they are so many characters that needed introduced but some of the characters beginning stories seem so A-typical of a YA book.   I’m going to try to do this with as little to no spoiling at all okay?


There are 3 kingdoms in this book all believing in different things and living in different ways.  Cleo is from a kingdom where all is well and everything is vibrant and beautiful all the time.   If you haven’t guessed yet Cleo is a princess, a rather beautiful princess.  She gets to go traipsing about not worrying about anything except what she wants to do until a visit to a neighboring kingdom doesn’t go as planned.  Now she is stuck being watched by a bodyguard at all times.  The precedent she sets forth after finding out her beloved sister is sick is rather tropey. (is that a word?)

Then there is Magnus and Lucia (I can’t stand this trope)  they are brother and sister.  However his sister has a huge secret as does Magnus.  When their father the King of Blood decides to align with another neighboring kingdom to take down Cleo’s kingdom he uses his children so recklessly.  However he is the king of blood soo…  Magnus has already met the lovely princess Cleo in rather unfortunate circumstance.  They actually can’t stand each other.

Okay onto my favorite character Jonas probably because he is the only one with depth or so it seem to me in the beginning.  He is trying to avenge is family when the person he allies with turns out to be a traitor. Now he must rely on the person he was going to kill to avenge everything that has been done to him and his kingdom.

Did you get a theme?? Everyone is avenging everyone and everyone DIES… You are very good at killing off people Morgan Rhodes which kills me.  (disclaimer NOT everyone dies…. I was being dramatic) However like I said in the beginning until everyone’s stories start to intertwine about half way through I could’ve cared less about any one character.  Everyone loves Magnus but I’m not on that band wagon I really hope she doesn’t kill off Jonas in the next book…

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book blurb..

Hardcover, 412 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill (first published January 1st 2012)
Original TitleFalling Kingdoms ISBN 1595145842 (ISBN13: 9781595145840)

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….

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