Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Source: Own Copy
Read: January 1, 2018 – January 6, 2018
Goodreads 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…. (Goodreads Page)
I’ve had this series on my shelf for the longest time. Every time a new book was released I was like now is the perfect time to get caught up with the series. But that never happened. And with the series soon coming to a close, I’m just now picking up the series!
I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read this. When it first came out I was just getting into high-fantasy in YA. Maybe I thought it would be a little over my head? I don’t know. But then the series got so hyped that I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to it all. Now that I’ve finally read it, I can tell you that it definitely deserves all the hype it’s gotten and continues to get.
Let’s start with the world-building. I thought the world was incredible. I had no problems picturing all the different kingdoms (though the map at the beginning of the book did help a lot 🙂 ). I could definitely feel the tension growing between the kingdoms very early on.
Now, the characters. There’s such a big list of characters that I can’t talk about them all individually, but they were all amazing. This story is told through multiple POVs and as someone who usually has problems keeping characters straight in these types of stories, I had absolutely no problem following the changes in perspective! They were all written in a way that you can’t help but feel for them and their own individual journey. I fell in love with all of the characters (well except King Gaius, Magnus, and Aron).
Next, let’s discuss the pacing. I thought the pacing of this was right on point of where it needed to be. While you could tell that it is definitely the first book in a fantasy series, where the author has to take time to go over all the background information in order for the story to make sense, I never found myself getting bored or wanting it to progress faster. (I think the pacing also helped with getting to know the characters as this is definitely a character-driven story.) I also feel like the pacing was a plot point in the story since it was slow but steady throughout the first half of the book and then it really picked up towards the end when it really needed to (if that makes any sense 😆 )
And lastly, the writing. I loved Rhodes’ writing style. It was so simplistic and easy to follow. I’m a slower reader, but I was able to read this pretty quickly. (I only read 5 chapters before putting it down for the day as I’m reading the entire series for a month-long readalong.)
I absolutely LOVED this book and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! (No spoilers please)