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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has solidified the reason why

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has solidified the reason why I love reading so much.  To be swept away into a tale of high fantasy where magic exists, the world is diverse, and the characters are unforgettable.

From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover, ...
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has solidified the reason why I love reading so much.  To be swept away into a tale of high fantasy where magic exists, the world is diverse, and the characters are unforgettable.

From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover, I knew that Falling Kingdoms was a story that would treasured and memorable.  When I first cracked open the book, what did I find?  A glossary…for the characters!  At first glance, I thought that “omg, what have I gotten myself into?”  My memory is not as good as it used to be, and seeing this list of characters kinda threw me off and had me a bit worried.  But don’t fret friends!  As the chapters in the story are broken down per kingdom; Auranos, Paelsia, and Limeros; you come to know rather quickly which characters come from which kingdom.

The story follows the story of specific characters in each kingdom, which melt together to provide a seamless story hope, love, triumph, hate, and magic.  In Aurano, Princess Cleo Bellos is forced into a deadly situation thanks to the arrogance and bullheaded ness of her friend/intended, Aron.  Because of Aron’s lack of brains, he unknowingly starts a revolution by the people of Paelsia and an uprising from the people of Limeros.  Silly boy and his freakin’ love for wine.  GAH!  Not only does Princess Cleo have to deal with this new turn of events, but she also tasks herself with a quest to find some magical grape seeds, which can only be received from a mythical fallen Watcher (one who is full of magic and not from this world), in order to save her sister’s life who, it seems, is dying from a broken heart.  She must travel into the kingdom of the very people who seek revenge for one of their own, and who loathe Aurano for all it has.  It is during this quest that Princes Cleo finds more than she has bargained for.

In Paelsia, Jonas Agallon, the youngest son of a meek win seller, has only one thing on his mind.  Vengeance.   To avenge the death of his older brother, which was brought about by the hands of Aurano’s royalty.  But after much thought, Jonas, along with the aide of the Chief, have started a revolution to destroy the king of Aurano, King Corvin, and his precious daughter, Princess Cleo for what happened to Jonas’ brother, and for the suffering that the people of Paelsia has gone through in the past years.   And though all he sees in front of him is hate and revenge, situations that occur opens Jonas’ eyes to the truth, and what he needs to do in order to really set his fellow people free.

In Limeros, Prince Magnus Damora is plagued by a forbidden love, and his sister, Princess Lucia is coming to terms with some unusual things that are happening to her.   With dark secrets being brought to light, and a father, King Gaius, who rules by instilling fear and spilling blood, Prince Magnus is slowing being corrupted by his father’s ways.  Without the love of the one he holds dearest, his heart turns to ice and he follows in the footsteps of his maniacal father.   Princess Lucia learns a few new truths about her and her life, and is unaware yet of how powerful a force she is, and what her role is in her prophesized existence.

As the lives of these characters intertwine in Fallen Kingdoms, this remarkable story comes to life and I needed more.  I completely devoured this story and was left hungering for the next book.  The different plot twists and turns had my head reeling in delight and couldn’t wait to see what else could possibly happen.  The characters all had their own personalities, good or bad, that readers will thoroughly enjoy.  I found myself literally rooting for the good guy, booing the bad guy, and becoming very emotional over the significance and importance of family.

What stood out in my mind?  The bad guys…and especially King Gaius.  His conniving, lying, deceitful ways had him stand out so much in my mind.  To slowly find out what he has done, or plans to do sent shivers up and down my spine, and it was HE who provided me with so many gasp worthy moments while reading Falling Kingdoms.  Definitely a force to be reckoned with.  I cannot WAIT to see what is going to happen with him in the next book.  To even see what sort of evil he has planned up his sleeve.

And don’t even get me started on the epic battle scene, you guys!  It was like 300, Gladiator, Braveheart, Beowolf all rolled into one!  It was THE most epic battle scene I have read and it will stand out in my mind.  The buildup and anticipation that led up to the beginning of the battle draws you in, and with one final battle cry, bodies collide and insanity ensues.   The descriptions of the battle itself, the sounds, the visuals, the deaths, the carnage… all of it combined left this lasting impression in me.  I could literally see this battle jump off the pages, and hear the clanging of the swords and shields, and smell the blood and sweat.  Amazing!  If there was one part in Falling Kingdoms that I would read again, it would be this battle scene…hands down!

An amazing read that fans of Kristen Cashore’s, Graceling Realm series, will devour.   If you are a lover of high fantasy, I would recommend you run out and grab a copy of Fallen Kingdoms and immerse yourself into this extraordinary world created by Morgan Rhodes.

posted by chapterxchapter on December 16, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I made it almost 200 pages into this until I gave up. I actual


I made it almost 200 pages into this until I gave up. I actually can't think of anything redeemable enough to make me finish it. My biggest problem would be the characters themselves, so let me go through them one at a time.

Cleo: When it matters the most, she doesn...

I made it almost 200 pages into this until I gave up. I actually can't think of anything redeemable enough to make me finish it. My biggest problem would be the characters themselves, so let me go through them one at a time.

Cleo: When it matters the most, she doesn't have a spine. My problem with her is that she's letting one mistake govern her whole life. Sure, coming out with the truth wouldn't be easy, but keeping that mistake a secret isn't worth being married to a total scum bag. Her fiancé is just despicable and the fact that she puts up with his behavior.... Ugh. They just disgust me.

Magnus: This guy is just wrong. Sometimes it seems like he might be a good person but then he goes and thinks or does something and its ruined. Quite frankly, Magnus is another character that really just disgusts me. I mean, I know Lucia isn't actually related to him, but Magnus doesn't know that, and they grew up together as siblings. Magnus just..... ick. Plus, even though he knows what his father is doing is wrong, he's going along with it.

Lucia: She's one of the main characters but in the 180 pages I read, she's barely been in there at all and what I have seen of her hasn't been all that impressive. Lucia hasn't done anything really, so I find it amazing that I dislike her already. But her "father" is awful and is about to start a war with an equally awful (if not more so) ruler and she doesn't even care! She seems like a nice enough person but all she cares about is herself so far.

Jonas: Welcome to the only character in this entire novel who isn't despicable, because, yes, the majority of the supporting characters are also horrible. Jonas has just lost his brother because of Cleo's fiancé and is out for revenge. The revenge part doesn't bother me that much because Jonas at least was trying to live a respectable life, which has been repeatedly frustrated by people like Magnus and Cleo. I'd probably keep reading just for Jonas, but he's hardly been in it at all.

In addition to hating all but one main character, after reading almost half of the book, nothing has happened. I mean, things have happened but it doesn't feel like the story has started yet. Everything up to this point feels like Rhodes is just setting the stage. The inciting incident took place long ago, now I want the story to actually start. It hasn't.

posted by AliceGrace on October 21, 2013

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    In the age of multi-tasking, sitting down to relax and read is a

    In the age of multi-tasking, sitting down to relax and read is an endorphin rush much like I experience shortly after a Lindt Lindor truffle explodes across the back of my palate. However, that heady endorphin high quickly recedes into an adrenaline blast of terror when I discover that the opening page is a compendium of information that keeps tabs on who is who, where is where, and good-god can I just start reading, please? However, once I started this high fantasy by Morgan Rhodes, I luckily found myself engaged and lost to an action-packed story, only occasionally stopping to go, “Wait. What? Who the hell is that?” then flipping to the front for a quick refresher course in the genealogy of Mythica, the land created by Rhodes.
    Said land is divided into three kingdoms and of course, war and intrigue is a’ coming. The multiple young characters are versatile in their quirks, qualities and genders, and I had fun chasing them around the countryside as their kingdoms fell apart. The setting/era was similar to titles such as Throne of Glass and Grave Mercy, but young female assassins weren’t woven into the fabric of this particular tale. There was still plenty of love, blood, and mayhem, though, to keep me occupied. 
    Considering the story was fantasy, I appreciated the fact that it didn’t delve into a long, boring outline of some new religion; the focus stayed on the characters. However, I think the belief system will probably be tackled in the next installment, Rebel Spring which arrives in book stores December 3, 2013. The only stumble I noticed in the writing was the author bouncing back and forth between modern phrasing and the old, stilted language of yore. Hopefully that, and a simpler character key in the front, will accompany the sequel, hence, keeping my endorphin levels exactly where they should be—on a chocolate high.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Wow

    What! The one problem with this book is... I have to wait for the next book, its going to be a long few weeks of waiting to see what happens next! Great story.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

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    Magic, politics, and a rebellious princess. How could I NOT pick

    Magic, politics, and a rebellious princess. How could I NOT pick this up? 

    The story was told in multiple POVs from people all over the kingdom. It was incredible being able to look at the downfall of the
    kingdoms from all of these different characters. I always felt conflicted when something terrible happens because I could understand
    it from both perspectives.

    There was something that bothered me through out the whole story that I couldn’t put my finger on. It was until Stacy from Girls in the
    Stacks pointed out on my goodreads that the speech patterns were very modern for an archaic world. One of my favorite things about
    books set in different periods are the unique speech patterns and that made it difficult to fully enter the world inside Falling Kingdoms
    because of the modern speech. 

    There were so many things happening at once. Falling Kingdoms was an intense book full of plot twists, chaotic battles, and betrayals.
    I was still able to enjoy this book, but I ended up not loving it as much as I thought I would. I'm still looking forward to the rest of the series
    though!

    *3.5*

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    **4 Stars** MY OVERVIEW: Where¿s the next page????? Where¿s the

    **4 Stars**

    MY OVERVIEW: Where’s the next page????? Where’s the next page!!!!!!!! Aaaaa. : ) Talk about a cliff hanger. Wow, the author has no problem killing off characters quickly. I think sometimes it was good, and other times it was bad. Just as you got to like someone… oh wait, they’re dead!

    PROS: I really like how you can see Cleo change through the book. All the experiences she has really make her a better and stronger person. I also enjoyed how the magic was broken into the 4 elements, and how witches didn’t have all of them… only sorcerers’/sorceress’ did. 

    CONS: All the jumping back and forth between kingdoms and characters was confusing for the first half of the book. It was a lot of backstory that didn’t flow together until about halfway through. Then you could see where everything came together and fit while still being different. I also didn’t like the fact that the Kindred weren’t fully explained until towards the end of the book. They are mentioned a lot and I had no idea what they really were and what they did.

    MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I can’t wait to read the next book. I am most excited to see what happens to Cleo and Lucia. I am hoping we learn who Lucia’s birth parents are in the next book.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    I love the world that Rhodes has created. She shares just enough

    I love the world that Rhodes has created. She shares just enough details of the history of the land and the people to grab my interest but not so much I feel bogged down by it. I didn’t find myself skimming over descriptions or back-story. I love that she pulls four stories and intertwines them with each other and the land’s history. I’ve read reviews that say this is Game of Thrones by George RR Martin for an YA audience. I’ve read Martin’s books and I love them. I think that description is accurate in that this is high fantasy with a sweeping story that bridges over many people and places. Its not nearly as large as Martin’s world or as complicated but Rhodes is successful in creating a rich history and a lot of character depth.


    You can read my full review on my blog, My Friends Are Fiction

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