Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms Series #1)

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms Series #1)

by Morgan Rhodes
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chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible and everything I want from a story, romance, danger, politics, plot twists, fantasy, and so much more. It kept me on edge and I couldn't stop reading it, so i pretty much finished it in one night. I am so excited for the next one!
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Well written, action packed, great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A captivating read that was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was truly amazing! Action packed, suspensful, and heart breaking, Falling Kingdoms will leave you on the edge of your seat and begging for more!
FireStarBooks More than 1 year ago
Plot related stuff The story started out with a bang! First chapter it initiated the spark! And within 50 pages of the book the "OMG! OMG! OH! OH! OH!" moments came in. Yup. :) The unfair kingdoms/magic/fighting/unrest is not a new idea but it is an idea what never gets old. This familiarity creates relatability. The magic reminded me of all those tales about the elements (Avatar anyone?), fate, and prophecies. The unfairness reminded me of the Ishbalans (or Ishvalans) from Full Metal Alchemists. The anger that brewed in my stomach was strong and hot. This is why I love reading, it can provide not only new worlds for me to explore but also familiarity and emotions. This familiarity is comforting. With that said, familiarity, or should I say repetitions can be bad. It is only tolerable in certain genres, and fantasy is one of them. Haha, I guess one of the reasons why I like fantasy and why I don't get annoyed by it. :p The world building is good, not the best but good enough. I can imagine a lot of the things by myself. Morgan gave the readers rooms to explore with their own imagination. The prologue was very different - in an attractive way. I did get confused when I was a few paragraphs in. I wasn't sure what was going on until later on. But it was intriguing. Characters Love the characters! Cleo was perfect in every single way. She didn't stand out to be any particular type: not completely whiny, not completely rebellious, not completely strong. She can't be pinned down as one type. She has a multitude of colors and rays that developed in this character that you simply can't hate. She is not perfect, nor fake. She is marvelous. Theon, oh wow. I love you, pure and simple. I love you. *dives into daydream* :) He is sweet, strong, protective...just *rolls around the floor from embarrassment and excitement* so perfect! I particularly like to hate Aron. He is the type of character that lacks responsibilities, chase freedom and fun. He can be a hassle and a pain. He is the type of jerk that you want to throw frying pans at and stab with a million pencils. Yup...I swear, I am not a psychopath. That's why I like to hate him. He is full of character. Nic was just a friend that I am looking for. He is seriously a friend you can count on and make you happy. The relationship between Nic and Cleo is...just AWESOME! There is no I-loved-you-since-forever-but-I-secretly-hid-it kind of thing. They are just amazing friends! (Kind of jelly right here :3). Magnus has, well, I won't say depth, but there is something about him that makes me intrigued. The romance for him is sweet, tender, and soft. Like a delicate flower petal, it gently brushes the readers' hearts, well at least for me it did. But other characters such as Jonas brought unspeakable emotions to me. My heart wanted to burst in sorrow. Morgan seemed to transform simple words into threads of magic that pulled at my emotions. Oh Paelsia, how I cry for you. Alexius had me intrigued and my heart beating from the moment I was introduced to him. There are way too many characters to discuss separately (it might just bore you to death), but each had their uniqueness, their magic, their soul. This book really reminded me why I love YA/MG fantasy. *sigh* :) I would recommend this to YA high fantasy lovers. If you enjoy the Storm Glass, Graceling, a clean version of Game of Throne etc., you will love this. :) But I guess the reason why this book is not a 5/5 is that it didn't have that something that made it FLAILS-worthy. It didn't make me go crazy, running around the house screaming or shoving the book in my family's faces. It didn't have that spark of something that made me give this a perfect score. It wasn't "perfect" but it didn't deserve a 4.5, so therefore 4.75. Ashley's Bits and Pieces Love how there were a list of characters and their role at the front of the book. I find a lot of the time with high or epic fantasy that I lose track of people. This book had a lot of characters and this simple addition made it a lot easier on me. I just want to give my thanks to it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic high fantasy with a variety of compelling and distinct narrators. A cleaner, younger alternative to Game of Thrones that will nevertheless entice readers of both YA and adult fantasy. I adored this book and cannot wait for the sequel! Fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rhodes sure knows what shes doing. She left everyone on the edge of their seats begging for more.
Armori More than 1 year ago
One word that comes to mind after I read this book is: sonder. —(noun) the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Ever heard the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover"? I picked up this book expecting something like Assassin's Creed. It's not. But I wasn't disappointed with the story and actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. This is the type of book for those who enjoy fantasy/medieval stories, like the Chronicles of Narnia and Game of Thrones, to name a few. I certainly enjoyed it. What I liked about the story and the multiple perspectives it was written in, was that it was pretty difficult for me to solidly side with someone. Like, at one chapter I feel sympathy for a character because of his loss, then later on in the book I dislike that same character because of his thoughts/actions. I believe this proves what one of the characters said to another, "What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic." Everyone has their own side to the story, and you realize that no single person is completely good or completely bad. They have their own reasons to everything, and as good or bad you think their life is, they are most likely going through a lot in their life. I have received my own share of conflicted and mixed feelings for these characters, but the book overall is an amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It starts out a little slow but by the time you finish the book you are on the edge of your seat and feel the great need to have the next book. It is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a story with romance, war, struggles of power, and political conflict. This truly a very good book I would share with everyone willing to read and enjoy it to its fullest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Can't wait to read the next one.
Cyn_Ayala23 7 months ago
Falling Kingdoms has drawn a comparison to Game of Thrones. And if you pick up this series based on that alone well I have a few words for you: you will not be disappointed. There is a complexity similar to the aforementioned novel regarding the world building of the story. There is one land with three kingdoms within it, three kingdoms that want to rule over everything. Sound familiar? I hope it does. But anyway, you have a story where the land is in turmoil, where being bloodthirsty is part of growing up and magic was a long-lost ability thought to be a fable. There’s a richness to the story even though it doesn’t appear to be a fresh one. There is a certain lack of creativity and freshness about the story, but the talent of the storytelling itself, the narratives and world-building, they keep the reader entertained and hooked. The story offers up a complex narrative where the story goes between various characters all of which have such different lives and voices. There are no purely good characters in this novel, nothing is black or white for the main characters as they each strove to make the world better for the people around them. It doesn’t excuse their actions but it makes them three-dimensional characters, they have depth and strength to them. And that’s what the story focuses on. We have characters who the reader gets to know. Their richness keeps the story going, who they are, their secrets, their hate, their passions, all of those aspects make the characters unique and powerful to follow on this adventure. Moreover, the story itself is a focused one. The author had an idea and she created such pivotal moments to see the story unfold in a captivating and easy to follow way. If Game of Thrones is too complex this novel offers up an easier to follow version of it. It doesn’t give everyone their own perspective, only the important people, giving the story a solid definition, without losing the reader. It has a beginning, middle, and end, all of which flow together effortlessly. Rhodes uses those classic fantasy tropes to set up her story, but she still manages to steer clear of clichés while working those tropes in her own imaginative way. At the end of the day, this novel will leave the reader eager to see what the hell is going to happen next. And that’s a good thing.
DarkXQu33n379 More than 1 year ago
I just started this series last week and i'm not even half way through the book and i can't seem to put it down. I love the fact i have the character list to reference too. Such a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book . The characters are likeable and sometimes detestable . It flounders a little in the middle but ends nicely beginning a new chapter .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terribly slow. Do not recommend. I couldnt even finish.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A YA fantasy teeming with magic with deception and betrayals at every turn “Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost.” This review is for the audio version. FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes is an action-packed fantasy that I've heard compares to a YA Game of Thrones. I've never read Game of Thrones, but know it is quite popular. I was motivated to read this series after winning FROZEN TIDES, the fourth book, in a contest. Since I enjoy audio books so much and since my library had it available, I elected to listen to the first book in the series. Just as a quick primer on the main characters: The story is told in multiple third person point of view. The main four characters are Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia. Cleo is the princess of Auranos, the richest, most powerful of the kingdoms. Jonas is from Paelsia, the poorest of the kingdoms. Magnus and Lucia are a brother and sister from Limeros, the middle ground kingdom. There are many more characters, but, if you focus on these four key players, the others will fall in line. In hindsight, I would not choose to listen to this book. It was difficult to get into as the story is so complex. Settings continually switch and there's a plethora of characters to become acquainted with. It's even more chaotic in audio as it's difficult to go back and re-listen which I had to do multiple times as the story's set-up was confusing. This was the first time I've ever listened to Fred Berman. He has a clear voice, but I could not discern from his voice who was speaking. Also, his accents changed for the same characters which made it even more difficult to follow via audio. He would voice one character with an accent and a few minutes later, the same character would not have an accent. I thought I may have been mistaken, but on a few of my many re-listens, it was crystal clear that he didn't voice the same characters the same way. I was not a fan of his narration of this book for that reason. I would not be against trying his performance in another book series as I liked his voice, but I'm through with listening to him with this series. This book is teeming with magic. Betrayals and deception are commonplace in every kingdom. I was shocked more than once by having characters that I liked, cruelly taken out. I even cried over one in particular. I also cheered when , vice versa, characters I didn't care for met their ends. Obviously, a lot of characters from this book will not be continuing to the next. I hope that the deaths abate a bit as, at this rate, there won't be any characters left to cheer for. There's some characters that I don't have a good feeling as to whether they are dark or light. I am excited to continue the fantasy in ebook form and would encourage anyone starting the series to read it and not listen to it. I hope future installments aren't as heartbreaking as the first book. I have to go with my rating for the audio since that's the way I elected to read it. I do feel, however, in retrospect, that my rating would have been higher if I'd not elected to listen to it. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses
PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
First of all, that first line is super captivating. "She'd never killed before tonight." I was super excited to read this because I hear wonderful things and this is one of the series I want to catch up-to this year. I did come into this with some expectations but not that many. Falling Kingdoms actually starts with a prologue which I enjoyed a lot. In the first 15 pages or so, three people already die. Starting off with this much adventure really captured my attention. Looking back, it's kind of crazy how this all started off with one event-- one death. To be honest, I couldn't really tell who the enemy is because each kingdom and character has their own demons. It's choosing the lesser of the two (in this case, three) evils. One king shuts everyone out and hoards the goodness, one is the King of Blood, and the other king/leader/chief is a fraud. Even the characters from each of their kingdoms had their own demons. Jonas-- Bloodthirsty and a tad annoying. Cleo-- A bit narrow-minded, does thing on impulse, goes through way more loss than one expects. Magnus-- Feels he needs to live up to his father's reputation even though he knows that's not who he is. Lucia-- Not much about her in this book. Has a secret that can kill... and it does. For side characters, my favorite is Theon. But out of these four, I'd say Cleo. Though, I heavily appreciate how complicated Magnus' character is. He's different and there is more to him than I expected. The magic system is pretty simple; it's elemental magic, which is my favorite. There are some twists, such as the addition of The Watchers who are immortals that watch over them in their own kingdom called The Sanctuary. There is also The Kindred, which are kind of like four stones, each pertaining to each of the elements. There's more, but you just have to read it ;). I had some minor problems with Falling Kingdoms. My biggest problem was how many characters, POVs, and places there are! Though I agree that the multiple POVs helped advance the plot and they were necessary in the long-run, it was overwhelming. It was hard remembering every character. There is actually a scene where all the kings/leaders meet up and it was incredibly difficult to differentiate all the leaders. The other thing that really bothered me is the relationship between Lucia and Magnus. I don't want to get into it too much since this is meant to be non-spoilery but if you go on the discussion, you can see how I felt about it there. I do wish that the four characters were more intertwined. Not all of them meet one-on-one and there is no point where all of them meet at the same time. It took me the full two weeks to read Falling Kingdoms. But without schoolwork and all that, I think I could've finished this in three days. In other words... This was a fairly good start to the series and I feel that there is a lot of room and opportunity to grow. Because of this, I will continue with the series and hopefully it will be better! How much do I recommend it? It's pretty cheap on Amazon right now so I'd say give it a go!
anythingnovel More than 1 year ago
This was a really well-written fantasy. I was concerned when first starting it because their is a large cast of primary and secondary characters and was worried that I would get bogged down in keeping everyone straight and not be able to pay much attention to the plot. However, Rhodes does a phenomenal job of giving each character a very unique set of characteristics that painted a clear picture of them in my mind. Falling Kingdoms had really great character development in this novel alone and it makes me very excited to see how these characters will be changed even more in future books. A great example of this was Prince Magnus. In the beginning of the novel, he was a favorite character of mine. He had a really heart breaking childhood and although he worked hard to appear indifferent about his father and his discontent, it was clear that he was affected. But because of very believable events and the more negative aspects of Magnus’ character he becomes less appealing as the novel moves forward. He is an example of the complexity of people and the effect nature can have on them. Rhodes captures this in all of the characters really well. I am excited to continue this series, and find out the future for Mytica.
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passionreader More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a new book series for my teen son and went on youtube for book recommendation and this book kept being brought up so I bought it. When he saw the book he was excited, turns out he had a friend reading the series, my curiosity was sparked so I read it. I was surprised how intents this book is, as a mom all the characters were hard for me to like at first, but I had to remind myself that teens at the age of 16-17 was acting and being treated as adults in the medieval times. I am the kind of person that could tell who might die or who will end up with who, but in this book you never know what's going to happen. Falling Kingdom drove me mad with so many character and such an intense story, but you just can't put it down! I ordered the rest of the series right away, so if you are planning on trying the first book remember to order all of them at once or you will be like me and desperate on reading the others. To all the mom's with teens please wait until your teen is at least 14 before handing this book over, parents should take more of an interest in books your kids like you will be surprised what things you and your kids will talk about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book left me feeling all different kinds of emotions, between sad, happy, swooning, and devistated. Rhodes really knows how to capture an audience with her words and so worth continuing on with the series to find out what happens next
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Well written, but I just don't think the story is exactly my cup of tea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An addicting series 
Aaron2 More than 1 year ago
A must read