Falling Kingdoms by: Morgan Rhodes

Summary (via Goodreads): 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

My Thoughts: When I first heard about the book, it was described by my friends as a YA Game of Thrones, which kinda turned me off, because I didn’t want to read a sanitized version of Game of Thrones. The book kinda surprised me on how good the story was, even though I felt the conflict was started in a convoluted way. Even though it is not at the level of Game of Thrones, it was still a very good book.

Let me describe the lead characters, first is Cleo; who is the princess of one of the ruling kingdoms. At first she starts off as the pampered princess but by the end she changes. Jonas starts off as the bad boy rebel trying to hate the world because he grew up in poverty but also changes. Lucia is what I like to describe as Davina from the Originals with the powers of the Avatar, while she doesn’t have a lot in terms of development she does in future books, and Magnus; who I like to describe as a dark prince, trying to break from his King father and not really knowing his true allegiance.

I think this was a very solid first book, while it takes a while for the plot to really start moving forward, mainly because it is mostly focusing on world building in which a lot of fantasy books has to do. I enjoyed the book as much as I thought I would and was excited to see what happens next.

Grade: 3.7/5


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