Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms reviewFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill

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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)

To say I was excited to start this series is an understatement. I went for months and months before I finally tracked down the first three books all in hardcover. I’ve been hearing nothing but praise and gush after gush about how wonderful this world is, how great the characters are, and how I need to read it ASAP. So I finally picked this up and overall I was disappointed. It pains me how much I didn’t instantly love this book. The book itself is incredible and the map and character lists get a thumbs up from me. The prologue was very interesting and fooled me into thinking this was going to be just as good as everyone has been saying it is. Very shortly after the prologue I was confused with all the characters and the world building combined. Basically we’re in a world that is divided into three kingdoms and each one is geographically different and politically different. Each kingdom also has it’s own set of characters and just as you’re settling in to one of the kingdoms you’re ripped away and thrown into the next (over and over again). I also couldn’t love any character because as soon as I started warming up to them and having a connection – they died. I was not prepared for so much death of main characters in the first book. I’m intrigued if the series gets better and I do have the next two books sitting patiently for me on my shelves, but I am oddly in no hurry to pick them up (sad….).  There is a lot going on in Falling Kingdoms and I’m not saying it was horrible. The writing itself was on point, although clouded with too many plot lines, characters, world building, and conflicts. I hope I can jump into Rebel Spring before too long and begin making connections as it seems others have.

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