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Falling Kingdoms Book Review

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published on Dec. 11th, 2012

By Razorbill

Synopsis

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…(.GR)

My Thoughts

I have been trying to get around to reading this series since it first came out. I was lucky enough back in June to find the first 4 books at a thrift store, in brand new condition. Along with 7 other popular YA fiction hardcovers and I got them all for $2 a piece!!!! tumblr_mcm8caDyB11riiw1do1_500

Right now however I am having such a blast with my new baby boy that I haven’t wanted to pick up the book. Thanks to my Hoopla app I was able to listen to the this book on audio. I love audio books, don’t you? Especially when the narrator is amazing, like in Falling Kingdoms. Fred Berman is the narrator of this series and he is amazing. He has the capability of changing his voice for every character and that includes the women. Very talented man.

I really enjoyed this first book but I was intimidated by it at first. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I didn’t want to get my hopes up due to all the hype around this series. Boy, was I totally blown away. I loved the magic system in this story. It is Elemental magic meaning magic fueled by air, water, fire and earth. There is a prophecy of a child born with the ability of all 4 and will be known as a Sorcerer not just a witch.

Morgan Rhodes is now one of my favorite authors. Her writing style flows very well and it is filled with a lot of detail. I don’t mind the multiple POVs in this story because its such a huge country that it helps the story to see the situations through others. The characters are all very enjoyable to me, even the bad guys.

The situations that the main characters find themselves in are full of action and suspense. I never was quite sure what was going to happen to them at any given minute. Yes, there are some character deaths that you will not see coming. I have heard from BookTubers not to get attached to any characters because you never know who Morgan Rhodes has on the chopping block and they were right!

If you like YA high fantasy or just want to be whisked away to a land of action, romance, political intrigue, and magic, then check out this series. I am starting book 2, Rebel Spring, right now!

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June Wrap-Up

I can not believe how fast June went by. Anyone else feel that way too? It went by so fast that I kept saying that I haven’t read enough books. That I feel like I need to read more. That is not the case though. Without really knowing it I have either read or listened to 11 books. I was very surprised and then I was able to relax a little and not stress out about not reading all of the books I wanted to.

So here is the break down of June’s wrap up.

Audiobooks

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)

I haven’t finished Graceling yet but I will b the end of the day today!! Then my review will be up soon!!!

Graphic Novels/ Manga

Manga Classics: Les Misérables  Kith (The Good Neighbors, #2) Kind (The Good Neighbors, #3)

Novels 

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) Never Never (Never Never, #1)

  The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)

A Monster Calls

I do not think I will be making a July TBR but we will see. I tend not to stick to them but I know I am going to be doing a readathon for the first time  in July!!!