Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Review

12954620Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Paperback  
Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
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....

 Falling Kingdoms follow three different characters in three different parts of Mythic. You have Cleo, the princess from wealthy Auranos, that witnesses a terrible murder in a poorer kingdom of Paelsia. Now Jonas, the brother of the boy murdered, will stop at nothing to see his revenge. All the while Magnus, prince of Limeros, longs for his sister in a way a brother shouldn't. While Cleo has to go back Paelsia  to seek help for her ill sister Limeros and Paelsia come together to take over Auranos. And when they capture Cleo they plan on using her as a bargaining chip.

I enjoyed this story as a whole. I loved the characters and how the story was written well enough that it wove their story lines together, eventually. Now this book is often compared to Game of Thrones. Where I haven't read the books, I have watched the tv series. I do see similarties, such as characters and situations, the story is different all together. And even the characters have their own uniquness about them. So I would say I don't agree with the people bashing it for ripping GoTs off, because she really different. Magnus was my favorite character, by far.

Like I said, the story was told in three different point of views. There is a problem I have with most books like this and that is we don't get the full story of any of our characters. For example, in this book, we are given two characters with no hint of anything romantic. Then all of a sudden he kisses her and they are in love and I am left wondering when all this happened. There are also, I feel, some unnecessary deaths in this book. I felt that, at least one, were done purely for the shock factor. It wasn't needed to move the story along, it was just to shock the reader. There is also a moment where Cleo has something that would help save a person dying and doesn't use it, it actually isn't mentioned again, and I felt that didn't make any sense. And this one might not count as a legit complaint, but I strongly ship one pair that I already know isn't going anywhere. Again, not really a complaint, but it is frustrating. Draco and Hermione all over again!

Overall I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good story of YA fantasy.

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