Jan 20, 2013

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes Review + Giveaway

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
(Falling Kingdoms, #1)
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill; 412 pages
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword. . . .

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?


It's not too often that I pick up a book and enjoy it from start to finish.  But Falling Kingdoms was definitely an amazing read from the very beginning.  I was lucky enough to pick this book up at San Diego Comic Con back in July 2012.  I can't tell you how angry I am at myself that I let this book sit on my book shelf for so long.  Because I truly loved every minute I spent reading this book.

Falling Kingdoms is a story about 3 kingdoms that were once united, Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia.  Auranos is the wealthiest of the lands, Limeros is moderately wealthy, and Paelsia is the poorest.  After a tragic event that happens early on in the story, the three kingdoms who normally do not have much contact with each other are bound to now cross paths.  As a reader you are treated to reading different points of views of four characters.  Cleo a princess from Auranos, Jonas a strong but poor boy from Paelsia, and Lucia and Magnus prince and princess siblings from Limeros.

I enjoyed reading the different povs from each character.  Each of the four leads are so different that it makes for such an interesting read.  You would think that this would be confusing.  But surprisingly I really wasn't confused because it was all the connected to the same plot.  This event early on caused a ripple in their lives that slowly put them on similar paths.

My favorite character was definitely Cleo.  Cleo was named after one of the two Goddess from a long time ago.  Cleo is fiery and assertive, and will not take no for an answer.  Yes there were times in which she was a little bratty, but as a reader you are reminded that she is only 16 years old.  Cleo fights for what she believes in, and will do anything to protect those she loves, even if it cost her her own life in return.  I found myself rooting for her during many scenes while reading.

I do admit that it was a little difficult reading one of the characters point of views.  I feel that as a reader we watched this character spiral out of control.  There were times in which it was truly painful to see the change in the person.  At one point there was even a time in which I wanted to individual to die after a certain event.

There were so many emotions running through me as I read this book.  There were times in which I was happy, I was sad, and others that were just painfully gutwrenching.  But that's what makes a good book.  I love the story telling of this series, and I can't wait to read the next one.



 
 
 



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33 comments:

  1. I'm super excited for Scarlet :D

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    1. Me too! I can't wait for it. Not too much longer, thankfully! :D

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  2. I'm absolutely dying to read Shards and Ashes, the anthology by some fantastic YA authors. I don't feel like I can wait an entire month for it . . .

    Lust For Stories

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    1. I'm excited for this one, as well! It's got so many great authors and I think it's going to be great! (Or at least, I'm hoping it'll be great)

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  3. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I'm dying to read this book :)

    I'm really looking forward to the newest releases by Kim Harrison and Patricia Briggs.

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    1. I'm excited for this & dreading it at the same time. Oh, I'm going to need an entire box of tissues...I just know it!

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  5. I'm really looking forward to Sever by Lauren DeStefano! It comes out in February. Great review and thanks for the giveaway, I really want to read this book. :)

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    1. I'm excited for this, as well! Especially with how Fever ended! Oh, the end is almost here!

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  6. Star Cursed!<3 I think it's already out, but either way, it sounds so good! cant wait to get my hands on it! thank you for the giveaway :)

    Diana

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    1. Star Cursed is out in June, which is way too far away but yes, I can't wait for it! Born Wicked was brilliant!

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    1. Splintered was really good, definitely recommend it. The Archived is one I've been eager to read & I can't wait to buy it!

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  8. Asunder!!! I am really looking forward and can't wait to get my hands on this book I think it comes out next week I just can't wait to get it thanks for the givaway:)

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    1. Indeed it does! January 29! It's great. Even better than the first book, I'd say. :D

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  9. Splintered!! totally!! And Scarlet the sequel to Cinder.
    Ashley A

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    1. Splintered was great and I'm dying for Scarlet. It's almost here & I can't wait!

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    1. Agreed! I can't wait for this book & it seems like a lot of the comments agree!

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  11. I'm looking forward to The Indigo Spell By Richelle Mead

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    1. I just got Bloodlines and I can't wait to start reading it. Really loved Vampire Academy & I've heard good things about this spinoff series! :D

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    1. Ooooooh! LOVED this book! Definitely my favorite book I've read this year, so far!

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  13. Patrictia Briggs new book..love the Mercy Thompson series

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  14. Really want to read Asunder!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  15. I am really looking forward to reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab, in fact just bought it the other day :)

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  16. I'm looking forward to Splintered and Frost Burned.

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  17. I'm looking forward to Black City by Christina Henry.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  18. Splintered by A.G. Howard and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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