Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: "Falling Kingdoms" (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from 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 realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

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I'd be an idiot if I wouldn't admit that I really, really enjoyed this book! It's like reading "Game of Thrones" minus all the gore, death and...the rest.

"Falling kingdoms" transports the reader into the world of Mytica an island surrounded by the Silver Sea, where magic has almost disappeared and two kingdoms will unite against the third. It's curious how the actions of one brought the disaster I read on this book, not to mention that it reminded me the "butterfly phenomenon"; where it is said that the movement of a butterfly's wings can cause a typhon in the other side of the world.

 I had absolutely no problem with the POVs. I like the use of third POV in high fantsy novels, since the MC can show more than the 1st POV. Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, Lucia and the rest of the characters become interwined with each other although I think that the first book was more about Cleo.

                                                     Too much drama for her.

I hope also to read more about the Watchers, these immortal beings who like to spy through golden hawks (which is really cool!). I will surely continue reading the rest of the series, since I want to catch up with Morgan's latest release "A Book of Spirits and Thieves"!

About the author:

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess -- the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.