Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

falling kingdomsPrincess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.

The King of Limeros’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day. (Amazon)

I’ve read more fantasy books this month than I read last year (third one read this month). I didn’t know how to put this story into words, so I had to use the summary from Amazon. The story is very, very complex, but it’s a joy to read. 

The characters are well developed. Every character in this book is haunted by something. No one is safe! The whole time I was reading this book I was thinking about who is the most trustworthy character and I couldn’t give an answer. So many secrets. So many motives. Unbelievable!

What turned me off about this book was the story building in the beginning. The author gives you a lot of information on the conflicting kingdoms and what put them in their current position. I felt like I was reading a history book for the first couple of chapters. Once she gives you the background information, the story takes off from there and you’ll love it. However, there was an event that took place at the beginning as well that made me want to continue reading and I’m glad I did.

I recommend this book! I know many people don’t know about this trilogy/series and it’s such a shame. I plan to read the second book very soon.

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

  1. cheescakefactory says:

    The story sounds great, I will have to add it to my list. I’ve recently finished reading ‘The Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ which I really enjoyed but haven’t got round to the second book yet. The list of books I want to read is getting ever longer- when will I find the time. 🙂

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