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    Posted by: Ember Blue Posted date: 8:28 AM / comment : 0

    Title:  Falling Kingdoms (#1)
    Author:  Morgan Rhodes
    Teaser:  “It’s the eve of war…  Choose your side.”
    Genre:  YA High Fantasy
    Number of pages:  412
    Released:  December 11th, 2012 by Razorbill
    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....
    -There are so many characters in this book, you would think that reader couldn’t keep up or connect with each one of them, but this isn’t a problem in Falling Kingdoms.  I had emotional connections to the characters, some pissing me off and others breaking my heart.
    -From this first book, you can already tell that the author isn’t scared to let bad things happen to the characters – including death.  Although this leads to my sadness and frustration, I actually love it.  I hate it when things are portrayed as ‘dangerous’ in a story, but yet nothing ever happens to any of the characters.
    -The world.  Well-built and creative.  Plus – MAP in the front.  I love books with maps.
    -Honestly, I can’t really think of any.  The characters, plot, and setting were all astounding.  Some may dislike the jumping from character to character in chapters, but I think it was done very well.  I never felt like one character got more attention than another.
    This story is high fantasy at its best.  If anyone wants an introduction into the genre, this would be a great one to start with.  The world was creative – with culture, setting with map, spirituality, and differences in class.  I absolutely loved to learn about the spirituality in the form of goddesses in this book.  I found myself wanting to know more.  Listening to the old woman’s story about how the two goddesses came to be was well-developed.  A lot of times when worlds are created like this I can’t help but notice all the ‘holes’ and ‘gaps’ and it drives me nuts.  Not in this book!
    The plot flew perfectly with surprises, heartbreaks, moments where I want to clap with excitement, and edge-of-your-seat moments where you wonder who is going to win.  There are a few particular parts in the books where I was truly surprised to what happened to particular characters.  Losing some of them that I was really drawn to broke my heart.  I was warned the book would do that before I started reading it! 
    The end of the book left the story at an ‘ending’ point, but also with a great cliff-hanger.  When deciding on continuing with a series, it feels like I keep reading but the ‘passion’ for the story isn’t there.  It’s more like a –shrug-, I guess I’ll keep reading.  This is a series I will –have- to go to the library for and keep reading.
    The romance in the story is perfect.  Why?  The author doesn’t give me what I want right away!  No insta-love in this book and (spoiler ahead) – the couples don’t just ‘get together’.  This is yet another cliffhanger at the end of the book.  It left me looking forward to reading more and more scenes with them.  I love it when an author can keep me drawn in and anticipating a romance between characters despite the fact that it takes a while to get them together.  The best part is – I get to ship more than one couple!
    Recommended to:
    -Those who LOVE MAPS at the beginning of books.
    -Those that enjoy the high-fantasy genre.
    -Those who can handle more than one character as the protagonist.
    Not Recommended to:
    -Those who hate having multiple protagonists.
    -Those who dislike jumping from character to character’s POV by chapter.
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