Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms

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War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.

Princess 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.
Publisher: New York : Razorbill, c2012
ISBN: 9781101590768
1101590769
Characteristics: 1 online resource (412 pages) : map

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heavenne
May 05, 2018

I rather enjoyed this one. Somewhat. The characters are really what drives this book (some of them that is) and while the plot moves at a medium pace, it’s understandable as this introduces you to the setting, the characters and what’s in store for us as readers.

World building is straight forward and there’s a handy guide in the beginning so you can figure out who is who and from which Kingdom (there are three). It pretty much centralizes on a small group that are central to the main plot and it’s easy to figure out who is who as you quickly start developing favorites :)

The latter third of the book gets really interesting. I’m only hoping there’s going to be a good outcome for everyone and I really hope Cleo’s character improves because she’s really what could make or break my desire to continue onto this series (she's annoying as heck). Sometimes it takes that one character to ruin it all. That being said, I think it’s off to a great start and I’m ready for some more! Great for those into YA fantasy.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 23, 2018

Princess is misunderstood, gets her heart broken, but still has a heart of gold. Prince is misunderstood, gets his heart broken, and becomes a jerk. The people in the middle continue to get trampled. Okay, maybe that's a slight oversimplification.

The pacing of this novel was terrific. Rhodes started us right out with betrayal and murder and didn't let up until the end. The world building was excellent. Magic is forbidden and as its users diminish in numbers (from being killed when found), it appears to be killing the world they live in as well. Rhodes builds up a good backstory that explains the origins of the magic, the religions of the kingdoms, and what the ultimate quest will be.

I have to take a star off for just ending the book. I know that these big series are all the rage, but I like my books to stand on their own, not be cliffhangers. If Rowling, Martin and Tolkien could do it, so can you.

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humbleworm
Oct 22, 2017

I gave up on p63, but read a couple more pages from the middle and end in case it improved; it didn't. Over-acting cliché characters with nothing strikingly original and seriously no comparison to the Game of Thrones novels. If you won't read those, try The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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RebelBelle13
Jul 20, 2017

This was sold to me as Game of Thrones Lite- and that seems to be exactly what it is. I haven't watched the GOT TV show, and don't plan on it- too violent for me. I also don't plan on reading the books. They are way too dense and too long for me invest myself in. This, on the other hand, lets me sort of dip into that kind of world without investing myself in thousands of pages where dozens of people that I've become attached to die. If you are a fan of GOT, you should know going into Falling Kingdoms that it's rather similar (so I've heard from those who have read both). This was a smooth, fast read for me. I enjoyed the perspectives from the four main characters, and their journey of coming together. I found I disliked many more characters than I actually liked. Cleo was annoying and wooden, Althea was useless, Basilius was a con-artist and faker, Aron was a drunk asshole, Jonas a completely misguided youth, Emilia a plot device, Lucia clueless and Gaius was pure evil. The only two characters I liked were Magnus and another character who was killed (I won't give his name away because spoilers). I feel as if I liked the story enough to continue, even though I hear the next one is the worst in the series. Bring it on.

Beatricksy Nov 26, 2016

Dripping with cliches and purple prose, this is one of those convoluted fantasy novels that wishes it was Game of Thrones for teens, but just isn't. On paper it seems like the perfect comparison: it has a ridiculously gigantic cast of characters, the squicky incest and temptresses, and the buckets of blood and killing of major characters, and a little bit of magic in a game of medieval politics. But it lacks heart. It feels limp and old. I get why some people probably would devour this thing, especially its sequels, but it was a slog of angsty nonsense with cardboard characters cobbled out of the Fantasy Novel Scraps box. Disappointing.

MelifluousView Oct 07, 2016

I kept looking for a character that I liked, but no one emerged. I was glad when I finally got to the end.

mvkramer Jul 06, 2016

Couldn't get through the first chapter - the writing style just grated on me, and I knew I wouldn't enjoy it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 13, 2016

Falling Kingdoms written by Morgan Rhodes is one of the best fantasy genre novels I have read. If you are interested in the whole princess and prince idea but with the idea of corrupt kingdoms, then I highly suggest you read this book. First of all, her characters are unique and different, especially her main character, Cleo, a princess who will fight for what she wants and is not afraid to break a nail. They are not your typical characters that everyone in the book seems to admire and care about. Secondly, the plot is amazing. There are so many things going on which makes the book very unpredictable. Throughout the book I was constantly wondering what was going to happen and I was always on the edge of my seat.
Throughout all of this there were certain things I did not like. Even with its interesting plot there were few moments where the story dragged on to a point where it was unnecessary. But in the end I enjoyed this story very much and I cannot wait to read the second one, Rebel Spring. Overall out of five stars I give it a four.
- @Aweesha_Says of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

kirstd31 Feb 18, 2016

I loved this book. Its filled with magic, suspense, and war. The story is filled with twists till the last page. Reminds me a little of Game of Thrones.

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red_cobra_341
Sep 30, 2015

Although the basic idea is interesting enough, the story, worldbuilding, and characters are clumsily written.

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whdn
May 20, 2013

Violence: contains intense scenes of violence that make the book totally worth reading yes!

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whdn
May 20, 2013

Sexual Content: oooh! no u did not just say that! girrrrrrrrlllllllllllllllllllllll! shame on you!

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whdn
May 20, 2013

Coarse Language: oh you mean like the fact that I swore in church and got forever banned but now I just write swears on paper and hold them up to the windows while everyone is praying and make the few people who decide not to pray, laugh in the middle of it all? like that? no there wasn't much of that at all...because I obviously seem like SUCH a trustworthy person!

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whdn
May 20, 2013

Other: other? how rude! what happened to putting male and female there too?!

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whdn
May 20, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: yo mom in da shower...now that's pretty darn intense!

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