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Falling Kingdoms Hardcover – December 11, 2012
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The story focuses on three kingdoms: Auranos, Paelsia and Simeros. The kingdoms managed to co-exist in peace for many years, but when a wine maker's son is killed by a lord from another kingdom, the established peace is threatening to crumble. There is a war brewing and four seemingly unrelated young people find themselves caught in the middle of it.
Impressive world building, thorough character development, intrigue, magic, action, romance... Falling Kingdoms has all that and more! At more than 400 pages, it's not what you'd call a short book, but Rhodes' sharp and concise prose makes it all-too easy to lose yourself in the story and forget the real world for a day or two. With her skilled storytelling, she created a world that is mystical, but believable nevertheless. A visually breathtaking, emotionally stimulating, intensely gripping page-turner of a book!
As I mentioned before, each chapter of the book concentrated on a third-person point of view of a different character. I thought the third-person narrative provided a good (objective) look at all sides of the conflict, though at times I wished the story was told in a more personal first-person narrative instead.Read more ›
I love fat, bloated fantasy that is grandiose and full of melodrama. Gimme secret children, incest, betrayal, political intrigue, loving descriptions of servant number five's uniform any day of the week.
Thus, I expected to love FALLING KINGDOMS. As you've probably discerned by now, I didn't. One of the big problems for me was the structure. The book cycles through several points of view - at least five - which isn't inherently bad, but I never really connected with any of the narrators. They're living in a crappy world that forces them to make tough decisions, but I wasn't feeling their anguish. These are teenagers who are instrumental in pushing their countries from peace to the brink of war! And yet, they all felt like small people. They were all sort of mopey in the same way, aside from Jonas, who was also righteously angry.
FALLING KINGDOMS also felt oh-so-predictable. Morgan Rhodes is obviously taking more after the model of Martin than Jordan, but part of what makes A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones so much fun is when it subverts genre expectations. Look, as I pointed out in my intro, I love the tropes and style of high fantasy. But FALLING KINGDOMS didn't seem like it was having fun with them. It just sort of lurched through unhappy set pieces. All the grimdarkness and angst beat me down.
I have high expectations for the titles Penguin Teen names as Breathless Reads. I've enjoyed almost all of them, even when I didn't expect too. FALLING KINGDOMS didn't even come close to leaving me breathless.Read more ›
Princess Cleo is part of the Southern Kingdom called Auranos. She is the second daughter and not supposed to be next in line, but her sister is deathly ill and Cleo is desperate to find her help. 16 year old Cleo is engaged to Lord Aron, an eighteen year old scoundrel who is using a secret he holds against Cleo to keep her at his side. Cleo is determined not to marry him, especially after he kills a winemaker in a neighboring kingdom in cold blood. Cleo starts off as a stubborn, willful child, but, by the end of the book, she has suffered and grown into a determined woman.
The young winemaker Tomas is from the Middle Kingdom called Paelsia and he attacked Lord Aron when Aron tried to swindle his father into selling him cases of wine too cheaply. Lord Aron stuck Tomas in the throat with a knife, killing him in front of his family and on his sister's wedding day. Tomas's brother Jonas swore vengeance, especially on Princess Cleo who stood by and let it happen. When the religious leader of the land, Hugo Basilius heard of the murder, he traveled to the neighboring kingdom of Limeros to visit the king Gaius and plan an attack on Auranos in retaliation.
Magnus Damora is the prince of Limeros and is searching for his place in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was just... okay. The author sets it up nicely to be a big fantasy saga, but its execution is pretty generic. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
The overall plot line is ok, but the writing leaves much to be desired. We're reminded over and over again which characters don't like each other and why, to the point where it... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Citymouse
This was AMAZING! This book was a well-written,exciting book full of twists and turns! I recomend this book for any fantasy lover,or if your trying to get into fantasy.Published 6 days ago by Ann Vann
There is no question about falling kingdoms is my faviorte book series ever. Its well written and has every thinga YA fantasy book should have. Read morePublished 7 days ago by CD
Yes!!! I loved it! I am a sparse user of exclamation points, but !!!!
It took me a long time to find this book, partly bc I read the companion, A Book of Spirits &... Read more
This is a very interesting start to the series and I'm sure it will get better as the series continues. Read morePublished 12 days ago by ninaluvzbooks
Everything. This book, this series, is freaking amazing. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!Published 16 days ago by Jessica
I struggle with the fantasy genre, but when this book was recommended to me by a favorite author I knew I had to at least give it a shot. Happily, I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Misha
I can see why so many people are gushing over this series, but it was just not for me. I did find one of the main characters Cleo to be rather irritating to read from. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer