Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Falling Kingdoms

Title: Falling Kingdoms

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

 Cleo started out as a girl who got everything she wanted and didn't care about much else other than her own happiness. It takes the death of a stranger and her sister being on the brink of death to make her realize her responsibilities and her strength. 

I didn't understand Jonas' obsession with Cleo. Aron killed his brother, yet all Jonas can think about is get revenge on Cleo. He is one of the good guys, though; he wants to save his dying kingdom,  no matter what doing so entails. 

Magnus was not a favorite of mine. The author tried to make him a good guy who seemed like a bad guy; he pretended to be a ruthless warrior around his father, but in private he was much nicer. I would have liked to hate Magnus much more if he was completely evil. 

Lucia was magic prophecy girl. I think she could have been a really cool character, but there wasn't much to her aside from her magical powers. 

The author has no problem with killing off minor characters, so don't get too attached. That was actually something that I liked because in almost all YA books nowadays, characters manage to be pulled from certain death at the very last second. The switched point-of-view every chapter is cool during the battle because you're reading four different perspectives of it, both the offense and the defense. This is definitely one to make note of for high-fantasy fans. 

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