Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms (Book 1)
Paperback: 412 pages
Publisher: Razorbill ; I edition (December 11th 2012)
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 realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
What I thought: Oh man, did book hooked me and did not let me go. It was a little disorienting at first with so many characters, but once I got the rhythm of the story, I couldn’t put it down!
I read the whole series in about a week. By the end it started turning a tad too much like a soap opera, but as a latina – that didn’t stop me. GIVE. ME. THE. MELODRAMA! My favorite characters were Cleo and Magnus – and I could have read the whole series even if it was just down to the two of them. They are definitely on my top list of favorite literary couples.
The Quote: Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.
Why I chose it: I really love Cleo – life throws so much at her and yet she is still able to stand tall with grace and poise and look her enemies straight in the eyes without fear. Despite the fact that she’s truly terrified.
About the Author:
Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.