Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Posted by Caitie F on May 10, 2013
Summary from pub:
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?
This book has been called the Game of Thrones for teens. As someone who has read and (mostly) loved that series, I can say I agree…to some extent. First of all, it isn’t just for teens. The only things that makes this young adult is the characters ages and the lack of explicit sex. It does not read as a young adult book and is something all fans of high fantasy can enjoy.
The world is also not as richly imagined in this book, but it is different than other fantasy worlds.The three lands are as different as can be and these differences can be seen in how the young adults live and act around others. It is fascinating to see their differences, and more importantly their similarities. These similarities is what can give the reader some hope at the end of the book.
The story isn’t necessarily all that unique, but it is written in a way that makes it feel fresh, mostly due to the various voices throughout the book. Seeing from all the perspectives really shows how people fail to imagine others complexly and why the lines of communication break down.
This was a very good book and if you like high fantasy, you should read it. But be prepared – like George R. R. Martin, Morgan Rhodes will kill your favorite character that you thought would be centrally to the entire series. And you may cry. Or throw the book down in anger. I look forward to Rebel Spring which comes out in December 2013.