Author: Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms Book #1
Edition Read: Hardcover
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reined 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?
MY OVERVIEW: Where's the next page???? Where's the next page!!!!! Aaaaa. : ) Talk about a cliff hanger. Wow, the author has no problem killing off characters quickly. I think sometimes it was good, and other times it was bad. Just as you got to like someone... oh wait, they're dead!
PROS: I really like how you can see Cleo change through the book. All the experiences she has really make her a better and stronger person. I also enjoyed how the magic was broken into the 4 elements, and how witches didn't have all of them... only sorcerers'/sorceress' did.
CONS: All the jumping back and forth between kingdoms and characters was confusing for the first half of the book. It was a lot of backstory that didn't flow together until about halfway through. Then you could see where everything came together and fit while still being different. I also didn't like the fact that the Kindred weren't fully explained until towards the end of the book. They are mentioned a lot and I had no idea what they really were and what they did.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I can't wait to read the next book. I am most excited to see what happens to Cleo and Lucia. I am hoping we learn who Lucia's birth parents are in the next book.