Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

“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….”

-Synopsis on Goodreads

Hi guys! Allison here! It was my turn to read Falling Kingdoms and I can tell you that I loved it!

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.”
Stars (Out of 10): 8
Overall Thoughts: When I first heard about this book, I knew it was the type of book for me: multiple characters in a fantasy world full of political intrigue and the characters all being on different sides? Sign me up. Turns out, I was right to get hyped about it. I fell in love with this book while reading it.
 Spoilers begin below

The Good: The characters each have their pros and cons, making you fall in love with them. The plot is very interesting and very unique. The world building is very detailed and done in a way where the audience can really understand what is going on.
The Bad: Having 39 chapters split between over four point of view characters can make one detached from certain aspects story. For example, I was not sold on Theon and Cleo’s love because I never saw that one or two months they had as princess and guard. Instead, I got time skips that may have moved the plot along, but took away from their love story. Furthermore, some of the plot twists were very predictable, such as a certain character’s death.
The Characters: There is a character for everyone. Those who love the angsty hero with a troubled past will find their chosen one in Jonas. If you’re a fan of the cold, distant, snarky character, you’ll love Magnus. If you love the character who goes from weak to powerful in seconds flat, Lucia is the one for you. Last, but not least, if you’re like me, you’ll find your favorite character in the one that goes through rapid character development, though never stops being strong, Cleo.
The Plot: The plot is just in its beginning stages in this book. While there is the book plot, you can already see the overarching series plot making its way through the narrative. For this, I really loved the book.
The World Building: The world building allows one to get a greater sense of the world of Mytica. We know enough to get through the story, but not enough to spoil future plot instances.
The Stereotypical Tropes: The Chosen One, a Prophecy, “No One is Safe”
The Favorite Character: Cleo
Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy It


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