Aug 2, 2013

Book Review: Falling Kingdoms

Title: Falling Kingdoms
Series: Falling Kingdoms, #1
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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?

My Thoughts

I kind of devoured this book. I was a bit skeptical at first with all the names and the cover. But never ever judge a book by its cover, as what they said.
This book got multiple POVs and from my experience with multiple POVs, I ended up getting so confused. But with this, I enjoyed it. The POV in third person probably is the reason. The world and the places in it are interesting and well-written. I had to remember who’s living in what. Plot’s good but the characters? Some characters are badass while some are just plain, for me. I love Cleo and Jonas as individuals. Even Brion. But Magnus and Lucia.. I don’t want to start. I like Lucia but that’s it. As for Magnus, I’m angry at him. Angry for what he did to Theon and I’m not very fond of him.
I got a minor issue with this book: Jonas has less screen time.
He’s got an interesting POV but at times when I’m reading the book, I would expect his POV in the next chapter then my expectations just died down. Though he’s full of vengeance but who wouldn’t? If I’m in his place I’d also like to seek justice for what happened to my brother. Although it wouldn’t be like Jonas’ way but still.. And I think meeting Cleo somehow changed something inside him..a bit. She’s not what he expected and it was fun reading their interaction even if only for a while. He really needs more chapters for his POV. There’s more Magnus but I want to skip his POVs but then I had to read to understand the whole story, and I had to keep my eyes from rolling.
Excited for the next book! December please hurry up! I hope more character development and more Jonas. MORE JONAS.

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