Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
My rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads summary: 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….
After having this book sitting patiently on my shelf for nearly a year, I decided it was high time I emerge from the rock which I’ve apparently been living under and find out what all the hype is about!
This novel is set in the magical land of Mytica, and follows the lives of Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus. Often I find that I am not a huge fan of multiple perspectives, but in the case of Falling Kingdoms I actually enjoyed reading each perspective immensely. Usually there’s one or two characters whom I don’t necessarily like that much, and when it comes to reading their chapters I sometimes lose interest a bit and try to speed-read my way through. Either I just can’t make a connection with certain characters or I actually really dislike them! But my goodness, the POVs and intertwining storylines in this book were just done SO well. The way Morgan Rhodes often followed one character’s perspective with that of their enemy’s was a brilliant way of making for no clear division between who might be good or evil. It made it easy to sympathize with each character and withhold some judgements I would have otherwise probably gotten caught up in.
My only real issue with this book was that I found it a little confusing at first. I struggled a bit to keep track of who’s who, but everything became much clearer as I read on so I really can’t justify lowering my rating based on this.
So if you are a fan of high fantasy or are looking to give the genre a shot, I would definitely recommend this book. With complex characters, a solid start to the world building for the series, elemental magic, and nothing too cliche to report, I’d say this is a very enjoyable read. Check it out! 🙂