Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Rating: 3 Stars
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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?
Hmm how to review this one...It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It was all very straightforward. and I don't know about you but when I read fantasy I'm expecting some serious underhanded methods and manipulation going on, and some blow me away secrets. This book did not have that. The so called manipulation was laughable. I mean really the chief was an idiot. He didn't even deserve to get manipulated. There were no underhanded anything going on, and the secrets weren't really secrets cause it was all kind of obvious.
Character wise, none of them really inspired much of anything except maybe Magnus at the start but then he changed a bit it was back to eh. I admire Cleo for being 'strong' but she just rubbed me the wrong way throughout the book. I wouldn't have cared if she died or not to be honest. Then there is Lucia, her reactions to everything were so picture perfect it was kind of boring. The 'villian' was to cookie-cutter as well.
In short, nothing really stood out for me, but it was good enough to make me keep reading till the end.Tweet