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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments
Falling Kingdomsby Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms
by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms 1)

By: Morgan Rhodes (Michelle Rowen)

Release Date: December 11, 2012

Rating: 2.5 stars

Summary: 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?

 

Review: I’ve never read The Game of Thrones, but I’ve watched the first season and was told the series followed the book pretty closely. Well, this book kind of felt like The Game of Thrones – only far more elementary-ish.

Don’t get me wrong, the story has a lot of potential. There was a lot going on with the different kingdoms, the struggle for power, the socioeconomic discriminations, a few action scenes and budding romances. Usually right up my alley.

However, I felt the writing was a bit too simple – to the point where it wasn’t very captivating. I felt Rhodes rushed through a lot of the scenes, (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

At the same time, I felt that Rhodes laid everything out there and lined everything up too well so the story development was beyond predictable. I kept trying to convince myself that she was going to throw in a huge twist that would blow me away because there was no way that she could go from 1 to 2 to 3 so methodically.

A few examples? DO NOT CLICK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

The last quarter was much of an improvement, but I think it’s only because we have a fight scene. Even then, it wasn’t a complex end, nor did it go into much details about what was going on. Still, it gave readers a little something to look forward to if they’re struggling to get through the book.

I also hope Rhodes has more in stored for us in the sequel as far as symbolism and deciphering hidden meanings. (view spoiler on my Goodreads)

Anyway, it was a good enough story, but I just wished Rhodes delved a little more into certain aspects and spent more time to make the whole thing a more complicated so it’s not an easy, straight path from beginning to end.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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  1. Lis
    December 15, 2012 at 5:40 am

    “DO NOT CLICK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK.”

    Lol nice try 😉

  2. Katy
    December 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    LOL, did you think that message was for anyone else?

    • Lis
      December 16, 2012 at 2:37 am

      I am sure there are other people too who can’t help themselves but click on the spoiler button! :p

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