Fantasy, Reviews, Romance

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes


∴ Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) 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….

3.5 🍁s

“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.”

I liked this book. The plot was fast paced and constantly had my attention. There was plenty of action, intrigue, politics, backstabbing, and plot twists. I actually ended up reading this book in one sitting because I did not want to put it down. There was so much that happened in this one book and I find it interesting that there are five more. For all of this to happen in only one book, I can’t imagine what will happen in six of them.
That being said, my main problem with this book was the characters. I didn’t really connect with any of them which concerns me. For me to enjoy a series, I have to like the characters and that tends to be very easy for me to do. For me to read this whole book and still not really emotionally connect with any of them, scares me.
Cleo was okay. I liked her and thought that she was a strong female character. For so much to happen to her in one book astounds me. Even though I liked Cleo, I still didn’t really connect to her and her love story with Theon was mediocre. It felt very insta-lovey and I honestly don’t think they spent enough time together to actually fall in love. I actually thought that something was wrong with me because I didn’t connect with them until Theon died. Then, I thought, maybe Morgan Rhodes did it on purpose. Maybe, I was supposed to feel that way about their relationship. If that was the case, Rhodes is a genius.
Jonas was the same for me. While I felt for him concerning the loss of his brother and his living conditions, I still didn’t connect with him. I found him extremely naive and spent most of the chapters in his point of view confused how he couldn’t see what was obviously happening right in front of him. But, by the end of the book, he did wise up a little bit and I finally thought that he had a chance of living.
Lucia wasn’t really much of a character at all. There were very few chapters in her head and most of what we see of her is from Magnus’s perspective. I am intrigued by her character and her blossoming powers though. I just need more chapters in her point of view before I am going to be able to connect with her.
Out of all of the characters, I connected with Magnus the most. I felt really bad for him and as the book went on, I felt worse and worse. While I am not fully invested in his character, he is my favorite point of view so far. I think that Magnus has a tough road ahead of him and I have a feeling that he is going to be the antihero for a while. Time will tell.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the next installment Rebel Spring. I just hope that Rhodes will focus more on her character development and character relationship building in the next book. While I really like the plot of the story, I need more than that to fully enjoy this series.

Other Books in the Series:

4 🍁s ~ Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

4.75 🍁 ~ Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3) by Morgan Rhodes

5 🍁s ~ Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes

4 🍁s ~ Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes

5 🍁s ~ Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes

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