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Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Friday, November 23, 2012
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
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Razorbill, 412 pages
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Source: Stephanie from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

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?

Magic, politics, and a rebellious princess. How could I NOT pick this up?

The story was told in multiple POVs from people all over the kingdom. It was incredible being able to look at the downfall of the kingdoms from all of these different characters. I always felt conflicted when something terrible happens because I could understand it from both perspectives.

There was something that bothered me through out the whole story that I couldn’t put my finger on. It was until Stacy from Girls in the Stacks pointed out on my goodreads that the speech patterns were very modern for an archaic world. One of my favorite things about books set in different periods are the unique speech patterns and that made it difficult to fully enter the world inside Falling Kingdoms because of the modern speech.

There were so many things happening at once. Falling Kingdoms was an intense book full of plot twists, chaotic battles, and betrayals. I was still able to enjoy this book, but I ended up not loving it as much as I thought I would.

Overall: 3 out of 5

Other's who have read and LOVED Falling Kingdoms:
Stephanie - Cuddlebuggery
Asma - IceyBooks
Jaime - Two Chicks on Books


  1. Hmm, agreed.. I liked this one (the plot was really fascinating), but I didn't love it. I did notice the modern speech patterns as well, although it didn't bug me as much as it has in other books.

    I think I liked it enough to read the second book just because I feel like tons more exciting stuff will happen, and maybe I'll connect more to the characters then.

  2. Modern speech in books where it doesn't really fit can be annoying. Reading your review made me think of Between the Lines and how much I despised the fact that characters in a historical kingdom used phrases like "low-carb diet." :P I'm glad you still enjoyed this book, though!

  3. Oh yes, I totally get what you mean by modern speech patterns in an historical genre book as I've encountered it myself in books. Still, I really do want to read the book.

    Great review, Vy!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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  4. Falling Kingdoms first caught my interest a few months ago, but now, I keep hearing not so good things about it. >.< The multiple POVs sound really cool--I'm actually starting to like different points of views, as long as they aren't too confusing. But the modern speech in an archaic world? That doesn't sound right. It's like having cookies and JUICE instead of cookies and MILK. At least you somewhat enjoyed it! Lovely review, Vy, thanks for being honest! :)

  5. ahh I've heard pretty mixed things about this book. I don't know if I'm going to like it based on the reviews but it does sound amazing. Modern speech in a fantasy can be quite jarring so I'm sorry to hear it took you out of the book. It's tough! Thanks for your honest review, Vy!

  6. This looks like an awesome book and I might have to pick it up. I'm finishing up a pretty great book now called "Three Fugitives" by Nat Howler, it's part of the Six Stones Trilogy. You can check out him and the book on the website Thanks for the review and suggestion.


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