Review: Falling Kingdoms By Morgan Rhodes.

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From the blurb:

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.
Three kingdoms battle for power.
A princess must journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
A rebel becomes a leader of a bloody revolution.
A sorceress discovers the truth about the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
It’s the eve of war.
Each must choose a side.
Kingdoms will fall.

Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

My thoughts:

4.5 stars.

Epic fantasy is my favourite genre and I am excited to see more and more YA epic fantasy being published. I went into Falling Kingdoms fairly certain I would like it and it did not disappoint.
It was a great read that I really enjoyed.

Falling Kingdom revolves around the story of three kingdoms – Limeros, Paelsia and Auranos. Auranos is the the richest kingdom while Paelsia is the poorest. Limeros is ruled by a bloodthirsty king who has been waiting for his chance to take Auranos for himself, and that chance has finally arrived. The murder of a wine seller’s son in Paelsia by a lord from Auranos starts a devastating chain of events that none could have foreseen.

There are many characters in this book but four main ones, and although the secondary characters felt real and believable, these four were a real stand out for me. Cleo, princess of Auranos, was stubborn and spoilt, but had heart. Jonas is a rebel who is lead by a heartbreaking event to change the fate of his poverty stricken country. Magnus is the prince and heir of Limeros who struggles with his own human nature and living up to his father’s expectations. And finally Lucia, princess of Limeros, discovers she is much more than she could ever imagine.
All the characters weaved their way into my heart and because you got to see into each of their lives I was truly conflicted when the war began. There was no clear ‘good guy’ but the characters are seen as not truly good or truly evil.

I like a least a little romance in my books and I am happy to say there is a nice romantic subplot, but for those who aren’t that fussed it doesn’t overtake the book. There is violence, and I was shocked and devastated multiple times when reading the book (which is probably where the comparison to Games of Thrones comes in), but although violent, it wasn’t as gritty as epic fantasy for adults, which is a nice change.

To sum up, Falling Kingdoms was an exciting read, I was drawn into this world and kept captivated until the end. It has plenty of action and multiple story lines to keep you turning the pages eagerly, and the magic system was really intriguing. It has an explosive ending that has me dying to read the next book, Rebel Spring. If you love epic fantasy geared for YA, I highly recommend Falling Kingdoms.

You can add it to your Goodreads here.

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