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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
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill
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“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.

After seeing quite a few negative things about Falling Kingdoms on goodreads i was hesitant to buy it. But eventually i did, because, like, what the hell? Just cause some people disliked it doesn't mean that i will too! And i am so glad i did.


Because it was a total winner for me and i LOVED it!

FANS OF Throne of Glass and A Game of Thrones (both books and TV show) will INHALE this outstanding high fan
Steph Sinclair

This marks the second book I've read of the Breathless Reads collection from PenguinTeen and so far, I have not been disappointed. And now, I'm making it my personal mission to check out the others in the collection. With Origin I had edge-of-my-seat suspense, but with Falling Kingdoms I had conspiracies, action, war... blood. :D

Falling Kingdoms follows the story of four young people from different kingdoms whose destinies become intertwined during the strain of peace between the lands. We have
Emily May

After a beginning I wasn't too sure about, Falling Kingdoms surprisingly became an extremely enjoyable - if somewhat unoriginal - story. Rhodes' world was a fascinating and exciting place that I am eager to explore more of in the sequel, her characters were complex individuals often torn between political and moral duty, and the tensions between the lands of this world (Limeros, Paelsia and Auranos) were highly convincing. My final opinion of this novel is such a turnaround from my first impres

Awful. Just awful. The plot was crap — some young guy gets killed in one country and then that country starts a war with the murderer's country and then there's also a silly prophecy about a chosen one/Mary Sue/boring bitch. It all made for horrible reading.

The world building was thin and unimaginative. Basically there were 3 countries: 1. Aurenos was sunny, fertile and lovely
2. Paelsia was poor, dry and depressing and 3. Limeros was cold and harsh. The people in Aurenos were spoilt laz
In Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes (longtime paranormal author Michelle Rowen under a pen name) tries to do something that hasn't really been attempted much in the Young Adult genre - write a complex high fantasy focusing on the political intrigues surrounding an expansive cast of characters. I have to give Rowen credit, she's a versatile writer who seems to have switched genres seamlessly enough, but, unfortunately, there's a reason why there aren't more Young Adult Game of Thrones on the marke ...more
Unfortunately a book that failed to connect with me from start to finish.

The writing is very much telling without much showing and I can only describe it as simple and plain. The prose is really "in your face" and inellegant and thus failed to draw me into the story. That it uses clearly modern phrases like "Grow a pair" or "having a crush on someone" doesn't really help with that issue. Alas that made for a quick read, as the prose offers no double meaning or something for the reader to think a
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Falling Kingdoms is a story about three countries, three neighboring kingdoms with nothing but deep-seated hatred between them. On two sides are Auranos and Limeros, both prosperous but different in everything but in wealth. Between them sits Paelsia, a poor, hungry kingdom drained by its neighbors from both sides. In all three kingdoms, resentment and prejudice are passed through generations, but they maintained peace for decades. Then a young and stupid nobleman from Auranos kills a young man ...more
#EDIT - After reading Game of Thrones I'm bringing this book's rating from 2 stars to 1, I would give it 0 if it were possible.

Original Review:-

What I hate more than a weak heroine is a weak heroine written or presented as a strong one.

And both the female characters in this book fell in just that category.

Falling Kingdoms is like Strange Angels. There are severa
2.5 stars - 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 t
(I received my copy of Falling Kingdoms as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.)

Warning: spoilers ahoy. Also, kind of long. Also, lots of griping.

For me, a book has to do three things: 1) It has to be well written, 2) It has to draw me into the world and make me live the story, and 3) It has to make me care about the characters.

Falling Kingdoms was... grammatically correct.

And that's pretty much it.

Should I start with the plot? The entire mess kicks off because the princess from Kingdom A is off w
Yes yes, it's that book they're calling the "Young Adult Game of Thrones." Don't be fooled. The marketing genius who came up with that plug, which seems to be heartily embraced by Goodreads reviewers, deserves a massive promotion.

Falling Kingdoms has nothing in common with Game of Thrones other than a few rudimentary elements common in nearly all high fantasy, such as the handy map of a warring continent published at the beginning. It's even shaped liked Westeros for maximum comparisons.

Where ma
Hear ya, hear ya, fantasy books lovers.

Falling Kingdoms?

I heard that Falling Kingdoms has been dubbed as the YA Game of Thrones?

Well, I don't totally disagree, it's just that...there's a lot of violence, alright.

And a lot of blood.


Throat slicing.

Well, you get the picture.

But epicness-wise, Falling Kingdoms is definitely something. I haven't read Game of Thrones to be honest (I know, LAME!), although I vaguely know the basic outline of the story. So, it's not my call to make, whether to
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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Falling Kingdoms pulls no punches. It’s exactly about what the title says. No ambiguity there. When a peasant boy is killed by a noble of another kingdom, the leaders of the two poor adjacent lands decide it’s the perfect opportunity to invade their richer neighbour and take their green and fertile land for themselves. The story is told from multiple points of view: there’s Jonas, who is the dead peasant boy’s brother, a spoilt princess Cleo from
Jessica Khoury
Falling Kingdoms races along at a breathtaking pace, achieving more plot and character development than most high fantasy does in an entire trilogy. The comparison to A Game of Thrones is well-founded, as Falling Kingdoms similarly explores every side of the conflict; no character is entirely good or evil, but rather, they are all human, exhibiting a complexity not often found in the trope-based genre that high fantasy is. A refreshing, exhilarating read that both conforms to expectation and tra ...more
4.25? While I wasn't surprised by anything that happened I still really enjoyed the book, It was obviously a set up book so I am expecting great things from the series in the future!
Originally reviewed on Kirkus' SF/F Blog

All these men saw when they looked at her was a little girl who’d run away on a whim to search for magic seeds. Who caused trouble. Who was utterly useless in every way except looking pretty. Maybe she was. And if that was true, then being here was only causing more problems for her father. Finally Cleo nodded and turned away.

Such is the characterization of Falling Kingdoms’ primary heroine, Princess Cleiona (Cleo) Bellos, youngest princess to the kingdom

Okay, so I think I'm obsessed with fantasy now!
LOOVEEDDD this book!!
All of the family and relationship drama was so entertaining. I really loved how it switched POVs. I definitely never got bored! The writing was fast-paced even when nothing super exciting was going on. I really liked the characters, they are so fun and interesting. I adored the setting as well.

If you haven't read much fantasy (like me), I highly recommend this! It's not too out there, mostly it reads like historical ficti
Kim Vandervort
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It’s pretty funny that this is being labeled “Game of Thrones for YA” given that almost all of GoT’s protagonists are younger than this book's characters: Arya (9), Sansa (11), Bran (7), Jon (14), Robb (14), Daenerys (13). Mostly I just like Arya+Sansa; Daenerys and Cersei are archetypes that can be very interesting in the hands of a strong writer, but alas they come off as pretty typical if still relatively admirable figures for helping to paint a wide range of strong female characters.

Much be
This book came really close to being a 5 star read for me but fell a bit short. If I could use half stars I would rate 4.5/5.

I really loved the story, setting, and that it is told from the point of view of multiple characters. There are four "main" characters and a number of side characters. This book is somewhat similar to Game of Thrones, since it's set in a fantasy world with multiple leaders fighting for power, and there is a large cast of characters - and with the exception of the one reall
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Review: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Read from February 16 to 20, 2014

This book is ridiculously good! Amazing! Hands down one of the best things I've ever read! It really does "take the cake"!

There's no surprise that I'm a HUGE fan of fantasy, especially High/Epic fantasy. One that involves magic and distant lands, Kingdoms and brutal battles. This one HAS. IT. ALL !!!!

This story is told in three POV's and in 3rd person. You would think that would make the story somewhat confusing and jumbl
When, publishers, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? Do you imagine that we have never met people who act with logic? Or do you willfully flood the market with paltry imitations of human behavior so that we shall no longer be able to recognize shadow from form?

This novel has a score of characters who, time and time again when given information, refuse to interpret what they have heard. It is impossible to believe that an impoverished kingdom, paying a 75% tax on wine exports, does not re
I'll admit straight off I am not a big fantasy fan. I do love Game of Thrones but I can't think of any other fantasy shows or books I like. There is a large cast of characters that was a little confusing for the first few chapters but there is a very helpful map and character guide at the beginning. Once I got all the characters down, I was totally hooked. An exciting ride full of revenge, backstabbing, blackmail, and power hungry people desperate for more land, more power, no matter what it tak ...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
In a land where Elementia is secret, three kingdoms stand at the brink of war. Jonas is intent to get back at his brother’s murderers. Living in Paelsia which was once a beautiful rich land with resources has turned into a wasteland. By stealing from others, he has kept his family healthy instead of starving. When princess Cleo of Auranois witnesses Aron murdering Jonas’ brother, he becomes hell bent on seeking his revenge. Cleo is on a quest to find magic to help her sick older sister before it ...more
The gripping New York Times bestseller that is Game of Thrones for teens.

Clearly, the person who thought it would be fun to compare Falling Kingdoms to Game of Thrones was drunk at the time. Mentioning this in the same sentence as Game of Thrones is a travesty. I haven't read A Song of Ice and Fire, but I've been following the tv show ever since it started -and I know, a book and a tv show are two different things- but even I know enough to say that you do not make such a comparison lightly.

Paige (Enchantology)
2012 Rating: 4 stars
2015 Rating: 2.5 stars

I'll start this off by saying that me not liking this book make have no relation to anyone else liking book. Especially considering past me did very much enjoy this book. The reason for the difference? In 2012, I had just gotten into reading. Falling Kingdoms was one of the books that introduced me to YA fantasy in particular. I read this book shortly after getting into the Game of Thrones TV show, which hadn't been on in ages and I was having withdrawal
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Issues...I got 'em. Kinda fantasy-lite. Not what I was expecting...where's that assassin-ish person from the cover? I want to read that book. Good, not great, but I'll definitely continue the series.


Falling Kingdomsis one of those books that I seriously coveted, almost to the point that I would beg, borrow, or steal to get it. I actually did beg...a little. When I did score an ARC, I made myself hold off reading it until a little closer to the release date, just to build up my antici
I love high fantasy epics. I mean, people have written pages upon pages about the problems of Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, George R. R. Martin's, et al's style and while all of that criticism has a point, it doesn't matter for me.

I love fat, bloated fantasy that is grandiose and full of melodrama. Gimme secret children, incest, betrayal, political intrigue, loving descriptions of servant number five's uniform any day of the week.

Thus, I expected to love FALLING KINGDOMS. As you've probably disc
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
This book is amazing! I really don't know what to say besides that this book deserves as much hype as possible. It's written so well and the story is unbelievably good. It will leave you with so many emotions, good and bad, that once you're done reading it, I promise you that you will close the book, sigh, and think wow.

The story follows three kingdoms. You get a sneak peek of what it is like for the people living in each one. Each chapter is from the point of view of one of the characters. It s
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Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess -- the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet vor ...more
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