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Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

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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
3.5 stars

I had no idea this book even existed until my librarian gently pointed me toward this series. And by gently, I mean she flapped in front of my face, and told me it was a great series. And by flapped it in front of my face, I mean she threatened to revoke my (PRECIOUS!) card unless I read it.
She's shady.


So I check it out, and the next thing you know I'm all involved in a prince with incestuous thoughts, a princess being forced to marry a drunk, a young man from a poor village who dreams
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
(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
#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 sever
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
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
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!
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
Shannon (leaninglights)
*full review to come*
So many characters, so many settings - how Morgan Rhodes was able to make me fall in love with all of them I don't understand. This book (in my opinion) is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, who like large ensembles of characters and multiple settings, but maybe want a bit more YA in terms of themes and writing style. All around fantastic and I can guarantee there are some jaw dropping moments and lots of twists and turns you do not see coming!! (Okay, apparently a lot of
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
See this review and more on The Moonlight Library!

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
He said, "I must tell you that while I was forced to guard you and you were making my life harder by being so stubbornly annoying, I fell in love with you for no apparent reason."

She said, "Truly?! While you were guarding me I also fell in love with you despite you not letting me have my way. It's clear that we must be wed since we love each other so."

I said, "I'm too old for this sh**."

Falling Kingdoms was very very young adult. I thought perhaps it was along the lines of a young adult story th
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
"Perfect for fans of Game of Thrones."


Clearly, the people at havent picked up George R.R. Martins books.
Every time a YA Fantasy book gets compared to ASOIAF/Game Of Thrones I feel like slapping someone.
Comparing a book to another one from the same genre that is successful is a lazy marketing strategy. It makes me not want to read said book. Also, ASOIAF is ADULT FANTASY, it is very different from YA FANTASY, because YA authors are way more limited than adult authors (in every
Kim Vandervort
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
More of a 3.5.

It was all very fast paced and interesting at every turn. I really enjoyed all of the storylines and liked how they intertwined.
There was just something that didn't allow me to feel a strong connection to any of the characters. But I'm looking forward to see in what direction Rhodes will take the series, there's a lot of potential so I definitely want to continue with the sequels!

Also, A LOT of death! Couldn't get too attached to any of the secondary characters because BOOM they're
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
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
Giselle at Book 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
Sara Price.
I wanted a lot more out of this. The characters all got on my nerves and the world wasn't believable.
"Then his heart, now broken into a thousand pieces, slowly began to turn to ice."

Rating: 3.5 stars

This was alright.

So... at first I was like


Then I was like


And then I was like


As for the characters, is it just me or did anybody else imagine Theon as Batman? I'm not sure why but every time he talked, I imagined a hiss coming out of his voice.

And this is exactly EXACTLY how I imagined him when he was looking for Cleo and Nic.


Snooze worthy Chosen One Lucia is by far the weakest, while I
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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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