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Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  32,787 Ratings  ·  5,287 Reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Cassy One character entirely revolves around their romance and brooding with almost nothing else to the character. Another couple is set up from the start…moreOne character entirely revolves around their romance and brooding with almost nothing else to the character. Another couple is set up from the start very transparently and is referred to infrequently but at the end half of the book is suddenly a big thing. One minor character is explicitly mentioned as having a crush on a major character but that doesn't go anywhere. There are several mentions of arranged marriages. Finally there is in my opinion a transparent "oh you're so beautiful but you're my enemy so i must hate you" relationship.

I am a big fan of TOG and while i think this book is readable the plot is a bit simpler and the characters far less complex. This is perhaps more appropriate for an audience who finds it difficult to keep up with high fantasy but likes the fantasy genre and the element of royalty and neighbouring nations.(less)

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Sasha Alsberg
May 31, 2014 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Falling Kingdoms crushed my heart but exceeded all my expectations. SO GOOD. If you love high fantasy, do yourself a favor and read this book.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Jun 12, 2015 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
I can already tell that this is going to end up being one of my favorite series! Excellent cast of characters with a shocking and unexpected plot full of twists and turns. I can't wait to pick up the next book!
Lola  Reviewer
While this series begs for comparisons to Game of Thrones, I would be lying if I told you that they have nothing in common.

They do.

Both worlds are merciless, bloodthirsty, complex, magical and truly addictive to the reader.

Some might say that it lacks originality. I agree. How often in your life did you read about a princess wanting to escape a marriage, or a rebel who thought he could change the world, or a prince helplessly in love with the wrong girl, or magic lost but on the brink of being r
May 07, 2014 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Perfect. I-read-it-in-one-sitting perfect.

Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion,there is darkness.The question is,will one give in to the dark or the light?

That is the most fascinating thing about Falling Kingdoms.The characters aren't pure good or pure evil (except Gaius,that hideous bastard),they make choices that lead them to one path or another,they fight hard their inner demons,they justify their actions based on
Kat Kennedy
I should have known there’d be trouble in paradise when I found out that Morgan Rhodes was a non de plume for Michelle Rowen, who wrote that terrible Dark Kiss novel that I couldn’t even finish.

I buddy read Falling Kingdom with ItsJaneLindsey who was my beloved BookBuddyAthon Buddy. And I think both of us suffered greatly as we read it together.

Falling Kingdoms is really Fantasy Lite with scarcely enough world building and concepts to skate by. If it asked me to witness it I’d be all like:

Helen 2.0
Sep 11, 2016 Helen 2.0 rated it it was ok
Many people are raving about this series, but I couldn't get passionate about it. While reading Falling Kingdoms, I often got a gut feeling that something was off about the book but I had difficulty pinpointing the origin of that feeling. It was an instinctive reaction. I've mulled it over and will try to put the reason into words without sounding too harsh. I can't name specifics because it's been a few months since I finished this and I've been suppressing the memories.

There are two kinds of a
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Cait (Paper Fury)
Oh dear. <--- Entire summary of my thoughts on this book.

Buuuut lucky for YOU, I am willing to expand on my on dear with a list (yessss lists are life!) of reasons this book went hopelessly wrong for me. I picked it up because FANTASY, but honestly I felt it was shallow and boring and confusing. There were so. many. characters and I cared exactly ZLICH about all of them. Plus it was trying oh so hard to be the YA Game of Thrones and Please don't. YA -- pls stop wishing to be Game o
Emily May
Oct 16, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it

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
Lindsay Cummings
Mar 10, 2012 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for reading in Scotland by the fire :)
Rachel E. Carter
Sep 10, 2014 Rachel E. Carter rated it really liked it
April BOTM read for Rachel E. Carter YA Book Club 4/5 stars (but 10/5 for Magnus)


Do you like Game of Thrones and wish for a YA-version? Well, my friends, look no further:

• Unexpected killings of significant characters?
• Multiple POV’s (including possible villains) taking place in different kingdoms with royalty, assassins, and other worldly creatures/shifters
• Heavy world-building
• Feuding kingdoms
• Even a brother-sister romance though that is a bit less Cersei-Jamie, a bit more Clary-Jace if yo
Dec 30, 2015 Kainat Ijaz 《UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT》 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kainat Ijaz by: Erin Chicosky
“Magic will find those with pure hearts,
even when all seems lost.”

Let me start by saying it's really hard for me to review books i love, there is so much i want to say.
I know a lot people dislike these books so i decided to read a few bad reviews before i started this. Turned out most people had similar issues; too many characters, confusing plot line, too many POVs.
I read first few chapters like a textbook, paid attention to every little detail, tried to remember their names, and who belong
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 20, 2016 Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Yay, now i'm only 18 books behind on my goodreads challenge, not 19.... :)

This book fell exactly where I expected it to, so 3 stars isn't a horrible rating! The main thing I loved about this is that it's different from any YA fantasy that i've ever read. The plot itself isn't really anything too special, but the scope of it all (following several characters/kingdoms instead of one main one) and the risks that the author is willing to take with characters (MANY deaths) kept me on my toes. The mai

Note - old review below but my thoughts have not changed....still loved it!


“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
Andreea Pop

I am truly sorry, I am. I wanted this book to be spectacular, to amaze me with its epicness. I was ready to love it heart and soul! Alas, sadly -- and very much obviously thanks to those two ugly stars -- that did not happen. I'm going to rant now, so please excuse my shouty capitals whenever they appear.

You see, my average rating is somewhere around 4.4/5 and seeing that I've read almost 500 titles that means I pretty much drop them 4 and 5 star ratings like they're hot. It doesn't bother me,
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
Jan 21, 2017 Tweebs☯ rated it really liked it
Ouuu, I liked this book....despite a few things.

RTC...When I'm not:

1) Lazy as fuck
5) Yup, lazy as fuck again ;P

Anyway, gimme the next book pls!


I went to the library to ACTUALLY study and do my school work. Okay, I'm trying make it to places GUYS !! *cough* I should've thought about becoming a Doctor like holyyyyyyyy shit. The work load ISN'T A JOKEEEE.

Please tell me how I walk inside and the first thing I see is a big ass book sale. Eve
Nov 15, 2016 sreeja rated it really liked it
Falling Kingdoms: 4.5 stars
"Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost.”
This has become an instant new YA fantasy favourite!
Why you need to pick it up now:
• detailed characters with flaws (that you learn to accept) and vulnerabilities
• twists and turns in every corner
• lies, betrayal and shocking plot twists
• unexpected love
• that world-building
• the fact that violence isn't sugar-coated
• magical element that is pulled off amazingly
• truly complex villains who are quite sc
Amber Robertson
This is a re-read.


Shoutout to Caitlin for helping me decide on this rating after I finished an hour ago - which I just changed to a 5.


Full review to come and I'll link my first review then.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I couldn't bring myself to give this higher than 3 stars because it's just not as good as some of my favourite fantasies, but it was still really good! The instalove was super cringeworthy and the writing was very simple and I dunno it's just not the best thing I've ever read.
Feb 15, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
Updated: 3.27.16

So, here's what happened.
This book literally took me almost a whole month to finish which is one of the saddest things that has happened in my life. I remember picking this book up, never wanting to put it down and just finish it off right away and start the 2nd book. But nooooo. I had to start it, put it down, read more, put it down, and the process would just be repeated. Adding to that, I sometimes wasn't even able to pick it up and read 1 page which made everything more sad.
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
Cait • A Page with a View
"Basically Game of Thrones for a younger audience" was my first reaction, but let me go back now and revise that to "Game of Thrones but better."

This first book is average, but by the 4th book this series is just straight up awesome. I love all of the characters (even the incompetent ones) and the plot never, ever gets dull. In Game of Thrones I'm usually either skimming or else like

Jul 29, 2016 Maureen rated it liked it
Overall I liked this book but it wasn't super impressive or something that left a mark for me.
The world building was lackluster, the story was interesting but not amazing, but the characters were pretty great.
I don't know if this would've received a different rating from me if I hadn't listened to the audiobook, but the audiobook made it really come alive.
I'm intrigued enough to continue but not excited enough to pick up the next book right away.
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
This book has far exceeded all my expectations!!!

Buddy-read with Gabby, who, btw, is the best buddy-reader ever!!

Note: This is a SPOILER-FREE overview of first four books in the series!!
After my internal storm
Pardon my rantings, this book has won my heart and left me speechless. However, after devouring remaining three books in the series I am willing to share my love of this book with my fellow goodreaders! :D

“Magic will fin
Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things
2.5 Stars. But let me just say that I continued on and EVERY book in this series just gets better and better.

This series was explained to me as a YA version of Game of Thrones... which literally meant nothing as I've never seen that show (sorry, I just don't want to see that many body parts on a regular basis.) But I was assuming this was going to be some sort of raging clan vs kingdom business. I was pretty much right.

“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notic
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.25 stars!

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

So basically this was my face throughout most of this book:

It's easy to call this book the young adult Game of Thrones. The obvious similarities are the conflicting royal families and unexpected and frequent deaths throughout the book. Except there aren't as many families in this book and because it's young adult it's a bit lighter in its themes.

When the Royal Princess Cleo visits a neighbo
Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
There is a lot of drama and plot twists in this book. A lot. Which is what made it so enjoyable for me! :D

First of all the characters and world were so richly developed I could not guess what was around the next corner. Like I've said in other reviews one of the most enjoyable aspects of a high fantasy novel is the world building and Myticas history was full of intrigue not to mention how I loved the stories from the past catching up and intertwining with the characters of present. In a way it
Jan 27, 2017 Jiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is yet another fav of Cait's so I'm so excited to start it!! Please be good!
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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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“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.” 417 likes
“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It's something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.” 290 likes
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