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All Fall Down (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  931 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Healer Merys Thranion has been trained to fight disease and wage war against ignorance. Her training comes to the ultimate test when she is captured by slave traders in a neighboring country and brought to the estate of Lord Shaine. Her task is to heal the brooding lord's injured daughter...but that is only the first of her trials. As the deadly plague raises its head ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Dark Valentine Press (first published September 6th 2012)
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Feb 21, 2013 Shawna rated it really liked it
***Recieved from goodreads firstreads***

I really enjoyed this book and know just who I'll recommend it too!

The plot was fast paced from start to finish. Merys, a member of the Order of the Golden Palm, is a trained healer who is captured by slave traders while tending to the sick in the village of Aunde. She is sold to Lord Shaine of Donnishold, where she quickly demonstrates her skill when she saves his daughter Auren. Life here isn't so bad, as Merys tends too the sick and eventually regains h
Nov 29, 2015 Talltree marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid

Too depressing
Kyra Halland
All Fall Down is the tale of Merys, a physician who is captured by slavers and ends up being bought by Lord Shaine, whose desperately ill daughter needs Merys's help. Though Merys chafes at the loss of her freedom, she soon finds that her heart belongs to the people at Donnishold, and especially Lord Shaine. When the plague hits her new home, she must use all her strength and ingenuity and resources to try to save the people she has come to love.

Romantic fantasy is my favorite thing to read, so
Oct 08, 2012 Rauli rated it really liked it

It was a bit slow overall, but worth the read. The romance aspects of the story we're quite subtle and few but very sweet. This was actually quite refreshing as the story centred more on Merys's work. Although the book was set in a world not our own it was masterfully built and charmingly realistic, in some aspects it was quite similar to post-middle ages Europe (in the way of life, dress and customs). Yet in others, namely the medical knowledge, it seams to be quite a bit more advanced. I thor
May 27, 2014 GR rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I read the entire book, but it seemed incredibly thin on actual plot, and instead mostly focused on medical descriptions which were not terribly engaging.
Verity Brown

More of a 3.5 stars. The story was interesting and the romance was nicely understated (if you like that kind of thing, which I do). But...

But, but, but...

There were too many small details that seemed contradictory or didn't make sense in the context of the story's universe. The "physicians" look down on the religious healers, and claim their own work is based on "science," but there's no evidence of anything resembling a scientific background in their work--they understand contagion and hygiene,
Aug 18, 2013 Lily rated it did not like it
Shelves: won
I won a copy of All Fall Down on Goodreads. When I got the book I found the cover a little garish but never being one to judge a book by it's cover I dug in. The is the story of a physician Merys who is kidnapped and sold on the slave market of a far off and fictional world. It appears to be based somewhat in medieval times however the author takes liberties in mixing and matching historical themes (which I don't mind in a piece in this style).

My biggest problems with the book are all writing re
This had so much potential.

The healer aspect was very interesting, and the world-building was well done. I liked reading about the day to day aspect of her life as a healer, and the details that fleshed it out. It might have been a 5 star if it were purely just that.

However, it also attempted to be a romance novel. Sadly, the romance wasn't very good. The heroine realized she was in love with the hero after a grand total of two conversations (at least that we saw), there was really not very muc
Jul 31, 2014 Monica rated it it was ok
This book started really well. Meyrs is a female doctor who travels trying to heal people. She is taken captive and brought to Lord Shaine's castle. There she heals his daughter and quickly becomes an integral part of the household. She develops feelings for Lord Shaine. He seems to have them for her as well and even frees her. Then however the plague hits and everything falls apart. This was the second book I read by Christine Pope. I read them out of order. I really enjoyed the other book much ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
I thought the concept was good, and I seem to be fascinated in reading about the plague (as in Connie Willis' Doomsday Book). Unlike other reviewers, I felt that the medical science of how it was spread made sense. I found the slavery aspect to be difficult, and could not see where the romance element made sense at all.
Coyora Dokusho
Dec 13, 2015 Coyora Dokusho rated it liked it
Shelves: trope-crawl
It was all so. very. restrained. that I want to throw a fit. It was okay, just extremely mild in all emotions.
May 15, 2014 Vellvin rated it liked it
Not the best of stories. Rather a bit depressing.
Nuits d'Insomnie
Mar 03, 2015 Nuits d'Insomnie rated it liked it
3,5/5 : J'ai longuement hésité à mettre au moins 4 étoiles, mais avec un peu de recul, je ressens comme un manque de quelque chose dans ce roman !

Merys, jeune femme guérisseuse kidnappée et rachetée par les hommes de mains du Seigneur de Donnishold, va pouvoir cependant, et ce malgré son état d'esclave, exercer ses talents puisque coïncidence, la fille du Seigneur Shaine s'est méchamment blessée lors d'une promenade à cheval. Grâce à cela, sa condition va très vite évoluer, lui permettant l'éman
Pam Bugbee
Oct 11, 2012 Pam Bugbee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The author so graciously sent me a copy of this book in return for an honest review, so I thank Christine Pope for the opportunity to read such an amazing book!!

Mistress Merys, the heroine of the story, was trained as a healer and has lived her life going to the aid of the sick throughout the kingdom. One night while tending to a patient, she is kidnapped by a group of slavers. Merys and some of the others who were also kidnapped are sold to Lord Shaine from Seldd. Seldd is the last place that s
Amber Carpenter
Sep 04, 2016 Amber Carpenter rated it liked it
this wasn't my favorite of Ms Popes fairy tale books but it wasn't bad in this book we fallow along as a physician is captured and enslaved by a neighboring kingdoms people and are introduced to the world of the latter kingdoms and their beliefs after being captured and sold into slavery our heroine Dose every thing in her power to help those around her after a failed assassination nearly takes her masters life he grants her her freedom as she was surely what allowed him to live threw the ...more
Rachel Antzak
Sep 21, 2016 Rachel Antzak rated it really liked it
A story based perhaps not on a fairy tale at all but off of the rhyme? The nursery rhyme 'Ring Around the Rosie' is a reference to the Black Plague.
Wayward Cabbage
Apr 15, 2016 Wayward Cabbage rated it liked it
I'm really glad that I read this series out of order, if I hadn't read this one after the others, I might not have continued with the series, which would be a shame. This was a surprisingly dark book, written in Christine Pope's straight forward and simple, but satisfying style. I loved Merys, I love all of Pope's females, they all have their heads screwed on tight. The reason why I didn't give this novel a higher rating was because I felt that the romance at the end was rushed. This novel was ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
A superbly written high fantasy adventure, albeit (extremely) slow, it was well worth it. Filled with its fair share of heart ache it explores the trials and tribulations of the pestilential plague. I had tears at times and wanted to fling my kindle away in fits of anger some. Each character became as dear to me as the next, though I did not feel or experience the fondness Merys felt for the household. I am stretching the term 'romance' a bit far by shelving this book, but that was it ...more
Dana Hartman
Sep 27, 2014 Dana Hartman rated it liked it
This book is good, easy to like the characters. Merys, a respected physician, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Fortunately for her new "owner" because his daughter is dying from infection. She manages to cure her, begins ministering to the whole castle and eventually is gifted her freedom. She and her former "owner" fall in love, the plague hits, lots of people die. I bristled at the whole "slave" and "master" thing. I enjoyed reading older medical treatments and how she treated illness. Then ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Christina rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The MH was sooooo flat. No emotion, just going through each situation with a bit of detachment. Then when she tells us she's having feelings for one of the guys I was like, WHAT, when did that happen. They had barely interacted and she's so detached how did she come to care about him. A few bad situations were thrown in at the beginning, but then the resolution of those situations was so easy and barely mentioned. In one case the someone was stabbed, if she hadn't been there they would have ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Gardavson rated it liked it
This book had a good beginning, and such potential. As a simple tale, it was fine. As a romance, abject failure. Some of the characters had good depth, some were terribly flat. Unfortunately, the male lead was one of those flat characters. Honestly, I couldn't tell you one thing about him. Tall, short, dark, light, happy, solemn, no idea. I hardly knew he existed in the story when suddenly we're told Merys is in love with him. I read it and could do nothing but blink stupidly at the words. Where ...more
Ophelia Gunn
I was sort of disappointed with this book. I guess I was expecting more than a barely-there romance and flat, underdeveloped characters. It wasn't a bad book, but it definitely could have been so much better. I couldn't invest in the characters, there never seemed to be any sense of true peril or high stakes, and the romance was so subtle as to be invisible. There was no tension between Merys and Shaine, only the odd sentence she imagined he hadn't quite finished. Also, for most of the book I'd ...more
Gail Abbott ea
I am not a big fan of a plot device where a woman is held against her will and falls in love with her captor. In this case, the person she falls in love with did not actually capture her, but he did buy her as a slave. He freed her, but she actually began falling in love before that and did not leave when she was freed because of her feelings for him. Sounds very Stockholm syndrome to me. There was also no courtship on his part - she was just waiting for him to make a move. The parts of the ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
Very interesting- never dull-you don't want to put this down as you just hope that things work out. A young woman is taken for a slave. She is a trained physician, but is sold to a wealthy land owner to work the flax fields. She starts to help the family and saves the owner's daughter. She proves herself as a great help and eventually is given her freedom. Great historical references to the plague and how deadly it was. Good love story.
Oct 10, 2015 Charlotte rated it liked it
The in-your-face gaudiness of the cover almost put me off but as All Fall Down was offered as a free e-book I thought, what the hey? Nothing to lose. I was pleasantly surprised; the writing was engaging and as I am interested in all things apothecarian I enjoyed the subject matter. The romantic aspects to the story were a bit cliched for my taste, however, thus the 3 star rating. Overall, I found this to be a skilfully executed and will look out for other works by the same author.
Apr 13, 2016 Leslye rated it liked it
The ending kind of ruined this book for me. It was very abrupt and you got absolutely no pay off for the build up. This book really needs an epilogue or something to make it feel more complete. Especially since it's all first person, single POV, so we get no inkling of what the male love interest is thinking or feeling.
Nov 13, 2015 Petrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I would actually give the book five stars if not for one thing. Spoiler alert coming. The people in this book are somewhat religious. It's not over the top, but definitely there. The Gods waited to the last possible moment to show up and help. That annoyed me. So many lives could have been saved if she showed up earlier. Despite that this book was absolutely perfect.
Hannah Wood
Last Minute Romance

I enjoyed the story despite the occasional typo which would momentarily throw me out of the story. Enjoyable characters, interesting plot (as a history buff, found the plague chapters intriguing), and at very last, confirmation of a love story. Not an amazing book but a good read and an interesting world. Will probably read the next book in the series.
Apr 26, 2016 Meg rated it it was amazing
Oh, I loved this story! It certainly made for an interesting story to read while I'll: at least I am not suffering the plague! The subtleties of character and history which create this world are so beautiful and well-done. I have a new favorite author to add to the list!
Oct 20, 2014 Betty rated it liked it
Good tale of a female doctor (kingdoms in another world) who is captured by slavers. She is sold, makes friends at the castle where she works, but wants to return to her task of helping all those who need her.
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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Many reams of dead trees later, she’s happy to announce that her debut novel, Fringe Benefits,was published by Pink Petal Books on April 8, 2010. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the ...more
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