Friday, 14 August 2015

Book Review - Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms

(Falling Kingdoms #1)

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic. 

Published: March 11 2014

Pages: 448 pages (Paperback Edition) (Razorbill)

Read: July 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

AURANOS - Privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse.

LIMEROS - The king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.

PAELSIA - Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

Book 26/60 - 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Falling Kingdoms is a young adult high fantasy novel set in a magical world where magic elementia is disappearing. It follows the three kingdoms and three main characters within each kingdom and how they battle to save their world from disappearing.

I have to say that this was my first high fantasy novel I read (of this type), so going in I didn't really know what to expect. I was excited to read this especially after I had heard of all the hype associated with this book. And I did really enjoy Falling Kingdoms. It didn't blow me away really, and probably won't make my favourites of 2015, but I did enjoy it!

And what I loved about this book was the plot. I'm not really a fan of magic use and so on in books, like a book solely about witches is a major turn-off for me. I don't know why, perhaps I just haven't found the 'right' book to secure me into that sub-genre, but I really enjoyed the magic aspect of Falling Kingdoms. I found it to be explained well and I was easily able to converse myself into the world that Morgan Rhodes built here for Falling Kingdoms. 

The characters in Falling Kingdoms were a bit iffy for me. There were some that I adores, even if I shouldn't have, Magnus, Theon, Jonas, but some that I found to be quite disappointing in nature because it took me a long time to connect with most of them. By the end I was feeling a bit more nicer towards Cleo but I'll have to see how she is in the next book.

Overall, I enjoyed this even though I was a tad bit diappointed. I was expecting this book to keep me completely gripped and was expecting to give this a five star review before I started but I gave it four stars simply for enjoyment reasons. As I said above, this book didn't blow my mind but it was extremely enjoyable and I cannot wait to continue on with the series and to read the spin-off prequel 'A Book of Spirits and Thieves' also. 

P.S. Isn't this cover just gorgeous??

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