Monday, May 13, 2013

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Falling Kingdoms, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though it had some quite obvious parallels with the adult series A Song of Ice and Fire, Falling Kingdoms as a wonderful epic in its own right.

Mytica has enjoyed peace for a long time. But there are people in the kingdom experiencing unrest--and there are four teens instrumental in the coming storm: Cleo, the pampered princess, Lucia, the sorceress, Magnus, her brother, the misunderstood prince, and Jonas, the bitter, angry rebel.

What I enjoyed:
-Even though there was a vast cast of characters, it was easy to keep track with the flowing narrative and the list of characters at the front of the novel
-The pacing and the way everything wove together so neatly
-Cleo
-Jonas
-Lucia
-The prologue at the beginning that tied later into the novel
-The way everything seemed so believable
-The mythology of the three different parts of Mytica
-Theon

What I didn't so much like:
-Magnus
-Aron
-King Gauis
-The obvious parallels to A Song of Ice and Fire

Despite the parallels and the slight cliches, I really enjoyed Falling Kingdoms and look forward to reading Rebel Spring in December. Next on deck: Nameless by Lili Saint Crow!

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