Title: Falling Kingdoms
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: The Falling Kingdoms (Book 1)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Epic Fantasy
Publication: December 11th, 2012
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 Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
I had been hearing about this series for months before finally picking it up and that may have killed some of the enjoyment for me. This book was slightly over-hyped in my opinion. Recently, I have been reading a lot of adult epic fantasy, and that kind of messed with my expectations of a YA fantasy series. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE YA books, especially YA Fantasy (The Grisha trilogy is bae). However, I thought this book was too fast paced for me.
I didn’t really have time to fully get to know the characters and their relationships with each other. I understand this is the first book of a 6 book series, but I felt that Rhodes could have done more character development in this novel. However, she did an amazing job at world building. The differences between the three countries and the explanation of the magic system were both so descriptive and detailed. World building was phenomenal!
Also, a slight pet peeve of mine which the fast-pacedness contributed to, there was an insta-love moment in this novel, and the events after the reveal bothered me a bit. Since it was so fast-paced, I was not really attached to any of the characters. This book is described as Game of Thrones lite which I completely agree with (and I usually don’t like to compare books). This means that there is a lot of character death, but since I wasn’t too attached to the characters yet, the deaths didn’t really have that shock factor.
Overall, this is a great YA fantasy series, and I recommend it if you are a newer fantasy reader, or if you want a more accessible, fast fantasy to fly threw. There is never a boring moment, and I am excited to pick the next book up! Hopefully, I’ll love the characters even more in the sequel.
What do you all think about Falling Kingdoms?