Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.
Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
My Thoughts: Falling Kingdoms, while slightly cliche and predictable, was highly enjoyable.
It was definitely a character-driven story, although the plot itself was riveting and exciting, especially towards the ending. At the beginning, I found it a bit boring, but as the ending drew nearer and the different plots sort of came together, I was sold. There were a lot of twists; most I saw coming, but a few were highly unexpected, which I really appreciated.
My favorite characters were Jonas and Nic. Cleo was irritating at times, but she was bearable. Magnus, though, was so annoying and honestly I could not bring myself to like him. It also didn’t help that he was interested in his sister (sorry, but I do not like reading about incest). However, his sister, Lucia, was much more interesting and I enjoyed her character very much.
My Rating: ★★★★ (4/5 Stars) ~ This book was predictable, and not much surprised me, but it was still enjoyable and I definitely plan to continue with the series. I definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy or anyone who enjoys books with multiple plotlines that all come together in the end.