Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
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.
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, first-born son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑
Almost every book that I've seriously loved are those that I'd never planned on reading. Books that I'd randomly come across and gone into without so much as even seeing or reading any reviews (which rarely happens as I've stated in one of my previous posts). Maybe it's the absence of any expectations that completely takes me by surprise, but whatever it is, I'm not complaining!
First off, books with multiple POVs and morally ambiguous characters are like my bread and butter. You get to see and experience their world from different perspectives. And what is perhaps the most unique aspect of Falling Kingdoms is the absolute absence of a clear protagonist. You are left to your own devices to decide as to who's 'good' or who's 'bad', and whose side you're on. We're presented with four complex and individual characters who're going through their own kind of personal hell, who tread a journey of their own and battle their inner demons along the way – while having to deal with the political turmoil that's engulfed their lands (Limeros, Paelsia and Auranos).
It is super fast paced and enjoyable with great character development (I found myself absolutely hating some characters in this book only to end up loving them by the time I got to book four and viceversa). Magnus for me, made the book. I was instantly drawn to him from the moment I was introduced to him and my love only grew as the plot developed. He's a tortured soul who's utterly misguided and confused. A good guy at heart pretending to be bad to please his evil father – and in serious need of a hug!
Though some plotlines could've been a tad bit complex, it is generally a very enjoyable read with dynamic characters.