Throwback Thursday: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Hardcover, 412 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill
Here’s another series that I missed when it first released even though it’s been on my TBR for years now.  I haven’t shared my feelings about the Throne of Glass series yet, but I’m hoping Falling Kingdoms will follow the same roller coaster.
Let me explain.  This book was interesting, introduced a large cast of characters, and started giving us some world building and history, but the story was just so-so.  There was action and intrigue and a bit of magic and adventure.  The element that kept me reading (and what makes me want to read the next book) is the relationships between characters.
Since this book introduces a large cast of characters, it was occasionally confusing when changing POV.  But by the end of the book, many of them are no longer a focus, so it was much less confusing.
The story and characters were enough that I did go out and grab books 2-5 through various trades and sales.  I don’t know when I’ll have time to read book two, Rebel Spring, but I am definitely going to devour this series in 2017.
Have you read this series?  Do subsequent books get better?  Did you fall in love with any character in particular? 🙂

Summary:

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 realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

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Twelve Days of Reviews Challenge: A bit late…

My Lovely Secret is running a challenge that ends in 2 days, but since I just discovered it and it sounds like fun, I’m going to share it anyway!  The theme is awesome and something that I might try to do next year, 12 Days of Reviews.  The premise is to post a review a day for 12 days straight, featuring books you read throughout the year but didn’t get around to reviewing.

Like I said, sounds like fun!  I just wish I’d found it sooner 😦  But, I’m still going to try and post some reviews over the next couple of days.  Plus, come visit on Christmas for a fun author interview and ARC giveaway!