Review: Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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…

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I read this book a few years ago so my memory is a bit fuzzy. But I do remember some of it. This book has Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, and Lucia’s point of view. In third person.

The book begins with a prologue featuring Jana and Sabina. The sisters practice magic. They are going to take this baby girl from her home so that they can train her. There is a prophecy about how powerful said girl will become. Once they have the girl Jana goes on about the different ways that the sisters will train her. Sabina then tells her that they will not be training the girl. Jana is surprised by this and asks what they will be doing. Sabina then murders Jana and takes the girl away through a portal.

We are then taken to present day when princess Cleo and her friends Mira and Aron are going to travel to some place to drink the best wine. When they reach they are greeted by Silas the wine maker. They each take a taste and decide that the wine is delicious. Silas’s children Felicia, Tomas, and Jonas emerge. Aron agrees to buy some of Silas’s wine for a cheap price.

Tomas intervenes and says that they can either take the wine and pay the proper price or leave. Aron then makes a comment about having sex with Felicia which enrages both Tomas and Jonas. Tomas and Aron fight. Aron then pulls out a dagger and kills Tomas. The group flee.

At Tomas’s funeral Jonas swears to his dead brother and sister that he will get revenge on Cleo and Aron. After some reading readers find out that both Tomas and Jonas hate the rich. And only because they are rich. They have always wanted to get revenge and now with Tomas dead Jonas intends to do so.

We are then taken to Magnus. Mangus is a heartless warrior. He has not been raised in a loving environment to which he believes is the reason he is so heartless. His family King Gaius, the Queen, and his fathers mistress Sabina are all cold. Except for his sister Lucia. Lucia is kind to him and cares for him in a brotherly way. Whereas Mangus feels he is in love with her.

I’m going to stop here but I did read farther than this point. The plot was not that interesting to me so that’s part of the reason I didn’t finish this. The other part was Jonas.

I really hated how he blamed the rich people for all his troubles. Yes Aron was rich and murdered Tomas but he has hated them before this even happened. Then he all of a sudden claims that Cleo enjoyed watching Aron murder his brother. This is not true. She did not smile or smirk coldly while his brother was murdered. It was inconsistent for the plots sake.

Jonas and Cleo are love interests. So I guess this was done with the intention of creating a love-hate relationship? But it came off as stupid to me. You don’t have to worry about the incest in this book. After the first book the series has taken a different direction with Mangus and his feelings for Lucia.

There were however some things that I liked. Cleo did not instantly fall for Jonas. He made her life miserable in this book and she had no intentions of putting up with him. Theon who is Cleo’s guard and crush was pretty nice. The prophecy and The Watchers were cool.

Overall this was not a good book. If you really want to try this then go ahead. And if you think you can put up with Jonas then I would recommend it to you.

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