Blog Tour: Falling Kingdoms- Review & Guest Post!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Title: Falling Kingdoms 
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Format: Harcover, 412 pages
Genre: High Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Published by: Penguin Canada, Razorbill Canada

Source: ARC received from Publisher for honest review

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In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power--brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished--and finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past--and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

About the Author

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess -- the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

My Thoughts

High Fantasy is a genre that is very rarely present in Young Adult fiction, and I am very happy that Morgan Rhodes took the chance to share her world with us. Falling Kingdoms follows four characters each with their own set of problems and difficulties, that make their journey only that much chalenging. 

I loved the magic element, which is always something that I find fascinating in a novel because it can be used in so many different ways to get to so many different conclusions. And in this instance I could not get enough. It added suspense, intrigue and so much mystery that at times I just wanted to know what happens!

I also liked that the story did not focus on a specific love story in particular and that many character had that plot line linked to them. But I will say that I wished that there was more of a love interest than what was given. There was potential with two characters and was completely taken aback with what happened on page 299, because I did not see that coming! And I was a little mad. 

I loved that the story was somewhat predictable but left some twist and turns for the end to make me want more right away! I loved the fact that each world within the book were cohesive and made sense as a whole and that the fantasy elements were all there. I absolutely loved this book to the point that I will tell anyone who will listen to me how amazing this book is and that they should go out and get it right away! You will not be disappointing!

4.5 Stars

Guest Post!

The magic in Falling Kingdoms
Magic in the land of Mytica (comprised of the kingdoms of icy Limeros, dying Paelsia, and affluent Auranos)—and in the entire world of Falling Kingdoms—has seemingly faded away to nothing but silly stories told to children. For a millennium, there’s been no tangible proof shown to the masses that magic is real and not only myth.

This magic is called elementia, which is elemental magic—fire, air, earth, and water.
There are those who consider themselves witches, able to mildly channel one or two
elements. Witches are rumored to be the offspring of Watchers, immortal beings who live in a place called the Sanctuary, which is set apart from the mortal world. These mortal witches can strengthen their magic with blood sacrifice—the larger the sacrifice, the greater their power will be…for a short time.

There is now a prophecy of a sorceress reborn, the likes not seen for a thousand years. A powerful being who can easily channel all four elements to use at her whim.

And there is also the legend of the Kindred—four crystals that contain the very essence of elementia. Both Watchers and mortals (those who believe in such tales) are on the hunt for this omnipotent source of magic and power.


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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one! It was a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed seeing how all the different stories linked together

  2. I love high-fantasy, so it's great that there is a YA book with that genre :) Magic is a great element and I'm happy to hear that it worked out. I can't wait to read this book! Nice review.