Review | Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes


Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: December 11th, 2012

Read as: Audio

Average Goodreads rating: 3.82

My rating: 3

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….

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.”


Have you ever picked up a book and you can’t remember why you picked it up or what inspired you to do so? That is me with Falling Kingdoms. Sure, I’d seen that attention grabbing cover here and there over the last couple of years but I had never been inspired to read it. For some reason, I hopped onto Audible one day and purchased it. Oh impulse book purchasing. Sometimes I find a real winner, other times a complete dud.

I do enjoy audiobooks although I admit it is not for everyone. One thing that can really pull you in is a great narrator. Fred Berman, who narrated this book, did a fantastic job. He really gave each character life and their personality really shined through in his voice acting. I’ll be looking up more books that he has narrated because he was truly that good.

That being said, the book itself was very lackluster. There are so many characters and the story is told from multiple points of view which has always been a pet peeve of mine. When you get too many POVs going it is difficult to get pulled into a story. I was probably a quarter way into the book before I finally got it sorted in my head who everyone was. Honestly, by that point, it didn’t matter who anyone was because the plot hadn’t grabbed me anyway.

I would like to make a point about the characters, though, even if they didn’t inspire much love from me they were all gloriously flawed. That is something I always look for in a story. I don’t want perfectly little characters that can do no wrong or have all of their faults excused away. I want characters with issues, ones that make bad decisions and suffer the consequences of those decisions. In that way, this story was spot on. Those faults and issues allow for character growth and I could clearly see the character’s development by the end.

Something that truly struck me funny about the story has to do with the overall plot. It rings eerily similar to GRRM’s Game of Thrones. Albeit a watered down, YA version but the plot points were all there. Princess Cleo – Sansa in that she starts off as a spoiled, bratty girl that thinks she is always right but grows and learns from her mistakes and that people are actually out to get her. Magnus is even voiced to sound like Jon Snow. I won’t go through each of the points here but needless to say that if you’ve read or watched Game of Thrones you already know this story.

This story was mildly entertaining but I don’t think that I can give it much more than that. There were too many characters to keep track of and you didn’t get enough time with any of them to start to care about them. While this seems to be a moderately popular series I don’t believe that it is one that I am going to continue on with in the future.



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