Fantasy fans better prepare themselves, because Morgan Rhodes’ recently released book, Falling Kingdoms, is about to knock their socks off! Following the lives of four teenagers from three different kingdoms, the book is jammed pack with adventure, magic, battles, and betrayals! When Cleo, the princess of Auranos, travels to the neighbouring kingdom of Paelsia to buy some wine, the last thing she expects is for her travelling companions to start an argument that leads to the killing of a poor wine merchant’s son. While the event seems meaningless at first, the Paelsians use the boy’s death as an excuse to partner with the kingdom of Limeros and finally proclaim war against the prospering Auranians. What the Paelsians don’t realize, however, is that the King of Limeros has plans of his own, and that waiting in the shadows is a secret weapon that could change the fates of all three kingdoms over night.
As a fantasy enthusiast I absolutely devoured Falling Kingdoms in the course of a few days. I especially loved the author’s decision to narrate the book through the alternating perspectives of Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia, which helped to develop the characters and show every side of the conflict. These different viewpoints also upheld a level of suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats after every chapter to find out what would happen to their favourite character next. That isn’t to say, however, that the book was full of surprises or huge plot twists. Falling Kingdoms was predictable at times, but was nevertheless an extremely enjoyable read.
Although I am hesitant to say this (out of fear of outraging hardcore George R. Martin fans), I would have to agree with the publisher’s comparison of Falling Kingdoms to the ever popular Game of Thrones series. Like Game of Thrones the characters aren’t perfect, there is a slightly uncomfortable brother/sister romance, and of course plenty of action and adventure. Does that mean Falling Kingdoms is as good as Game of Thrones? Heck no! Game of Thrones is in its own class! Falling Kingdoms is, however, a good introduction to the fantasy genre for teen readers who may be interested in the Game of Thrones series in the future.
Rating: 4 Stars