Title: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 11, 2012
“The truth is only dangerous if it can inflict injury.”
Fantasy stories either wow me or I think they’re just okay. Falling Kingdoms fell into the second category for me. I liked parts of it and I felt the potential and foundations for a great series, but it didn’t feel like the story went all in. Set in the divided land of Mythica, we follow 4 strangers whose lives intersect as a power struggle erupts between the three countries and an ancient magic is beginning to resurface.
Things I Liked
I am a sucker for power plays and politics in a fantasy story. Magic is great and all, but give me schemes and plotting any day. (Or better yet both!) I really loved seeing the underhandedness and manipulations that characters use to get what they want, or what they think they deserve.
I really liked half of the worldbuilding in the story. While the actual land of Mythica felt lackluster and flat, I really enjoyed the culture of each country and seeing how they viewed magic, religion, and their rulers.
Things I Didn’t Like
While there were things that I liked in the story, it didn’t grip me. The characters all felt similar but I did like that they’re all mostly morally grey even if they are all impulsive and not the best decision makers, the plot is so weak and a non-factor for most of the book. If felt more like setup plot to get to a bigger story down the line.
I’m definitely going to give book 2 a shot and we’ll see about the rest of the series from there because I have heard some mixed reviews as the series goes on. But I thought that Falling Kingdoms was a good, if unoriginal, entry into YA fantasy that kept me entertained.