Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowan
Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill
Genre: YA, Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
3.5 Stars. But let me just say that I continued on and EVERY book in this series just gets better and better.
This series was explained to me as a YA version of Game of Thrones… which literally meant nothing as I’ve never seen that show (sorry, I just don’t want to see that many body parts on a regular basis.) But I was assuming this was going to be some sort of raging clan vs kingdom business. I was pretty much right.
Even though this book was 100% up my alley, I had a difficult time staying connected to the story. So I have a few talking points below that summarize what I think did and didn’t work for this series.
1. The Multiple POVs felt a bit jarring.
Just when I started to care about a character, I was jolted between views and left trying to figure out where I was again. I’m always hesitant about multiple POV books as this rings true to several of the ones i’ve read. That being said, I think it can be done right (Example: Darker Shade of Magic; Throne of Glass; Ember in the Ashes). In this book, there were just too many POVs that I didn’t care about.
2. Magnus and his bad self
I’m not going to lie. I totally decided to read this series because of what I’ve heard about Magnus. And folks, you were right about him. I LOVE THIS CHARACTER. But I didn’t fall in love with his character until book 3 or so. Sure, I was mildly intrigued… but come on.. the sister thing? Nope . Not OK. It was just weird. (Please note that in the following books, this is resolved.) Additionally, I didn’t love how sissy he was in this book, but I get it… character development. So don’t give up on him… he does eventually become everything you want him to.
3. The whole ‘Immortals’ business
Yikes. The whole mythology business that Rhodes was trying to establish just didn’t quite work for me. I think others enjoy this bit- but I just wasn’t a fan. The world building that went into the “immortal realms” felt very weak.
So what did work for me?
-The general politics and chess like war strategy
-Mytica; the general world building for the mortal realms (very easy to follow, easy to relate with)
-The fact that all the characters start out weak and relatable is refreshing; so you know we’ll see them grow
-The common knowledge that book 3 and 4 are awesome (so don’t give up on this series!)