Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill Canada
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Status: Falling Kingdoms #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.
I actually finished this book back in the summer of 2014, but hadn't written a review on it till recently, when I decided to go clean my bookshelf.
Falling Kingdoms from the get-go has a lot going on (as hinted in the synopsis): four main characters, intrigue, romance, love, betrayal and rebellion.
I was initially not going to re-read this book (because I didn't really have that strong of an opinion of it the first time I read it; probably because I read it that summer I went to Quebec, and it just got jumbled with the rest of my memories), but then I remembered how much I enjoyed A Book of Spirit and Thieves.
Most books that deal with this many characters and interweaving story plots tend to get a little confusing at times, or at least, the book focuses more on specific characters', and tends to forget the others- that was not the case with Falling Kingdoms. At times, yes, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to other books and television shows I've read/seen at the moment, but for a 1st book in a huge series, it does set the tone for the other books that follow it. There's a lot in this book, and the plot may seem easy to follow at first, but the actions created by the characters hint at a larger and much more horrific battle than they all ever imagined.
While I did find some parts slow, it was a great story overall. I totally recommend this novel to anyone that's a fan of high fantasy.