Falling Kingdoms in the first book within the series and as the title connotes it is about a fantastical kingdom on the verge of collapse. Within the novel we follow different characters, royalty and townsfolk, in their roles in causing the collapse. Princess Cleo searches for forgotten magic in her enemies kingdom; Jonas seeks revenge on royalty and Lucia and Magnus battle hidden secrets and dark decisions.
I enjoyed this book immensely and loved the way in which each perspective was incorporated with each other. They flowed really easily so that there was no ‘real’ break within the story making it a quick read and one that you don’t want to put down. The fact Rhodes uses many different perspectives almost makes it like watching a TV show, as you become engrossed within each individual story/ character development but you also watch how each path changes the full outcome. Another good aspect is that you start to develop a ‘favourite perspective’ (mine would have to be Cleo’s) and so you route for your character to ‘win’. I also love the list of characters at the front of the book, I sometimes seem to forget which sides people are on and so it was a helpful reminder.
The politics within the novel was also very realistic and relatable which I felt was a key part that connects the reader to the book. It discusses cases of poverty and starvation which is a key issue in the world and I feel that it portrayed well the significance of solving this. Rhodes is a very emotive writer and her language is easy to understand. She makes it so you feel for the characters and the dangers and loss that they feel.
It is clear to see why people have compared this book to Game of Thrones as it carries the same dramatic violence and captivating stories that you just can’t put down. I think that’s why I felt compelled to order the second book as soon as I finished this one. Rhodes just knows how to keep readers immersed in her fantastical world full of feuds, betrayal and even slight romances.
I highly recommend this to people who enjoyed Game of Thrones or Throne of glass, as it holds the same blood thirsty drive with a magical twist. I can understand why some people feel that this book lacks originality as some of the plot it similar to other books but I feel this is only minor and can be overlooked, I mean most books are alike. Really looking forward to seeing where this series will lead next.
No. of pages – 427
Publication date – 11th December, 2012
Rating – 3.5/5 stars
Quote – ‘Even paradise could become a prison if one had time to take notice of the walls.’