Review: "Falling Kingdoms" by Morgan Rhodes

There is nothing more exciting than discovering a new author, and I have made quite the discovery in Morgan Rhodes. Morgan Rhodes has earned her spot on my list of new favorites with her book, Falling Kingdoms. As before, I will attempt to keep this review spoiler free for those of you who are willing to try something new. I will begin with the summary of this book:

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and four young people collide against one another and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

Rhodes' story quickly centers on four main characters that provide her readers with a lense into four very distinct perceptions of the main conflict occurring between the warring nations. These characters include Princess Cleiona (Cleo for short) who is the princess of the nation of Auranos, Princess Lucia who is the princess of the nation of Limeros, her brother Magnus, and Jonas the son of a poor wine merchant from the nation of Paelsia.

One of my favorite aspects of this story is how effortlessly Rhodes tangles the stories between these four characters and never fails to add to the tention of every fateful encounter. Every character is amazingly written and unique (Cleo and Magnus were my personal favorites of the cast) in their struggle to not only take part in the great war of their nations, but to find their proper places in the world.

There is very little about this story that I dislike, but if there are aspects of it I do dare critique, it is that I did often find myself being unable to keep track of characters during the battles taking place in the book. That being said, battlefields are supposed to be disordely and keep your characters from being able to track one another. In one case however, I did notice Magnus' character somehow managed to travel incredibly fast from "point A" to "point B" in half the time it took other characters to do the same. This could simply be my lack of focusing on details, but it was a bit too incredible. I am one to let those things go however, since I am guilty of doing this in my own writing.

Regardless, I am deeply excited to get my hands on the sequel, Rebel Spring. I highly reccomend this book if you are looking for a great new fantasy series that is bursting with potential.

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