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December 7, 2012

Blog Tour: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – Review & Interview

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by the blog for our Tour Stop for

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

presented by Razorbill Canada!

Aside from our review, we are so excited to have Morgan
stop by the blog and discuss some of her top favorites!

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
Publication Date:  December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Razorbill
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** This title was provided to us by the Publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

 

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes has solidified the reason why I love reading so much.  To be swept away into a tale of high fantasy where magic exists, the world is diverse, and the characters are unforgettable.

From the moment I read the synopsis and saw the cover, I knew that Falling Kingdoms was a story that would treasured and memorable.  When I first cracked open the book, what did I find?  A glossary…for the characters!  At first glance, I thought that “omg, what have I gotten myself into?”  My memory is not as good as it used to be, and seeing this list of characters kinda threw me off and had me a bit worried.  But don’t fret friends!  As the chapters in the story are broken down per kingdom; Auranos, Paelsia, and Limeros; you come to know rather quickly which characters come from which kingdom.

The story follows the story of specific characters in each kingdom, which melt together to provide a seamless story hope, love, triumph, hate, and magic.  In Aurano, Princess Cleo Bellos is forced into a deadly situation thanks to the arrogance and bullheaded ness of her friend/intended, Aron.  Because of Aron’s lack of brains, he unknowingly starts a revolution by the people of Paelsia and an uprising from the people of Limeros.  Silly boy and his freakin’ love for wine.  GAH!  Not only does Princess Cleo have to deal with this new turn of events, but she also tasks herself with a quest to find some magical grape seeds, which can only be received from a mythical fallen Watcher (one who is full of magic and not from this world), in order to save her sister’s life who, it seems, is dying from a broken heart.  She must travel into the kingdom of the very people who seek revenge for one of their own, and who loathe Aurano for all it has.  It is during this quest that Princes Cleo finds more than she has bargained for.

In Paelsia, Jonas Agallon, the youngest son of a meek win seller, has only one thing on his mind.  Vengeance.   To avenge the death of his older brother, which was brought about by the hands of Aurano’s royalty.  But after much thought, Jonas, along with the aide of the Chief, have started a revolution to destroy the king of Aurano, King Corvin, and his precious daughter, Princess Cleo for what happened to Jonas’ brother, and for the suffering that the people of Paelsia has gone through in the past years.   And though all he sees in front of him is hate and revenge, situations that occur opens Jonas’ eyes to the truth, and what he needs to do in order to really set his fellow people free.

In Limeros, Prince Magnus Damora is plagued by a forbidden love, and his sister, Princess Lucia is coming to terms with some unusual things that are happening to her.   With dark secrets being brought to light, and a father, King Gaius, who rules by instilling fear and spilling blood, Prince Magnus is slowing being corrupted by his father’s ways.  Without the love of the one he holds dearest, his heart turns to ice and he follows in the footsteps of his maniacal father.   Princess Lucia learns a few new truths about her and her life, and is unaware yet of how powerful a force she is, and what her role is in her prophesized existence.

As the lives of these characters intertwine in Fallen Kingdoms, this remarkable story comes to life and I needed more.  I completely devoured this story and was left hungering for the next book.  The different plot twists and turns had my head reeling in delight and couldn’t wait to see what else could possibly happen.  The characters all had their own personalities, good or bad, that readers will thoroughly enjoy.  I found myself literally rooting for the good guy, booing the bad guy, and becoming very emotional over the significance and importance of family.

What stood out in my mind?  The bad guys…and especially King Gaius.  His conniving, lying, deceitful ways had him stand out so much in my mind.  To slowly find out what he has done, or plans to do sent shivers up and down my spine, and it was HE who provided me with so many gasp worthy moments while reading Falling Kingdoms.  Definitely a force to be reckoned with.  I cannot WAIT to see what is going to happen with him in the next book.  To even see what sort of evil he has planned up his sleeve.

And don’t even get me started on the epic battle scene, you guys!  It was like 300, Gladiator, Braveheart, Beowolf all rolled into one!  It was THE most epic battle scene I have read and it will stand out in my mind.  The buildup and anticipation that led up to the beginning of the battle draws you in, and with one final battle cry, bodies collide and insanity ensues.   The descriptions of the battle itself, the sounds, the visuals, the deaths, the carnage… all of it combined left this lasting impression in me.  I could literally see this battle jump off the pages, and hear the clanging of the swords and shields, and smell the blood and sweat.  Amazing!  If there was one part in Falling Kingdoms that I would read again, it would be this battle scene…hands down!

An amazing read that fans of Kristen Cashore’s, Graceling Realm series, will devour.   If you are a lover of high fantasy, I would recommend you run out and grab a copy of Fallen Kingdoms and immerse yourself into this extraordinary world created by Morgan Rhodes.

Top Favs with Morgan Rhodes

 

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

My MacBook Pro (my life is on it!), my cat Spike, and my cat Sammy!

 

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why:

Richelle Mead – not only is she a great person who is so open and friendly with her fans, but she’s responsible for creating both Adrian Ivashkov and Dimitri Belikov.

Karen Marie Moning – I’m in love with Jericho Barrons and her Fever series, including the new spin-off, ICED.

J.K. Rowling – She’s the queen of fantasy fiction that helped an entire generation of kids discover how awesome books are, and I bow before her!

 

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

I’m not snacking so much since I’m trying to be healthy and lose weight, but in a perfect calorie-free world, I’d say: Cool Ranch Doritos, Dove Dark Chocolate, and M&Ms. :)

 

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

1)      Spend plenty of time working on outline first – for me, writer’s block is usually caused by not knowing what happens next!

2)      Take a break, go see a movie, hang out with friends – writer’s block can sometimes be caused by exhaustion and the well of imagination needing refilling.

3)      Reread what you’ve already written – it’s possible you’ve taken a wrong turn and painted yourself into a corner, plot-wise. It’s okay to revise and change direction to avoid this problem.

 

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:

Romancing the Stone – It made me want to be a writer and go chasing after treasure with a sexy mercenary. I’ve achieved one of those goals!

The Princess Bride – A fairy tale with humor and heart.

Terminator 2 – Non-stop action, with a kick-butt heroine, and Arnie catch-phrases.

 

Top 3 favorite gadgets and why:

My new iPad – I’ve resisted the iPad for a long time and finally gave in…and I love it.

My MacBook Pro – I can’t live without my laptop computer. It’s my window to the world as well as where I write my books. It’s like another limb!

My E-Reader – I didn’t think I’d like reading books on an e-reader, but I kind of love it. Makes me realize that it was never about the paper, it was about the story. (Still, I love physical books – they look so pretty on the shelf!)

 

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why:

Australia – I’ve always had a big interest in traveling to Australia one day. I love the accents, the scenery, the culture… and it is the home of my true love Hugh Jackman!

Egypt – I need to see the pyramids in person one day. I love how much history is in this country…so exciting!

Hawaii – Some days, you just need an awesome beach, a beautful view, and a fruity drink with an umbrella in it.

 

About the Author:

 

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

Connect with the Author:  Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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3 Comments

  1. Natalie Aguirre
    12/7/2012

    I am so excited to read this. Thanks so much for your fantastic review.
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  2. Ashley
    12/7/2012

    LOL the glossary scared me too! I honestly almost put the book back down. But I’m so glad I didn’t!! Really great review MaryAnn! I totally agree with your point about the bad guys. They definitely stood out in the book. Their characters were amazingly well done and you couldn’t help but love to hate them!!
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  3. Alina
    12/12/2012

    Can’t wait to read this book, it sounds awesome and I love the cover! Thanks for the review and author interview!

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