Genre: YA Fantasy 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Goodreads Says: 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?

“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It's something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.”

What can I say?! I was all in on this book because of the cover and the promising synopsis. Fantasy holds a special place in my heart because of the fact that it was the first genre I read when I was allowed to pick a read for myself.  So yeah, I had to read this one.

I’m so glad that I did.

First impression within minutes of starting this read: Ha! This reads like a Spanish novela!

If you’re not familiar with a Spanish novela then let me explain. In Spanish novelas you are introduced to at least 50 different characters. Most don’t know each other but yet are connected in ways that their lives are affected in major ways along the way. You always have drama, over the top dialog as well as crazy circumstances that are entertaining nonetheless.

This is exactly what Falling Kingdoms was like.

There was drama, action, romance, and most of all, an array of characters that were all brought together because of one senseless death.

I really liked this read. It was incredibly entertaining. I think the only thing I found fault with was that it took a really long time to understand the relationships or connections between so many characters. You were forced to go along with it until you finally figured out who was who and the why’s.  It wasn’t confusing but it got to the point where I couldn’t stop thinking where is this leading to and where is the connection. Even then, the political intrigue, the “magic”, the history, the action, the diverse characters and their threads were all pretty great in my eyes.

The next installment will be coming out soon and I really can’t wait to see what takes place after the ending we were left with.

“Even paradise could become a prison if one had enough time to take notice of the walls.”


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