Publication Order of Falling Kingdoms Books
|Falling Kingdoms||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Rebel Spring||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Gathering Darkness||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Frozen Tides||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Crystal Storm||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Falling Kingdoms is a series of fantasy novels written by Morgan Rhodes. This young adult series revolves around a group of teenagers caught up in a conflict amongst the kingdoms of Mytica.
Falling Kingdoms follows Princesses Cleo and Lucia, Prince Magnus and Jonas the Wine Seller’s Son. Mytica is a land divided amongst the kingdoms of Limeros in the North, Paelsia in the Middle and Auranos in the South.
Mytica has been at peace, albeit with a lingering tension between the kingdoms, for a very long time. However, conflict begins to brew as the confrontations between the kingdoms grow more heated.
Falling Kingdoms has been aptly described by some people as Game of Thrones for Younger readers. The series plays with betrayal, love, lies and political intrigue, though the novels shy away from the explicit sex and violence that is so vividly explored in the “Song of Ice and Fire’ novels.
Despite this comparison, Falling Kingdoms is a very simple read. The concepts are simpler and the conflict between the three kingdoms doesn’t descend to the convoluted levels witnessed in George R.R. Martin’s works.
That being said, the emphasis is placed on the distinct nature of the three kingdoms, which vary rather drastically, not only in their cultures but economic status as well.
The story is told from the perspective of a number of characters. This allows readers to gain intriguing insight into the war from a number of vantage points. Additionally, the characters are not only distinct from one another but well developed, flawed and surprisingly likable.
There are elements of magic that, while subtle in the beginning, eventually inundate the story, especially when the novels begin exploring the Watchers, god-like beings with an important role to play in the events befalling Mytica.
While the series does get dark in some instances, Falling Kingdoms never really strays away from its Young Adult roots. The story is clearly written for a specific-younger-audience, though some aspects will appeal to older readers.
Falling Kingdoms is written my Morgan Rhodes. Morgan Rhodes is the pseudonym of Michelle Rowen.
Rowen primarily uses the Rhodes pseudonym to explore the young adult genre. She is known for tackling fantasy and paranormal romance. Winner of a Holt Medallion for Best First Book, as a child Rowen often dreamt of being a princess.
Not the kind that hid in castles waiting for a knight in shining armor but a warrior, wielding a great sword and fighting to save kingdoms and even princes from dragons and dark lords.
She had to settle for a career as a writer, which, while less dangerous, provides its own thrills and adventures. This winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Vampire Romance loves photography and traveling.
She also enjoys reality TV. As a reader, she has no particular taste and will, in fact, read anything she comes across. Even with the success she has garnered as Michelle Rowen, the author has also done quite well with the Morgan Rhodes Pseudonym.
Peace has reigned in the magic free kingdoms of Mytica for many centuries. Now unrest has begun to simmer, tension and fear arising from beneath the surface.
There is a struggle for power within the upper echelons of each of the three kingdoms, and the subjects are suffering the brutal consequences of these conflicts. Four players stand ready to change the fate of the land forever, both royals and rebels
Cleo, Magnus, Lucia and Jonas will have to navigate the treacherous world of secret alliances, murder, and unexpected love. A princess raised in the lap of luxury must embark on a difficult journey to the heart of the enemy camp in hopes of finding forgotten magics.
A rebel enraged at the injustice around him, strikes against the forces that continue to bleed his already impoverished country dry.
A sorceress born into the royal family discovers the supernatural legacy she wields, while a firstborn son bred for aggression will learn of all the harsh dangers hidden within the heart.
You cannot help but compare Falling Kingdoms to Game of Thrones. The brutality and complexity of the story will appeal to fans of George R.R. Martin’s work. As far as high fantasy novels go, the otherworldly elements of this book are impressing, presenting a brand new world into which readers can immerse themselves.
That being said, it isn’t exactly original, at least with regards to the concept. This isn’t the first book to features princesses escaping forced marriages or princes that fall for the wrong girl.
And the fact that magic was long since lost and currently stands at the brink of re-emergence is the sort of thing some people might yawn at. The reason Falling Kingdoms is popular, though, isn’t because of its unique concept but, rather, the author’s impressive approach to storytelling.
While it is easy to criticize, one cannot deny the fact that this book is really addictive.
Auranos has finally fallen. The three kingdoms are united, unwillingly, as the country of Mytica. However, all is not well. Dark magic beckons and there are those that will seek it with the intention of ruling, not only Mytica, but the world.
Four young people stand at the heart of this new contention, grasping for this dangerous magic and the promises it makes. While Cleo desires to regain her royal seat, Jonas seeks the power to free his nation.
Lucia will stop at nothing to see her destiny fulfilled and an ancient prophesy manifested. For Magnus, this magic proffers a chance to prove himself in the eyes of his cruel father Gaius, the new ruler of the country of Mytica.
Gaius’ decision to link the whole land and its kingdoms via a road reaching into the forbidden mountains will spark a fire in the hearts of people, initiating unexpected consequences on a cosmic scale.
If anyone thought that Falling Kingdoms shared an interesting resemblance with Game of Thrones, Rebel Spring does nothing to dispel those comparisons. The novel follows tropes anyone that has read fantasy will recognize, with many elements of the book harkening back to very particular plot points in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
Rebel Spring gets away with these comparisons because the novel is unbelievably well written, each scene designed to compel you to read more and more.Book Series In Order » Characters » Falling Kingdoms