Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Goodreads Stars: 1
As you can tell by my ratings, I didn’t enjoy this book in the slightest. I was looking for a good fantasy with strong characters, but I didn’t get that with Falling Kingdoms. The following review is kinda all over the place, because my thoughts are still a jumbled mess. I’ve tried to make it organised but… well, see for yourself what a poor job I’ve done of it!
Warning: Ranting ahead…
Lack of Mystery: If you didn’t know that Lucia was going to be “the chosen one”, then I don’t know what book you were reading because it was made pretty clear from the synopsis and first chapter. This book was utterly predictable, and since everything was set out on the table already it was boring to read.
Sloooowwwww: Things happened at 60% that should have been happening at 30%. It was ridiculously dull, and took ages to get to the action. Unlike A Song of Ice and Fire, the political scenes are not that interesting.
Not Enough Magic: Where were the elemental powers? It was the one thing that made me pick this book up so soon. I ADORE elemental powers in YA. But in Falling Kingdoms they barely made an appearance. It was so disappointing, and I felt rather ripped off.
Incest: Magnus had feelings for his (adopted) sister. He tries to hide them, but it doesn’t do much good. I wouldn’t have minded this so much if it had been believable – and if Game of Thrones hadn’t done it first – but instead it was ridiculous. To top it off, their relationship was BORING. There was barely any drama there, aside from Magnus being in love with Lucia.
Cleo: Cleo is quite honestly one of the worst characters I have ever read about in YA. She’s an awful, AWFUL character. She is meant to be fiery and strong, but instead she’s simply a rude cow. She was spoilt, and wanted everything done her own way. And, of course, she’s so beautiful that she has three guys after her. It was overkill. She also had a deep secret, which really wasn’t DEEP.
Cleo x Theon: This ridiculous instalove had me rolling my eyes. I was tempted to give up as soon as Theon said he was falling for Cleo, since they’d barely said three sentences to each other. How did it even happen? They had two interactions, and then were suddenly in love with each other! Theon kisses her, and suddenly she’s head over heels for him. What?! Are his kisses really that good?!
Jonas: Jonas was the only thing I liked (using that term lightly) about the book. He set off to avenge his brother, and was the only one that seemed to get anything done. My liking for him would probably change if I were to read the upcoming sequel (which I won’t be doing, by the way) since he’s probably going to fall in love with Cleo as well.
Well, there you have it. A choppy rant on Falling Kingdoms. I won’t be reading the sequel or recommending this to anyone. Or maybe I should rec it to Tatum for the lulz.