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?
©2012 Morgan Rhodes (P)2012 Penguin Audio
"Falling Kingdoms will gut you emotionally. It will make you ache, cry, and beg for the sequel as you turn the last page. I absolutely loved it." (Julie Kagawa, New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Queen)
"This triple-layered tale of bloodshed, heartbreak, and tangled court intrigue kept me turning pages very late into the night." (Lesley Livingston, award-winning author of Wondrous Strange)
Yes, There is a lot going on in this book. Sometime I had to take it back to listen to it again but it keeps you listening to the end. And then wanting more. The only bad part was that the beginning was slow and kind of confusing till you get into the book. You need to know this book is about 4 different people in 3 different countries. They all come together but it takes time.
Cleo,she goes through so much in this book that you can't help but root for her.
He did a really good job.
The story, love, betrayal, witches, cruelty of kings, all the good stuff!
Lucia. I feel like she has so much more to explore and she had a kind but strong-willed heart.
I don't understand why he read every characters lines with such staccato! Mostly what you hear is him taking a deep breath before every line. Then each line is delivered in a hurried rush of words. His narration of the book outside of characters lines is normal but when he speaks in character its harsh, short and gives no life to the character. I didn't connect with his performance at all, which was sad because I LOVED reading this book.
I liked the scenes between Cleo and Jonas. I think they both surprised each other. I also like Lucia's scenes because that's where you see her come into her powers.
I just wish there was a different narrator. I just purchased the second book to read on my own but I don't think I'll be purchasing the audio book.
Fast, Fun, Entertaining
Fred Berman did a fantastic job bringing each character to life. Each having it's own voice, made it was easy to follow the story. He keeps the pace of the book moving along and even though this is a complicated plot, he does a great job of keeping you engaged and keeps things in line with the story being told.
I have a hard time sitting through any audio book in one sitting since I can't keep my eyes open long enough. However, even though I listened to this book at night towards bedtime, it was easy enough to pick up where I left off the night before and fully understand what was happening. Thank God for the timer in the audible listener and for bookmarks!! The narrater really does a fantastic job. The voices of each character, the emotion of them and the plot of the book were all top notch in my opinion. Can't wait for the second book now!
I hate cliff hangers! Now I have to wait for the second book to come out!
The storyline is interesting and I enjoyed the overall plot as well as the interaction between the characters. I liked that the main characters were independant and seemed to stray from the usual sterotypes.
The Narrator for this book was extremely hard for me to listen to. He speaks in a raspy sort of voice that got on my nerves after the first few chapters. His adaptation of the character's voices make them all sound pretentious and bratty and I started to hate even the main character after awhile. I ended up just reading the book rather than listen to the audiobook. I highly suggest if you are interested buying, listen closely to a clip and make sure you can handle his reading.
It by far met my expectations! Such a thrilling fantasy. In the beginning I had trouble figuring out who was who between the kingdoms and characters but the story was so intriguing that I quickly caught on. I'll be diving in to book two straight away.
No matter what misfortune happens all the characters in the book care about is what they want. They don't seem to care about how this will effect others from beginning to end.
At least after you get used to him. The first few minutes are horrible and there are other times throughout the book when the raspy, forced-fast talking comes and goes. And then he is a mouth breather, which is more annoying, but that's not as big an issue. The book itself is pretty good, not quite epic, but good. At least it's good enough for me to get the next.
I like this book, but some of the female main characters drove me nuts. ii found my self more then once wanting to reach into the book and slap some sense into her.
if your looking for a strong female lead this is not it. Quite honestly, I enjoyed most of the support characters more. Nick, and Theon (spelling) has been my faves in this story and i wish they had more screen time. The main character are maturing and hopefully learns form her mistakes, growing for the next book.
In all this book was good and sets up the next book to be great, as long their is character development.
This book was slow to develop with all the plot building and character development, but it was an interesting journey, none the less. It's kind of funny, though, because even after all that development, I felt the story and characters were somewhat shallow. There was also a lot of angst, and this is always my gripe with books in this genre, as I don't think so much angst is necessary to create tension and keep things interesting. However, I did still enjoy this story and I would like to see where it's headed. It held my interest and kept me wanting to know more. The narrator is definitely annoying, though! His women's voices are all ghastly and the men all sound somewhat ridiculous.
soooo. i forced myself to listen to it...
the performance is pretty good. but the story... (spoil alert)
jonas. he really annoys me! he doesn't try and find out what happened. he s in his own little pitiful world. cleo did not kill his brother. but he blame everything on her.
Magnus. he claim that he loves lucia, that he can do anything for her. but the things is he only loves her because she s pretty and nice. that s very shallow...
there s no depth in the characters.
i don't want to spoil it too much, so i ll leave it like this. and I don't recommend it.
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