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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

" 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)

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Surprisingly good!

Would you listen to Falling Kingdoms again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cleo,she goes through so much in this book that you can't help but root for her.

What about Fred Berman’s performance did you like?

He did a really good job.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very intriguing and fast paced

What did you love best about Falling Kingdoms?

I enjoyed every minute. The narrator did a superb job.

What did you like best about this story?

Different POV and moral ambiguity of the characters.

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Passion. He was able to make me believe he "was" the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

Any additional comments?

Must read!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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very nice. should become a movie

very nice. should become a movie. just awsome! now I havê to read the other 2 bookd

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book!

If you like magic, then you'll love this book like I did! . This is such an amazing book and I'm really excited to read the next one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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emissions we're tense, dramatic, over going

I loved it, I loath other books but not this saga of books. This first book is emotional, dramatic along with a story of 3 kingdoms. I'm in 5th grade and has read this book and it has interested me nor my mind. You shall read this book it is quite delightful

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Great Book - Not a fan of the Narrator

What made the experience of listening to Falling Kingdoms the most enjoyable?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States
  • 02-19-13

Fun entertaining book

If you could sum up Falling Kingdoms in three words, what would they be?

Fast, Fun, Entertaining

What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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!

Any additional comments?

I hate cliff hangers! Now I have to wait for the second book to come out!

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  • yun
  • Carol Stream, IL, United States
  • 06-24-14

well.....

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A struggle

My review is honestly more so about the series then the first book together. If I am being 100% honest, this book requires fighting to get through. The characters aren't developed at all, you will hear about a fairly minor plot point described 100 times in the exact same way, and will want to give up on the book. The romance is extremely forced between characters in the first two books, and one of those romances (which isn't a slow burn by any means) will continue to be brought up until the end of the series at this point.

That being said, don't give up. The first and second books almost lost me as a reader due to the problems stated above, but I had extra credits and needed something to listen to while driving, so I kept going. When you get to the later books the characters begin to have so much more to them and it really feels like Morgan Rhodes becomes much more comfortable in her writing style. This honestly becomes a strong series, and I would highly recommend this series to anyone, but again YOU WILL NEED TO FIGHT THROUGH THE FIRST BOOK AND A HALF MINIMUM before you really enjoy it.

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In the end I loved it

This was my first time listing to a fantasy audio book and it took me a bit to get used to the male narrators voice. But by the end I really enjoyed the story and overall storytelling of narrator he does great on the male characters.