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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

"Morgan Rhodes has created a rich, living fantasy world and characters that immediately draw the reader in. This is one of those series you can't help but be obsessed with. I can't wait to see what happens next!" (Richelle Mead, number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Vampire Academy and The Glittering Court)

"An otherworldly epic...evocative and intricate.” (Publishers Weekly

"From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel is the first in a projected series that will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued.” "(Booklist)   

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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.

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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!

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I'm not caught, but I'm biting

I liked a couple of the characters a lot, most of them enough.

I liked that important characters died--I wasn't expecting most the deaths.

I liked the more or less unique take on elemental magic.

And I liked how I have no idea who is going to end up with whom, though I do have strong suspicions.

It wasn't my favorite, and I imagine I'd have taken forever to finish it if I hadn't gotten it on audio, but I did already order the second book--so four stars it deserves.

The narrator was quite often confusing to listen to. I think it was partly because there were so few he said/she saids, so conversations were hard to follow even between a girl and a boy.

I don't know. I just didn't like the narrator.

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Abandoned halfway

I realized this morning that I was dreading picking up this book where I left off.

I couldn't face yet one more character making a stupid, irrational decision. The iron hand of fate is making their decisions for them: there's no motive anywhere except that the author has arbitrarily decided that character X will do something dumb and character Y will respond illogically. I just can't take it any longer.

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pretty good

I liked the story. it was easy to listen to and held my interest. it was somewhat predictable. the narrator takes a deep audible breath at the beginning of most sentences which was annoying but his reading was good. It was good enough that I want to listen to the next one.

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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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very nice. should become a movie

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

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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!

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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.

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slow start to a good book

slow to start but it vastly improves after the exposition. slightly predictable but action packed enough to make it worthwhile.

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