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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.

5 of 5 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!

3 of 3 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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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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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Great World

Would you consider the audio edition of Falling Kingdoms to be better than the print version?

I would consider that they are both great, as someone who loves both physical and audiobook I think that they both have their advantages. I really like the narrative but I wish that there was a full cast instead of just one man. However, he was able to give a different voice to each character which was really nice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have two favorite characters in this book, Cleo and Joans both are main characters and very important to the plot. Cleo is the Kings daughter and is very determined to find a cure for her sister which leads her into an interesting adventure and Jonas is looking for vengeance for his brother and I love how much character development.

Any additional comments?

The only downside of this book was the romances both felt very wrong for a different reason, and one came straight out of nowhere and was so predictable that it was a bit ridiculous.

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I am always looking for some good fantasy books.

“Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes was our second book club pick. I actually ended up listening to the audiobook more than reading the book itself. I will cover the audiobook towards the end because I have thoughts on that too.

I feel like I read this a bit late. I think if I would have read this when it came out, I probably would have been more impressed. Since I Read this years later, I feel like there is a lot better fantasy books out there. With that being said, I don’t think it was a bad book, just not the greatest.

I am always looking for some good fantasy books. I read a lot of dystopian but I like to mix it up with some fantasy and contemporary too. I have a desire to keep myself rounded. With this being my newest fantasy try I was wishing for more fantasy elements and less drama.

What I liked:

I love that two of the leads are women. I tend to find that a lot of fantasy books have male leads, so I do like when the genre gets mixed up a bit and there are female leads.
I love the cover. I do think this should count for something.
I am intrigued by the world. I don’t think the world building was terrific but I am very curious about it.
Magic. I want to know more.
What I disliked:

Why are there so many characters? I feel like “Falling Kingdoms” had way too many characters. I had a hard time trying to keep up with everyone. I feel like it didn’t give the reader enough time to get to know the characters.
So many different plots and sub-plots. I feel like this book had a lot of things going on. I didn’t know what to focus on. I was listening to the audiobook and I finally had to give up on keeping track of the kingdoms, so that way I could just try to keep track of the characters. It felt like every character had its own plot and several sub-plots. I think there is way too much going on.
The magic was confusing and not focused on much. I really want to know more. I hope it develops better.
All the blackmailing. I have never read a book with so much blackmail. Don’t the characters have better things to do?
Wrap up:

I am interested in the series enough to read the next one. I really hope that the story line improves because I am not impressed at this point in time. I feel like “Falling Kingdoms” is no where near as good as some of the other fantasy stories out there. Like I said, I am interested in finding out what happens next, so it does have that going for it.

The audiobook was really confusing in the beginning. I feel like I finally got a hang of it a few chapters in but it was very hard to keep track of all the characters and kingdoms on the audiobook.

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started put great, couldn't finish.

horrible book, I'm not sure how anyone could like it. it feels like gane of thrones mixed with avatar and written by a 5 year old. There are so many characters that they have no time for development and if they where to be killed off there is little reason to care. people fall in love with each other so often it feels so awkward. There was a scene that said "she won't give up that easily" then gives up a few sentences later letting another person tale the burden for her.
this is by far the worse book I've purchased from auditable. the only redeeming factor is the narrator is suburb, to bad he spent his talents on this disastrous book.