Published: 11th December 2012
Series: Yes - Falling Kingdoms Book #1
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy, Magic
Obtained From: eARC from Penguin Books Australia via Netgalley
Read from November 27 to December 2, 2012
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?
The narrative is split and told from multiple POV's. I didn't realise this until I finished the first chapter. I'll be honest I'm not much of a fan of multiple POV's. It wasn't too bad in this book, though a couple were more significant in the story.
I struggled to like Cleo and the rest of the characters in her part of the story. For the most part, I found her to be immature, stubborn and selfish. She does go through character growth by the end of the novel. Sadly it comes at a high price for her.
I liked Lucia's and Magnus story the most. It had the most plot twists including a revelation (though I kind of guessed it beforehand). Both characters developed well within the story, though it was a little sad to see where Magnus's character was heading.
This book isn't short on action or blood shed. A great fantasy which features battles for the throne, romance, and some magic. Definitely worth reading if you're a fan of fantasy.
"Ah. I've found rumours have much in common with feathers. It's rare that either holds much weight." ~ Loc 441
"Follow your heart wherever it leads. Appreciate life, Cleo. It's a gift that can be stolen at any time." ~ Loc 1715
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