Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Holy shit. I don’t even fully understand what I’ve just read but it was exciting and I’m here for it. Honestly, I was sort of worried when I saw that Falling Kingdoms was ‘perfect for fans of Game of Thrones’. Why? Because Game of Thrones is too fucking advanced for my small mind, okay? There are dragons and a big arse throne that must be hell to sit on, and a whole lot of politics. That’s all I can get from GoT.
Plus, I was sort of finished when that horse got beheaded in the first book. I’m an animal loving vegetarian, and I don’t need that kind of emotional stress in my life.
BUT I’m happy to report that I loved Falling Kingdoms! It was confusing at first and there was a whole lot of politics and, well, kingdoms to get used to, but once I got the hang of it I was having the time of my life.
(Does anyone else ever read a book that’s pretty complicated but you manage to keep up with it and it makes you feel mega intelligent? This is one of those books for me.)
Falling Kingdoms follows three kingdoms as they each grapple for power. Paelisa is a dying kingdom, relying solely on their vineyards and their wine trade. Auranos is the rich neighbour that everybody hates because they’re so rich and prospering. Limeros is sort of in the middle, and has a complete power-hungry bastard of a king (he goes by the King of Blood if you were unsure of his character).
Cleo, a princess from Auranos, is on a trip to Paelisa for some of their famed wine when one of the lords she’s travelling with murders the wine seller’s son, Tomas. His death is used as an excuse for Paelisa and Limeros to team up and take Auranos for themselves.
Jonas is Tomas’s brother, and is hell-bent on revenge. He focuses his hatred on Cleo, and encourages the conquering of Auranos – until he learns just how ruthless the King of Blood is.
Magnus and Lucia are the son and daughter of the King of Blood. Lucia is an all powerful sorceress who needs to learn how to use her powers, while Magnus sort of just lurks around in the background, pining for her.
My favourite character is definitely Cleo, despite her being incredibly childish and bratty at times. Despite her rash behaviour, I loved her. She’s spoiled and naïve and sometimes a bit dim, but her heart is in the right place.
I really hope that in the next books that Magnus has more growth as a character. I feel like he has a lot of potential, but he didn’t really do anything other than tell himself he has a heart of ice.
I literally cannot wait to continue this series!
(Amazon better pull their fucking socks up and step up to the podium because their delivery times just aren’t up to par like really just deliver my freaking book already).