Sixteen-year-old Cleo has grown up in luxury, the royal heiress to a prosperous kingdom. But beneath her nation’s seemingly peaceful surface lies dangerous unrest. Whispers of war are growing ever louder—intensified by a murderous incident for which Cleo’s betrothed, Aron, is accused.
Amidst the ongoing intrigue, Cleo has a more desperate mission. She defies her father’s orders and sets off on a secret and perilous journey into a neighboring country, seeking a magic long thought to be mythical. If it’s real, it could be the cure that heals her ailing sister. If it’s only legend, Cleo will be stranded in a kingdom that has just declared war on her own.
I am a fan of a good fantasy, and Falling Kingdoms certainly seems like it will have all the makings of a good fantasy. The thought of kingdoms on the brink of war, murderous intrigues, and magic—ooh, it makes me so excited!
I'm also enthralled with the cover art of this book. The robed figure in the foreground holding a dagger and clutching, perhaps, a stake? The misty, eerie background of a castle fortress shrouded in mist while birds wheel through the sky. I have no idea what's going on in this scene, but you can be sure, I really want to know.
Releases December 11, 2012 from Penguin Young Readers Group.