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Quick Snacks: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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?

I had every intention of reviewing this book, but clearly I didn't get around to doing that, and I thought it would be a better idea to give some idea of my thoughts as opposed to none at all. I'm not sure why, but I had high expectations for this novel; I was hoping for an epic fantasy adventure, and unfortunately, Falling Kingdoms wasn't quite that. The constant switching back and forth between each distinct storyline made it hard to keep track of what was going on overall and to get a sense of each of the main characters. Additionally, I felt that the plot and action dragged a bit until the very end of the book. The story overall was still good, but its execution left me disappointed.

Rating: 3.5

Review copy from BEA

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