Synopsis & Review
If people tell you that Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is the Young Adult version of Game of Thrones, they are speaking the truth. Having read the first book in the wonderful series written by George R. R. Martin, I can tell you that it is exactly like that. It is not like this book has the same or similar plot, characters and settings but it is because it has the same level of excitement. And this is a GOOD thing because A Game of Thrones can be too heavy for young teens who just want an exciting fantasy read with highly political story.
Falling Kingdoms follows three kingdoms and one fantasy land as their separate lives begin to intervene with each other after one incident that triggers everything. As they each fight to protect their own family, they begin to realize that things are not so black and white and sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
The reason why Falling Kingdoms is so captivating to me is because it features 4 point of views and the way they just fit together is pure perfection. One of the reasons why Game of Thrones is so appealing to me is because the multiple POVs make it very easy to know more about the characters. Morgan Rhodes’ method of focusing on 4 POVs also achieves the purpose of letting readers know the characters. She also successfully makes people fall in love with all the characters, which makes it extremely fun as people start wanting to find a villain out of all these people.
In terms of the fantasy, it is not in Falling Kingdoms for the most part, which works perfectly fine for me. Morgan Rhodes really takes the time in this book to develop the characters and build up the setting. As a result, the plot and the fantasy might be a little bit slacking. However if building the world is what she is trying to achieve in Falling Kingdoms, I am totally okay with that.
Overall, I believe that Falling Kingdoms is one great introduction to a greater series. The only slight problem that I have with this exhilarating title is that it is at times quite predictable. I can only hope that as the series goes on, the plot will continue to improve as I believe that they have a great potential to be something great.