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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #12

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Title: Falling Skies
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Date: December 11th, 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?

     Falling Kingdoms is one of those books that I've stumbled upon. The genre Fantasy has a competitor in it this time, and Morgan Rhodes has her hands full with this staple fantasy novel. I have heard a few expectations and notions that this book would be a good novel to get my hands on. As well its on a staff pick over at Barnes & Noble, and I wanted to see if their judgement could be trusted. I hope to pick this up over the next few weeks and delve into it.

     I love the fact that there is four characters in this novel, my issue with this is how many other characters will come into the story because of this? As in will we see their friends, their family? There is the possibility of having too many characters in the novel and confusing the audience if not done right or well, and I'm a bit worried on that topic.

     I am looking forward to seeing how the story is told. How the Matched trilogy where each chapters is told by a different character's perspective is the best alternative; I personally would avoid the whole J.K. Rowling Casual Vacancy way of going about the description. I do not like chapters that jump around all over the place and have no cohesive reason for being strung together. In Casual Vacancy, yes, all the events took place in the same day, but time is not a good reason to lump all events together in one chapter.

     In Falling Kingdoms there is three kingdoms that are waiting in peace and looking for just about any reason to go to war. I am curious to see the three kingdoms and learn what they stand for, how they are transforming their people, and to understand the basic culture of the kingdoms that preside int his fantasy. At the same time I an curious to see what exactly will happen with the war that will come eventual and why the four characters are even present in the synopsis. Either way, I want to read this book!
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