Thursday, November 19, 2015

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

      In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.
     As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
     The only outcome that's certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
It's the eve of war.... Choose your side.
     Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.
     Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people's revolution centuries in the making.
     Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
     Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....

Book Beginning:
     She'd never killed before tonight.
"Stay back," her sister hissed.

I'm being as vague as possible here. This book has a really great opening and I want to keep things as much of a mystery as possible.

Page 56:
"Do you have a problem with that?" There was something in the kings gaze that betrayed his otherwise casual manner this afternoon. Something restrained below the surface. Cleo's words of protest  died on her lips. There was no way her father could know her secret.... could he?

I love this series, but in comparison to the rest of the books that are out, this one is slightly boring, there wasn't any great options for the 56 this time, and that book that I'm currently reading had an very dull 56, so I went with a book that I've already read.


  1. Sounds intense! The beginning definitely pulls you in. I'm wondering who she's going to kill and why. The 56 is good too. I'm curious about what her secrets are. Sorry that this one was not as good as the rest. It always seems like in every series there's one book that's just kind of meh.

    1. It's more of that each book just keeps getting better. This was a great start to the series, and is still an amazing book, but the third book, the most recent until the fourth book comes out next month, is just so intense that the first book feels really tame in comparison.

  2. The beginning is great - I'm going to need to add this series to my reading list - it sounds good! Here's my Friday post

  3. Thanks for keeping it a mystery. I like the Beginning.

  4. I've been wanting to read this series! What do you think of it

    1. Possibly the best YA High Fantasy series I have ever read. There is a lot to love about this series,

  5. I had this one on my TBR mountain but donated it during one of my purges. I just never had a chance to read it and wanted to pass it along to someone who would have the time. It sounds exciting. Happy reading!

  6. I have been wanting to read this for awhile. Just never seems to be enough time to read all the books I want to read.

  7. I wasn't a big fan of this one, but I'm glad you enjoy the series. Have a great weekend!
    My 56

  8. The Goodreads button isn't working which sucks, cause now I have to search to make sure it's on my wishlist... lol... Happy weekend!

    1. Fixed the button! :)

      This series is so good and I am beyond excited to read the fourth book, especially after what happens in the third book on page 397 of the hardcover edition. I squealed at a certain part. :)

    2. Thanks for the fix, and extra thoughts on the series!

  9. I've really been wanting to try this series! Thanks for sharing!

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