Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Published by Razorbill
Published On: December 3, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Maturity Level: YA - some violence
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The road to power... is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over...
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas's hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia's, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus's, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius's road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.
I’m actually really liking these covers so far. They’re very fantasy like and are actually relevant to the story.
I dove right into this book after finishing the first because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. My standards for these books seem to go up just a little bit book by book.
My New BFF
We’re still sticking with our four main characters in this book, plus an extra guy here and there. Out of all our characters I find myself drawn to Cleo the most. It’s probably because we’re kind of similar sometimes. I can’t help but smile when it’s her POV. I really love how she’s been interacting with our other characters so far. She’s unexpected sometimes and it makes her fun to read about even though she’s in a not so fun situation in this book.
For most of this book, my love was pretty evenly split between Jonas and Magnus. As the book started to wrap up, I ended up looking forward to reading about Magnus the most. Partially because I ship him with Cleo and partially because I find him a lot more interesting. He can be a little boring at time, though he’s starting to grow out of that.
I liked the writing in this book a lot more than the first. I was hooked within the first few chapters and had a hard time putting this book down. I found the plot moved a lot quicker and having all the characters interact with each other was much more interesting. You can also see a lot of character development in this book as the characters start stepping away from the adult figures and thinking for themselves.
I’m really loving where this series is going so far! My only complaint is that I don’t like Lucia all that much and I find her whole scenario a little weird. I don’t fully understand what’s happening with her and that makes her POV very confusing. I’m hoping we get to see more of her in the next book so that we can get to now her more since her presence has been a little lacking. I can tell she has a big part to play though. As for everyone else, I love them all! The romance is a little strange since there’s a lot of moving from one person to another but I think that’s realistic since our characters are all teenagers. I can’t wait until they grow up a little more and this action gets more intense!