Falling Kingdoms Series – Morgan Rhodes (Author Q&A) + Swag and Series Giveaway

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About the Falling Kingdoms Series:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.

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 love.

In AURANOS, privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse.

In LIMEROS, the king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying family secret about her birth that will change everything.

In PAELSIA, rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if four, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

About Gathering Darkness (Book Three):

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Review By: Alise
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Review Copy
Pages: 416
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Falling Kingdoms #3
Release Date: December 9th, 2014

The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved?

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About the Author: Morgan Rhodes

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Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.

 

 

Author Q & A:

Fantasy series like Falling Kingdoms seem to be quite rare in YA (though there are many more emerging recently). What made you want to write this story?

I’m so excited to see more and more high fantasy selling in the young adult market. It’s a timeless category of fiction – the chance to visit a completely different world full of endless possibilities. And that’s part of the reason I wanted to write Falling Kingdoms…it’s just such a wonderful escape in so many ways. The chance to write about royals and rebels, magic, forbidden romance, the fight for the throne, as well as exploring multiple viewpoints was a fantastic challenge. Plus, set in the YA genre, layer in themes of family, friends, loyalty, growing up and taking responsibility for one’s life, and having your heart broken for the first time, all contribute to making this series the biggest adventure I’ve undertaken as a writer.

The world of Falling Kingdoms is very wide. Is there a particular country or culture you really enjoy writing? Any new countries that you can’t wait for us to visit?

The three kingdoms of Mytica are all very different, even though they’re all together on an island approximately the size of the United Kingdom. Magic plays a mysterious role in each of these very different lands. Limeros is cold (literally and figuratively) with austere lifestyles, plenty of laws and punishments for those who break them, and near-constant ice and snow. Paelsia is close to becoming a wasteland with very little agriculture, erratic weather patterns, and a poor population who are just trying to survive. In Auranos, the people are happy, wealthy, hedonistic, and the weather is almost always perfect.

I enjoy writing them all, but seem to be spending quite a bit of time in Auranos. If given a choice, my characters enjoy good weather just like most people do!

I’m excited to introduce readers to the more exotic Kraeshian Empire, which lies across the sea – a looming giant that may be a friend or a foe. Several characters will be visiting there in book four, which I’m currently writing now!

One of the things I’ve noticed is that you aren’t afraid of killing off characters and dropping big twists. How much joy do you get out of shocking your readers in such devastating ways? Do we need to brace ourselves for GATHERING DARKNESS?

It’s hard not to notice that little habit of mine, right? Okay, I’ll admit it. Some authors dread killing off characters. I’m not one of them. I take some joy in it, especially the ones who deserve it! There have been a couple of deaths that did affect me, although I don’t regret the decision to kill them off. It served the overall plot and definitely helped other characters rise up to become who they were meant to be. There is one death halfway through book one that I think shocked readers the most, and made them wary of what’s next and WHO is next. However, there are a few characters that I pretty much refuse to kill, but we’ll have to see if they continue to behave themselves. *evil grin*

Gathering Darkness will definitely have more twists and turns that I hope readers don’t see coming. Buckle your seatbelts!

Any books to recommend to fans of the series?

I’ve been told that Falling Kingdoms works really well as an introduction to high fantasy for readers reluctant to dive into that genre. But once you get a taste, I know they’ll want more. Some recommendations For young adult picks, I recommend Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING trilogy and Sarah Maas’s THRONE OF GLASS series, for starters. For older readers, of course George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF FIRE AND ICE series and Patrick Rothfuss’s KINGKILLER CHRONICLES. Also, if you really like books told from multiple characters’ viewpoints, which isn’t seen too often in current books, check out Stephen King’s classic THE STAND, which was an early inspiration for me.

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56 Responses to “Falling Kingdoms Series – Morgan Rhodes (Author Q&A) + Swag and Series Giveaway”

    • Alise

      Same! There are so many great YA fantasy books out there now. Oh, definitely. So many have taken the easy route, even though it’s not realistic so I like that the stakes are higher in this.

  1. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    It is DEFINITELY important to not be afraid of killing off characters. How haven’t I read this series yet?! ahem someone administer 50 lashes quick.

    As for what I love most about the genre….its the fantasy, the magic and the “otherness” that takes you away from reality. Its a must in my reading hence why I don’t really pick up contemporaries because I live real life I want to read about far away lands and magic. lol
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    • Alise

      I agree, it’s something that you don’t see often, especially in YA books so it’s refreshing.

      That’s what I would say too, I like how it’s almost a completely different world. Good luck!

  2. Holly

    I love the action and fast pacing of YA novels. Other genres that have no real plot advancement except to further a relationship really have no appeal to me.

  3. Ashley

    I love a lot of things about YA fantasy. I am torn between how epic the stories are and how many different possibilities there are. The really good ones are so original and inventive! I find that, unlike a lot of adult fantasy, there are a lot of series that are female-driven. Adult fantasy, while there are some notable exceptions, seems to be predominantly all about the white boys.

    • Alise

      Yes, definitely! Any fantasy that brings originality and uniqueness to the table is almost always a winner. “Unlike a lot of adult fantasy, there are a lot of series that are female-driven” That is a great point, I never thought about that!

  4. Renee Bookboyfriends

    AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE HIGH FANTASY!!! :D :D :D Omigosh I wish I could enter the giveaway because it looks awesome! And omg I just love high fantasy books I can’t get enough high fantasy! And I must go and read Throne of Glass and Graceling too…. *hides* But I agree that there is (FINALLY YAY!) more high fantasy coming out in the YA market. :D And that makes me most glad!
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    • Alise

      *side-eye* Whaddaya mean you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet? *raises pitchfork*

      :P I love fantasy too, I think you would like this series! (and Throne of Glass, you need to get on that) Or else.

      :)

  5. Molly Mortensen

    I’ve been wanting to read this series! I haven’t read many epic fantasy young adult books. With the Game of Thrones comparisons out there I figured the characters would be on borrowed time. She sounds so evil when she talks about killing her characters!

    I hadn’t read any young adult fantasy before this year, but now I’m addicted. I don’t know what I like about it (other than the no sex) maybe that the characters still get excited about things and act how I would if I found out magic was real.
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    • Alise

      I haven’t read Game of Thrones but it is kind of like the Twilight of fantasy-everything gets compared to it because it’s successful, which is kind of sad. This series does remind me a bit of GoT but the plot is definitely unique!

      That’s cool that it’s a genre that you only recently got into!

  6. Olgia

    So I haven’t read any of these but a friend is currently reading them and all I can think of is “Why no face on the cover?” “Does the character even have a face?” “Are they faceless?” “Why so much mystery?” and I want to find out what this mystery is!
    Slowly going crazy but as soon as I get there I’m going to the bookstore :)
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    • Alise

      Aha, that kind of bothered me too but as you read you’re like “Wait, just which character is this on the cover?” It really is a mystery ;)

  7. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    Young adult fantasy has limitless opportunities for me. There’s so many fantasy books that can take you anywhere whether it’s in a different world, a world with assassins and royals, or otherwise.
    I didn’t realize there was so much going on and so many POV’s in this series. I’m seriously worried about starting this series especially since the author said she takes JOY in killing off characters. I’m scared O__O
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    • Alise

      That is a really great point, there can be such a wide variety of stories being told. There are a lot of characters! It’s somewhat overwhelming at first but now I really like being able to know each character. Aha, that adds suspense ;)

  8. Emma A

    I love that it allows me to escape into a different world that took so much creativity to create!

  9. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    I’ve been eyeing this series since FOREVER, and I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet because it sounds right up my alley. I’m a huge fantasy lover, so I really need to jump on this bandwagon! Thanks for sharing this interview Alise, it only makes me want to read this series more, especially after reading those quotes. Now I can purchase the whole box set and binge read it buahaha!
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    • Alise

      Yeah I think you would like this one then, it’s definitely a fantasy in all meaning of the word. Sure! Those quotes sure are a teaser ;)

  10. Emily

    I’ve been wanting to read this for ages! What I love about YA Fantasy is the world building< I love seeing fantastic characters interacting in a fully realized environment.

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