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):
Review By: Alise
Source: Review Copy
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?
About the Author: Morgan Rhodes
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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