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Falling Kingdoms
Falling Kingdoms Series, Book 1
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War brought them together. Love will tear them apart. Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a...
War brought them together. Love will tear them apart. Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a...
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  • War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.

    Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.

    The King of Limeros'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 secret about her heritage that will change everything.

    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 found, 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.
 

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    CAST OF CHARACTERS

    Southern kingdom

    Middle kingdom

    Northern kingdom

    Table of Contents

    PROLOGUE

    She'd never killed before tonight.

    "Stay back," her sister hissed.

    Jana pressed against the stone wall of the villa. She searched the shadows that surrounded them, briefly looking up at the stars, bright as diamonds against the black sky.

    Squeezing her eyes shut, she prayed to the ancient sorceress. Please, Eva, give me the magic I need tonight to find her.

    When she opened her eyes, fear shot through her. On the branch of a tree a dozen paces away sat a golden hawk.

    "They're watching us," she whispered. "They know what we've done."

    Sabina flicked a glance at the hawk. "We need to move. Now. There's no time to waste."

    Keeping her face turned away from the hawk, Jana pushed away from the safety of the wall to follow her sister to the heavy oak and iron door of the villa. Sabina pressed her hands against it, channeling the magic that had been strengthened by the blood they'd spilled earlier. Jana noticed that Sabina's fingernails still bore traces of red in the cuticles, and she shuddered, remembering. Sabina's hands began to glow with amber light. A moment later, the door disintegrated into sawdust. Wood was no barricade against earth magic.

    Sabina sent a victorious smile over her shoulder. Blood now trickled from her nose.

    At her sister's gasp, Sabina's grin faded. She wiped it away and entered the large home. "It's nothing."

    It wasn't nothing. Using too much of this temporarily enhanced magic could harm them. Could kill them if they weren't careful.

    But Sabina Mallius was not known to be the cautious one. She hadn't paused earlier tonight in using her beauty to lead the unsuspecting man from the tavern to his fate, while Jana had hesitated far too long before her sharp blade finally found its mark in his heart.

    Sabina was strong, passionate, and completely fearless. Heart in throat as she followed Sabina inside, Jana wished she could be more like her older sister. But she'd always been the careful one. The planner. The one who'd seen the signs in the stars because she'd studied the night skies all her life.

    The prophesied child had been born and she was here in this large and luxurious villa—built of sturdy stone and wood compared to the small, poorer straw and mud cottages in the village nearby.

    Jana was certain this was the right place.

    She was knowledge. Sabina was action. Together they were unstoppable

    Sabina cried out as she turned the corner of the hallway up ahead. Jana quickened her pace, her heart pounding. In the dark hallway, lit only by wall-set torches that flickered their meager light on the stone walls, a guard had her sister by her throat.

    Jana didn't think. She acted.

    Thrusting out her hands, she summoned air magic. The guard lost his grip and flew back from Sabina, slamming into the wall behind her hard enough to crush his bones. He crumpled to the ground in a heap.

    Sharp pain sliced through Jana's head, agonizing enough to make her whimper. She wiped at the warm, thick blood that now gushed from under her nose. Her hand trembled.

    Sabina gingerly touched her injured throat. "Thank you, sister."

    This fresh blood magic helped speed their steps and clear their vision in the darkness of the unfamiliar, narrow stone hallways. But it wouldn't last long.

    "Where is she?" Sabina demanded.

    "Close."

    "I'm trusting you."

    "The child is here. I know she is." They proceeded a few steps more down the dark hallway.

    "Here." Jana stopped...

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  • DOGO Books palomacats - This book was amazing! It had so many completely different things happening with different characters at the same. But they all tied in together. So if one main character did something big, it would impact another main character greatly but the other main character would have never noticed! This book really shows that if you have to much hatred an revenge clouding your common sense than you could start terrible things that could impact 3 kingdoms greatly...
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 24, 2012
    Writing under a pseudonym, author Michelle Rowan (the Demon Princess series) launches a planned series with this otherworldly epic about kingdoms on the brink of war. While the corrupt rulers of three realms plot the others' overthrow, key young people—Cleo, the flighty youngest daughter of the Auranian king; Magnus, the bitter son of the cruel king of Limeros; and Jonas, an angry peasant from Palesia whose brother was murdered by an Auranian nobleman—all chafe under the restrictions placed upon them by misguided elders. Relatively few action sequences and heavy dialogue slow the pacing, yet Rhodes maps an evocative and intricate world mythology. Readers will likely relate most to the numerous dysfunctional familial, political, and romantic relationships spawning from the labyrinthine network of kingdoms. Though characters' behaviors can be mechanical at times (Cleo's tears over an arranged marriage come across as perfunctory), the novel's blend of forbidden love, unruly royals, and ancient prophecy should draw in fantasy lovers who don't mind a touch of melodrama. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jim McCarthy, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2013

    Gr 9 Up-Three kingdoms, Limeros, Auranos, and Paelsia, struggle for riches and sovereignty in this complexly wrought tale of war, rebellion, and magic. A prophecy foretells the birth of a sorceress powerful enough to rival dead goddesses, ancient legend speaks of a ring that provides mastery over the Kindred (embodiments of elemental magic), and duplicitous betrayal leads to an alliance between royalty and commoner. The sorceress emerges in the form of Lucia, the princess of Limeros, while Cleo, the princess of Auranos, obtains the ring. Young Jonas, the son of a Paelsian wineseller, puts aside vengeance and aligns with his enemy to save his homeland. Intimations of romance and sex are interspersed with scenes of brutality and magic in an often-barbaric environment that vaguely echoes George R. R. Martin. The plot is packed with incident, although constantly changing points of view weaken the dramatic arc and interrupt the forward momentum. Characterizations are fairly stock, with little to differentiate them, and the stylized fantasy language occasionally stutters over modern colloquialisms. This first volume of an intended series sets up the backstory that informs and motivates the action to come. While the shifting points of view can be distracting, the result is short, action-driven chapters that may carry readers to the finish and on to the next volume.-Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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