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Blog Tour: ‘Falling Kingdoms’ by Morgan Rhodes Guest Post and Review

Blog Tour: ‘Falling Kingdoms’ by Morgan Rhodes Guest Post and ReviewFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #1
Published by Razorbill on December 11th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 412
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours, trade
four-stars
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....

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guest post

My Writing Process by Morgan Rhodes

My advice on writing a novel is to READ A LOT of novels similar to what you’re trying to write. Just glom them. This will help you learn structure and plotting and character arcs and what books have sold and what made them stand out to an editor.

Whenever an idea comes to you, jot it down. You might forget it otherwise. Keep a notebook full of ideas and titles and anything else you can think of. Developing an outline of plot points will help you from getting of course in your story.

Then devote some time every day—even if it’s just a few minutes—and WRITE THE BOOK.

Warning!!! There will come a point when the book will not feel as fresh to you and you might even be bored with it. This is normal. KEEP WRITING!! I started and stopped a lot of books thinking this feeling meant that I should work on another idea. If you keep doing that, you’ll never finish anything!

Once you have the whole story done, LET IT SIT for at least a couple of weeks before reading it over. This will give you some distance from it. Then print it out and read it over like you’re reading someone else’s book.

Then go back in and EDIT IT. It’s possible that it doesn’t work as it is and you need to rewrite it completely. I sometimes spend longer working on my second draft than I do on my first! By getting the first draft out you have the “bones” of the book. Sometimes the “flesh” needs an extreme makeover. SOMETIMES the book seems almost perfect after the first draft. Don’t be fooled, though. Edit it anyway. Go with your gut. Your gut will tell you when it’s ready.

GET A CRITIQUE PARTNER

Enlist somebody who’s not afraid to be honest and give you creative criticism to give the book a read.

When you’re happy with your final draft, START THE SEARCH for a publisher or agent if you want to publish with a traditional house. Or you might prefer to self-publish. This is entirely up to you!

Lastly, don’t give up! Being a writer is a daunting process — even for those of us who are already published! Make sure you LOVE writing and that you LOVE your characters and READ, READ, READ!!!


review

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In a land where Elementia is secret, three kingdoms stand at the brink of war. Jonas is intent to get back at his brother’s murderers. Living in Paelsia which was once a beautiful rich land with resources has turned into a wasteland. By stealing from others, he has kept his family healthy instead of starving. When princess Cleo of Auranois witnesses Aron murdering Jonas’ brother, he becomes hell bent on seeking his revenge. Cleo is on a quest to find magic to help her sick older sister before it’s too late. Along the way she seeks help from her best friend Nic, and her body guard Theon. Lucia and Magnus are sister and brother of the Limeros kingdom. Lucia finds the power within that can change their world forever.

The characters are so well laid out that I couldn’t help but cheer for them all. Cleo matured a lot throughout the novel, which I hoped she would. So did Magnus, and Jonas. But the villains in this book was what made the novel so darn interesting. King Gauis and his sadistic streak was just brutal. I can’t even imagine being in Magnus’ position. His character was definitely torn apart, and brutalized. Aron is a condescending manipulative character and I can’t help but cry out in pain whenever he appeared in the book. I wanted to punch him in several scenes.

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I love the comparisons that depict First World, Second World and Third World countries as is our reality today. The fact that Auranois is the kingdom full of wealth and resources, whereas Paelsia is referred to as the barren wasteland. There’s always ties to the modern world which I found disconnecting. The switch from medieval tone to modern jargon is the just one of the annoyances I had with this particular novel. The second was the instant love that happened between characters. I didn’t understand it nor did I want to. The writing is easy to read and understand, and I loved the rich character development as well as the intricately laid out plot. Lots of blood and gore in this one, and some deaths may come as a shock. My favourite part of this book is the plot. It just kept going and going and never stopped.

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Definitely a must-read for any fantasy fan who loves action, romance, and magic!

Characters
Heros and heroines both on the moral and immoral sides and I just loved it.

Pacing
So very fast. It didn’t stop moving!

Cover/Design
Interesting, but I didn’t know who was on the cover.

Plot
LOVED the story. Best part about it.

Overall, definitely a must-read for any fantasy fan who loves action, romance, and mystery!


quotes

If you want something, you have to take it. Because nobody’s ever going to give it to you. (27)
Sometimes you need to try to believe in something bigger than yourself, Magnus. Something you can’t see or touch. To allow your heart to have faith no matter what. It’s what will give you strength in troubled times. (38)
No guard had ever looked at her with such boldness. In fact no one at all had ever looked at her this way. Angry and fierce and vastly unfriendly…but there was something else there. As if Cleo was the only girl in the entire world and now he owned a part of her. He made her breath catch and her chest tighten. Rhein was entirely overwhelming to every one of her senses. (62)
Perhaps you’d like me to leave the two of you alone so you can continue to stare at each other all day long? (62)
I’ve hunted many times before, but this was different. To take the life of another…I’ve never felt so powerful in my entire life. (85)
The greatest sacrifice must be something that one truly values. To sacrifice something of no value is meaningless. (115)
Some truths aren’t so easily seen. (125)
You’re the same as you were yesterday and the day before. Nothing has changed. Not really. Forget what troubles you. Regret nothing, but learn from any mistakes you make. Tomorrow will be a brighter day, I promise. (129)
Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it isn’t true. (152)
You’re a girl who views the world in a certain way. You want what you want. And if obstacles are presented to you, you try to find a way around them. Or through them. (161)
Lies can make harsh truths less painful. But I believe pain is essential for growth. (191)
Hate is a strong emotion. Much more powerful than indifference. But those who burn with hate can also love just as intensely, can’t they? (233)
Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost. And love is the greatest magic of all. (248)
Shocking. Maybe there’s more to you than beauty and a shallow personality. (252)
Love is stronger than anger. Love is stronger than hate—stronger than anything. Remember that. (311)
Cleo: Why do they hate us so much?

Emilia: Envy. They see that we have so much here. And they’re right. We do. (313)

Family is the most important thing in the world. It’s what you have left when everything rise falls apart. (326)
If you want something you have to take it, because nobody’s ever going to give it to you. (403)

rating

4/5

four-stars

10 Comments

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  2. Brynna

    January 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I’ve heard about this book and the premise sounded interesting, so I planned on picking it up. But the villains? You say the villains are fantastic? There is nothing I love more than a great villain!

  3. Jaime Lester

    December 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    I can’t say anything other than…. “Ahhhh!” I am so very much looking forward to Falling Kingdoms. It is without a doubt probably my most anticipated reads right now. I really can’t wait for it, and knowing that you loved it the way that you did, I have no doubt that I will love this book soooo much. Thank you!

  4. Samantha

    December 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Ahh I want this one so bad. It sounds amazing!

  5. Diana Dimovska

    December 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    “Magic will find those with pure hearts, even when all seems lost. And love is the greatest magic of all.”

    This book sounds amazing! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! 😀

  6. Ikhlas

    December 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Great review, Giselle! The insta-love was something that annoyed me too, but overall, I really enjoyed this novel too! Loved reading you Twitter/Goodreads updates throughout it hehe 😀

  7. roro @roro is reading

    December 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    i can’t wait for my copy

  8. Lynn K.

    December 17, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Gah, I’m even more hyped for Falling Kingdoms then ever now! Those quotes are so tantalizing and I do love a good villain.

  9. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    December 17, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    I love all the quotes you picked! I’m a huge fantasy fan and I love romance, action and magic (especially combined) I’m happy that the villian is well-done and that the characters are likable! Great review and I can’t wait to get this into my hands.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  10. de

    December 17, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    This book looks so amazing!!! I can’t wait to read it =)

    • Devon

      December 17, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      My names supposed to be Devon not “de” lol

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