Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour- Author Guest Post

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I have been a long time fan of Morgan Rhodes and the Falling Kingdoms series. These books have been so much fun to read and just look at those covers. I am so excited to have Morgan Rhodes here on my blog today.

About the Book

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An epic clash between gods and mortals threatens to tear Mytica apart . . . and prove that not even the purest of love stands a chance against the strongest of magic.

MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption. LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise. JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey. AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge. And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?

Author Guest Post

Throughout the series so many of your characters have changed allegiance and grown in so many ways. Has there been a specific character that has surprised you the most as you’ve written the series? Which one and why?

If we take the one character I believe has grown up the most over the six books of the Falling Kingdoms series, I would have to pick Princess Lucia Damora. The adopted (aka: kidnapped from her birth parents) daughter of King Gaius, the “King of Blood”, Lucia is the subject of a prophecy that she’s a sorceress. The king wished to use her magic to strengthen his reign. When we first meet Lucia, she is overprotected and naïve and has no clue about these rumors

Through many painful lessons, Lucia goes on a journey where she went from denial to acceptance of her magic; from hate and blame over those she feels have betrayed her; and to the knowledge that if she isn’t part of the solution, she’s part of the problem. Lucia has made a lot of mistakes throughout the series, and is an excellent example of “power corrupts.”

The only question remaining is, in IMMORTAL REIGN, the sixth and final book in the series, will Lucia finally step up and use her magic for the greater good?

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE (Book One: Falling Kingdoms and Two Book: Rebel Spring)
January 8  Adventures of a Book Junkie  Intervieww
January 9  The Book Nut  Review and Playlist
January 10  Quirky and Peculiar  Review
January 11  I Fangirl About Books  Creative Post
January 12 Lovely Loveday  Author Guest Post
WEEK TWO (Book 3: Gathering Darkness)
January 15  Glimpses of my Books Cover Art and Author Gust Post – her inspiration for the character Magnus Damora?
January 16 Book Briefs Book Review
January 17 In Wonderland Review
January 18 Star-Crossed Book Blog Review
WEEK THREE (Book 4: Frozen Tides)
January 22 Ex Libris Interview
January 23 Ensconced in Lit Review
January 24 Step Into a Book World Review
January 25 Ria Reads Review
WEEK FOUR (Crystal Storm)
January 29 My Friends are Fiction Author Guest Post
January 30 Adventures through Wonderland Review + Instagram
January 31  A Thousand Books to Read Interview
February 1 A Page with a View Review
February 2 Never Too Many To Read Book Spotlight and/or Review

Review of Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes

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By: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 13th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

My Rating:
star

Summary:
The ruthless Empress Amara of Kraeshia has taken the Mytican throne, and now uncertainty looms over the three kingdoms. Since Lucia unleashed the fire Kindred, wreaking havoc throughout the land, Myticans have been looking for someone—anyone—they can trust. They believe in Amara, not knowing her grand promises are built on lies.

In Paelsia, Magnus and Cleo reluctantly follow King Gaius to the home of his exiled mother, Selia. Selia is a powerful witch and claims she can help unlock the magic of the Kindred—if the visitors agree to her terms. When Jonas arrives from Kraeshia, he is shocked to find that his rebel army now includes his sworn enemies. Along with Nic, Felix, and the mysteriously resurrected Ashur, the contentious group agrees to cast aside old grudges—for now—and united against their common enemy: Amara.

Meanwhile, bearing the child of a Watcher and feared by all, Princess Lucia travels across Mytica to find her family. But time is running out. The impending storm signals the dark prophecy Timotheus warned her about. Her fate is written, and it includes none other than the rebel Jonas. When their paths collied, Jonas and Lucia must decide between blindly following their destiny or fighting for their own free will.

The battle for power culminates at the Paelsian palace, where Amara resides. Rain pours. Blood spills. And soon all will discover that the darkest magic comes at an even darker price.

My Thoughts:
GASP. The ending of this one- cruel Rhodes, cruel. For some reason I was under the impression this was the last book of the series as I read this. Why? I HAVE NO IDEA. But I’ll just say that thinking that and watching how things at the end of this were going down I was nearly hyperventilating.

I didn’t reread before diving into this and that worked just fine for me. Rhodes did a great job of bringing me back into the story and characters. Things from the prior books easily came back to me and I was easily immersed in the story. The writing was fast paced even in slower parts. A good amount of this book centered on slower elements like characters aligning and conversing. things do progress and I was never bored.

We get to follow multiple point of views again from many characters (as always). I’m partial to Magnus (who isn’t) and I wasn’t disappointed by his story line though I could always use more pages about him. I love how his character has changed and grown over the course of the series. His interactions and relationships are so interesting and I love that we always find out tiny bits about him and his past. I love how all these enemies had to band together for a common cause. You can sense the tension between them in their uneasy alliance.

Cleo and Magnus. *sigh* gah, they kill me but I love every minute of it. I admit these two are my favorites and I look forward to their chapters.

Lucia has grated on me in the past but I actually started liking her in this book (!!) I hope that this continues in the next book. Her path started to head in a direction I didn’t predict so that excites me. I’ll admit I have absolutely no clue where any of the character’s stories will end up.

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Final Thoughts:
Of course if you are reading this series you must read this one too. Each of these books get better as they go…I might have preferred Frozen Tides a smidgen but I just love where the characters are going. I need the next book asap.

Blog Tour for Frozen Tides- Guest Post from Morgan Rhodes

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I really enjoy the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. I’m thrilled to hand over my blog today to hear from Morgan about which type of world (fantasy or sci-fi) she’d rather live in and how she thinks she’d fare. I absolutely adore her response and completely agree with wanting/needing the tenth Doctor as my guide 🙂

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I think it’s a dream of many readers to visit their favorite fictional worlds… and I’m certainly no different! I recently found this graphic that asks the very tantalizing question of “Which door will you open?”MorganRhodes

The only question is…which door would I open and have the best chance of enjoying AND surviving while visiting that world? The thing is, most fantasy or sci-fi worlds are rather, uh…dangerous? Violent? Scary? Just think of the Harry Potter world…Hogwarts has a shockingly high death rate among its students. As exciting as it is to frolic with dragons and mermaids, the Tri-Wizard tournament should be banned due to possible death in any of the events. Even Quidditch can often result in serious injury…or worse!

I would survive in Westeros for probably a half a day before some horrible fate befell me. And even in Narnia, I’d likely freeze to death before I had much of a chance to look around. If I went for a spin in the TARDIS, I’d be exterminated before my first cup of tea.

And if we’re talking about Mytica, from Frozen Tides, the 4th book in my Falling Kingdoms series…well, if King Gaius doesn’t throw you in prison, you could freeze in the northern kingdom of Limeros, starve in the barren middle kingdom of Paelsia, or find yourself impaled on an unexpected sword through the back just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And word to the wise: avoid the prophesied sorceress currently roaming the land. She has a bit of a chip on her shoulder.

But let’s just be all reckless and SAY that I’m going to be safe and I get to sightsee and check things out at my leisure and take some pictures and eat in some nice taverns….

I’ve always been a big Alice in Wonderland fan. I think it would arguably be the most fantastical, with talking animals, tricky riddles, tea parties, stoned caterpillars, and evil queens. I’d like to explore the paths and buildings and castles and play a game of croquet, chat with the Mad Hatter, follow the White Rabbit while commiserating on how hard it is to be on time for anything.

After I’m finished in Wonderland, I think I might like to hop on that TARDIS just for a quick tour…as long as I can be guaranteed that the Tenth Doctor is my guide!

And then I’ll be perfectly happy to return to the boring real world where I can write about exciting and dangerous fantasy lands from the comfort and security of my sofa!

Happy Reading!

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About the Book

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By: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: by Razorbill
Release Date: December 15th 2015
Summary:
Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

Blog Tour Stops

http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com The Irish Banana Review 12/7 – interview
http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/ Addicted Readers 12/7 – review
http://aperfectioncalledbooks.blogspot.com/ A Perfection Called Books 12/8 – review
www.bookiemoji.com Bookiemoji 12/8 – Would You Rather?
http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/ WinterHaven Books 12/9 – guest post
http://www.onceuponatwilight.com/ Once Upon a Twilight 12/10 – Review & giveaway
http://www.twochicksonbooks.com/ Two Chicks on Books 12/11 – guest post
http://www.jessabellareads.org Jessabella Reads 12/11 – review
http://www.myfriendsarefiction.com My Friends Are Fiction 12/14 – guest post
Http://www.amidsummernightsread.com A Midsummer Night’s Read 12/15 – Book Playlist
http://darkfaerietales.com/ Dark Faerie Tales 12/15 – review
www.iceybooks.com IceyBooks 12/16 – Top 10 list
http://thedailyquirk.com The Daily Quirk 12/17 – review & giveaway
http://www.mundiemoms.blogspot.com Mundie Moms 12/18 – interview
http://hollywoodnewssource.com/ Hollywood News Source 12/18 – review

If I Could Rule Westeros + a Falling Kingdoms Giveaway

You might know this about me but I’m a HUGE fan of fantasy. It was the first genre I connected to as a reader and I will always have a soft spot for it. When it comes to fantasy I am happiest in complex worlds with many characters. I love to see many point of views but really…give me fantasy and I’m happy.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (next in the Falling Kingdoms series ) we are talking about fantasy worlds we love. If you’ve not read this series or somehow don’t own these beautiful books yet you are in luck! Below I have a giveaway for the first 3 books.

Now…to the fantasy land I’d conquer…

Who wouldn’t want to rule Westeros? Ok, in reality it would put you directly in the cross hairs of some of the most evil and vile characters in the fantasy realm BUT you’d be able to sit upon the iron throne.

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I do think I’d look amazing sitting there. Very regal…and very uncomfortable. Well, I’d have dragons right?

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Oh. I forgot only Daenerys has any AND I’m not a Targaryen so they’d most likely eat me. The more I’m thinking about this the less eager I am to rule Westeros.

I think for me the best fantasy worlds are those I’d NEVER want to live in. I’ll visit while reading but I’ll take my cozy house and all the comforts of technology. Speaking of cozy house I can think of one fantasy place I’d live (only after the ring incident is over though)- THE SHIRE. I’m even short so would fit in fairly well with the local population.

Would you want to rule or even live in a fantasy world? If so which one?

About Falling Kingdoms

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These are the first three books of the series and those eligible for the giveaway below. Just look at those pretty covers. Frozen Tides will release December 15 from Penguin.

You can pre-order it here.

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I am absolutely obsessed with the Frozen Tides cover and am currently working on a Lego version so keep your eyes open for that closer to release date. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Giveaway

Dates: 10/26 – 11/27; US only; 3 winners will each receive the first 3 books
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Review of Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

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By: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: December 3rd 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

My Rating:
star

Spoilers for Falling Kingdoms. You can read my review of the first in the series here.

Summary:
Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world…

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.

The Story:
I am a big fan of high fantasy so this series is instantly likeable for me. I was drawn to Falling Kingdoms by the tag line ‘Game of Thrones for YA’. Since I’m a big GoT fan I figured this would be right up my alley. It did not disappoint. I felt that this sequel held up well and continued the story nicely as well as further delved into past characters while introducing a few new faces.

This series is told with multiple point of views with Rebel Spring adding even more than the first book. Some readers dislike multiple point of views because it makes connecting to the characters more difficult and sometimes can be confusing. I found that Rhodes handled her multiple POVs well and I never felt confused. Each character felt unique and seeing from all the different point of views helped to progress the story.

I found the pacing to be enjoyable with some parts, the action scenes, moving fast yet the character driven scenes were slower but never dull to me. My only qualm about this book was that it didn’t feel like it had a very tangible stand alone story arc and was largely just a continuation of Falling Kingdoms.

The Characters:
I really love to read high fantasy with a huge cast of characters because this allows for there to be more of an opportunity to surprise me with twist and turns and also characters to dispose of. In my fantasy I want there to be no one safe and for me to be shocked by who the author plans to destroy with their story line. Rhodes employs this strategy gracefully and effectively.

I will admit that I’ve not become overly invested or attached to any one character but I find them all to be intriguing and unique in their voice and experiences. I was very happy to see some chapters told from King Gaius’ point of view because I hoped to see something deeper in him than evil and the desire to rule. I was a tad let down because his point of view felt underutilized to me and I wasn’t given much more than what I already knew about him from other characters observations. I’m hoping that Rhodes will explore him further in the next installment.

Of all the characters Cleo was the easiest to relate to and she had the most growth. Her and Jonas are very much the fan favorites and I look forward to where their stories are taken.

Final Thoughts:
Overall Rebel Spring is a strong sequel that progresses the original story and characters while weaving in some new faces. I look forward to seeing where Rhodes takes and finishes this series.