Here’s what I read this week!
[amazon_link id=”1595145842″ target=”_blank” ]Falling Kingdoms[/amazon_link] by Morgan Rhodes
December 11, 2012 | Razorbill | 400 pages
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?
This was a great fantasy book. It was very much like Game of Thrones because it involved multiple King’s ruling their parts of the world. Many characters, some I didn’t love and some I did and some I learned to love and hate equally (read: Magnus). There’s romance, some sorcery and castles.
[amazon_image id=”0399159436″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Black City (Black City Chronicles)[/amazon_image]
[amazon_link id=”0399159436″ target=”_blank” ]Black City (Black City Chronicles)[/amazon_link] by Elizabeth Richards
November 13, 2012 | Putnam Juvenile | 384 pages
A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed–but their feelings are too strong.
When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
I’m currently reading Black City by Elizabeth Richards. So far it’s a very neat look at vampires. More next week!