Published by Razorbill on Dec 3, 2013
Genres: High Fantasy, YA
Format: Hardcover from Giveaway Prize
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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.
This second book was a mix of unexpected deaths, multiple viewpoints and exciting developments.
The death toll in this book was similar to the first, in that there are quite a few deaths, especially for a YA story. Some of the deaths were totally unexpected, which made for interesting reading. I love when authors aren’t afraid to kill beloved characters, and this series certainly fits that bill.
This book focused on four main characters, and they all had chapters from their viewpoints. I think this multiple narrative had a few too many narrators. I found the constant narrator changes to be disruptive. Just as I was getting in the story, I’d be pulled out and thrown to the next narrative.
Speaking of story, the first part of the book was a bit slow. There was a lot of maneuvering into position in the first half, which is necessary, but not very intriguing. The second half of the story started to pick up in action and excitement, and I was disappointed the story ended just as it was getting good.
Overall, this book started to suffer from “second book syndrome”, but managed to recover before the end. Now I’m quite excited to see what happens next and will be looking forward to reading the next book.