432 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.5 in
December 11, 2012
Penguin Young Readers Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1595145842
ISBN - 13: 9781595145840
About the Book
In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for powerNbrutally changing their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined.
Read from the Book
CAST OF CHARACTERSSouthern kingdomMiddle kingdomNorthern kingdomTable of ContentsPROLOGUEShe’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
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series. Under another pen name, she's an award winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she’s currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.
"Morgan Rhodes has created a rich, living fantasy world and characters that immediately draw the reader in. This is one of those series you can't help but be obsessed with -- I can't wait to see what happens next!"--RICHELLE MEAD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series
"Falling Kingdoms will gut you emotionally. It will make you ache, cry, and beg for the sequel as you turn the last page. I absolutely loved it." —Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Queen
"This triple-layered tale of bloodshed, heartbreak, and tangled court intrigue kept me turning pages very late into the night." —Lesley Livingston, award-winning author of Wondrous Strange
"From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel is the first in a projected series that will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued. --Booklist