I did something my OCD brain is struggling to manage. I've abandoned Six of Crows a few chapters in... Why? I was lured away by reviews about Falling Kingdoms from a few booktubers I follow, and a reviewer I really like from Goodreads.
A testament to how much I enjoyed it: I started it during a late evening, stayed up far too late and then finished it the next morning.
So, without further ado, the blurb. Thanks again Goodreads.
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.
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 realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....
I am a sucker for multiple perspectives. Skulduggery Pleasant won me over for many reasons, but the multiple povs were a huge factor. If you haven't read that series, where have you been?
Now Falling Kingdoms is no SP, but the four main character povs really sold this book for me. I loved the insight into four contrasting characters, each likeable in their own way. Aside from a gross brother crushing on his younger sister, a moment that had me cringing, I enjoyed this book enough to read more in the series. All I'm going to say about that sorry state of affairs is to hold on readers, there is light at the end of the incestuous tunnel, and it may surprise you.
Although the plot is like most High Fantasy novels, political tensions, fight for power, war, the execution results in a fast paced, murderous world from the very beginning. Most chapters end on a cliff hanger that definitely made me need to read the next until I finished the book. I loved the inclusion of witches and the villain chapters for purely selfish reasons.
In comparison to An Ember in the Ashes, my last book, FK is less poetic in its prose. Do I prefer Ember more than FK? A tricky question... Although I enjoy a book with words I can dazzle my students with, I really, really enjoyed the pov changes. Enough to read book two. After Six of Crows.