I like Cleo's character. Even though she doesn't have special powers like Lucia and can't fight as well as Magnus or evan Jonas, she's a strong protagonist. She fights in her own deceptive way and I appreciate that about her. In all honesty, even though I read all three of these books before even starting Game of Thrones, Cleo's character kind of almost reminds me of Sansa Stark. And since I like Sansa, it's a win win situation. George R. R. Martin, if you're reading this-which I doubt- I lied I do not like Sansa. In fact, Ramsey is my favorite character (Game of Thrones fans will understand why I just said that)
Jonas is my other favorite character. I didn't like him quite as much as I did Cleo, but I still liked him a lot more than Lucia. Jonas is a rebel. He becomes one after he sees his older brother murdered in cold blood. He seeks revenge. Revenge on who? Princess Cleo and her betrothed, Aron.
It's kind of funny because all during the first book I was just like, Yeah, Cleo and Jonas are totally going to be together. I have no idea why, maybe because I just liked both of their characters or maybe I liked the idea of the rebel and the princess. I would just think like oh yeah, they're totally end game and then Jonas would just be thinking of the incredibly painful way he was going to slowly kill Cleo for being responsible for his brother's murder and I would just think like, haha, no, it's just a stage.
Falling Kingdoms is a very fun read because it follows the very different lives of four very different people. When all these people come together and meet? Well, let's just say things don't go so well. And when things don't go so well, it gets real interesting.
My favorite of these three books is almost definitely the third book, though, it's pretty close with the second. These books just keep getting better and better as they go on, so if you don't particularly enjoy the first book, try the second. Don't just give up on the first. Pretty soon you'll be pulled into a world full of intrigue, romance, betrayal and plenty of action.
I'd give Falling Kingdoms 6.5/10 stars because it just started catching up at the end and by the end I was pretty interested in the world. Rebel Spring gets 7/10 stars it was quite enjoyable and by the time I finished, I was quite invested in the characters and plot. Gathering Darkness gets 8/10 stars, like I said, it's my favorite book out of the series so far. I highly recommend this book series, it's one of my many favorites.
Here's the synopsis for Falling Kingdoms:
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.
As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed... and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.
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 realise that the heart can be more lethal than the sword....