The Compulsive Reader: Fall Into Fantasy: Morgan Rhodes and Falling Kingdoms

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Into Fantasy: Morgan Rhodes and Falling Kingdoms

Welcome to Penguin’s Fall Into Fantasy blog tour. Join Alison Goodman, Morgan Rhodes, Kristin Cashore, Melissa de la Cruz, and Michael Johnston as they share what fantasy means to them in a series of guest posts throughout the week of October 7th. And be sure to tune into to Penguin’s Fall Into Fantasy Twitter chat on October 9th at 7pm EDT to ask your burning questions with the hashtag #FallIntoFantasy!

Today’s stop is Morgan Rhodes, author of the New York Times bestselling Falling Kingdoms. The fates of three kingdoms are in the hands of four young people in this Game of Thrones for teens.
"I’ve always loved fantasy—high fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal…vampires, demons, elves, fairies, dragons, you name it!The Princess Bride, The Eyes of the Dragon, Lord of the Rings, and most recently, Game of Thrones (how long till the next season starts!?), each swept me away to a brand new world full of adventure and intrigue and helped to awaken my muse. (She tends to sleep in on the weekends.) 
While I adore the romance and whimsy of a good fairy tale, I equally love the grittiness shown in the fight for survival—which can help show the true essence of each character—and the vigorous battle between good and evil. High fantasy (or any fantasy) comes down to that eternal question, in my opinion – which will prevail when put to the ultimate test: Good or evil? And it’s especially intriguing when the “good guys” do bad things and the “bad guys” do good things on their quests. 
What I love about fantasy is that it’s a journey of the mind – who needs an expensive vacation, just open a book! And it’s also a chance to explore such subjects as war, death, oppression, betrayal, family, and romance from an entirely new viewpoint than the one presented in the Real World. 
Fantasy definitely isn’t a fad genre, it’s been around forever and it’s here to stay. On an ever-expanding publishing canvas, there’s room for a multitude of authors and storylines to explore to our heart’s content in a genre that never gets boring."
About Falling Kingdoms:

The gripping New York Times bestseller that is Game of Thrones for teens

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?

See the trailer!

About Morgan Rhodes:

Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess -- the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.


Unknown said...

I just picked this up at the library last week, and I'm excited to read it!

LinWash said...

Oh my word! Why have I missed this book??? See, this comes from having a 33-page wish list on Amazon. I'm sure I listed it and then forgot about it. The best way for me to remember books is to write them on a post-it note and stick it by my computer monitor. I'm going to write this title down right now!