Friday 14 December 2012

Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour

Welcome to the final stop on the UK leg of the Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour. If you haven't heard me raving about this book all over Twitter then here is the synopsis:

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?

Trust me when I tell you that you need to read this EPIC YA fantasy and if you don't believe me, look out for my review which I'm posting on Monday.  In the meantime, I am very pleased to welcome Morgan Rhodes to the blog to discuss her Top 5 Favourite Fantasy Characters.

#5 – Q
This will reveal my secret love of Star Trek (specifically The Next Generation), but I was absolutely fascinated by the character Q, the omnipotent, immortal trickster who plagued the Enterprise and Captain Picard with his self-involved antics and games. I always loved Q’s episodes the most. Q was a badass and up to no good, but there was that slight spark of humanity in him that made him totally fascinating to watch.

Personally, I think that a large chunk of urban fantasy and YA fiction is inspired by the kick-butt vampire slayer. Buffy sure inspired me! That clueless blonde girl who always was the first to die in horror movies is instead the one who can do the damage and defend not only herself but everyone else, too. Love it! And Buffy’s vampiric love life (with either Angel or Spike) never failed to entertain (or break my heart). Buffy forever!

Tyrion from Game of Thrones is, to me, that perfect mix of dark and light. He can definitely be a selfish jerk and comes from an evil family, but this guy has so many layers it’s impossible not to love him. Plus, he’s played absolutely brilliantly by Peter Dinklage in the TV series.

I only embraced the franchise of Doctor Who at the end of David Tennant’s reign, but quickly caught up on the series (starting from 2005, anyway). The Timelord is a fascinating and complex character that always surprises me. I must admit that Ten was my favorite and I miss him so!

The Boy Who Lived ignited the love of reading for a generation of kids…and adults too! Both the amazing books and the thrilling movies went hand in hand in making Harry a timeless and relatable character. I just wish very hard that J.K. Rowling would change her mind and write more about him and his friends. Much more!!

Thank you Morgan!  Falling Kingdoms is one of my picks of 2012 and I urge you to pick it up.  Come back on Monday for my review but while you wait, here's the trailer to whet your appetite.

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