Where do I even begin? Because to my eyes, this cover is rather glorious. The pose, the two-fisted daggers, the hooded cloak. Not to mention the glimpse of a ring on the figure’s right hand, the wisps of smoke, the blend of blues and greens with that illuminated white. And how wondrous are the ‘k’ and ‘s’ in Kingdoms?
Before I say more, have you read the publisher’s summary?
“Sixteen-year-old Cleo has grown up in luxury, the royal heiress to a prosperous kingdom. But beneath her nation’s seemingly peaceful surface lies dangerous unrest. Whispers of war are growing ever louder—intensified by a murderous incident for which Cleo’s betrothed, Aron, is accused.
Amidst the ongoing intrigue, Cleo has a more desperate mission. She defies her father’s orders and sets off on a secret and perilous journey into a neighboring country, seeking a magic long thought to be mythical. If it’s real, it could be the cure that heals her ailing sister. If it’s only legend, Cleo will be stranded in a kingdom that has just declared war on her own.
This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with unforgettable characters and vibrantly imagined magic. Falling Kingdoms is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Cinda Williams Chima, and George R.R. Martin.”
Kristin Cashore? George R.R. Martin? That’s…a lot to live up to. And I sincerely hope the book manages to do just that.
Morgan Rhodes, as it happens, is a pen name for Michelle Rowen. Falling Kingdoms is set to be released this December.