Book Recommendation: Fall of a Kingdom

fall of a kingdomGenre:
Fantasy / Action-Adventure

First Released: 2003

Part of a Series?
Yes, it is the first book in the Farsala Trilogy

Book 2: Forging the Sword
Book 3: Rise of a Hero

Brief Synopsis:

“Stories are told of a hero who will come to Farsala’s aid when the need is greatest. But for thousands of years the prosperous land of Farsala has felt no such need, as it has enjoyed the peace that comes from being both feared and respected.

Now a new enemy approaches Farsala’s borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legend. But the rulers of Farsala still believe that they can beat any opponent. Three young people are less sure of Farsala’s invincibility. Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi see Time’s Wheel turning, with Farsala headed toward the Flames of Destruction. What they cannot see is how inextricably their lives are linked to Farsala’s fate — until it’s too late.” (Amazon)

Where can I find it in the library?
This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex.

Call Number: YA F BELL


I have a weird relationship with this novel. When I first discovered it, its original title was Flame and a part of Bell’s Book of Sorahb series. I absolutely loved it and kept waiting for another one to come out. I was waiting, and waiting, and waiting. I had to know what happened next to Jiaan, Soraya, and Kavi! I’d check the shelves of the library to see if they ever got book two. Years and years pass. Eventually, I resigned myself to realizing that there probably would never be book two.

Then one day, there was a new series on the shelf by Hilari Bell: The Farsala Trilogy.

I was super crazy excited!

I loved Flame, so maybe this would be good too! It stinks that she never finished the first series, but hey! Something new!

Imagine my surprise that Fall of a Kingdom seemed vaguely… familiar… It’s like when you see someone on the street or at the store and you know you know them from SOMEWHERE and just can’t figure out quite where. So I pulled Flame off the shelf. I began tearing through the pages, comparing the two books. They were identical!

Apparently, Hilari Bell had renamed her series! Those sneaky publishers! Luckily for me, all three books of the Farsala Trilogy were available! I was able to check them out all at once (muahahaha) after so many years of waiting. I DID MY WAITING. TWELVE YEARS OF IT. IN AZKABAN (oh wait).

Now, after all my babbling, why should you read it?

Fall of a Kingdom is a high fantasy novel. It has elements of magic, action, world-building, the whole shebang!

The best part? It’s complete! Finished! No waiting for the next book because it’s already right there on the library shelf! Do you have any idea how many fantasy series I’m waiting on the next book for? Of course you do! We’re probably waiting for the same books together!

I also enjoy that despite the main characters being two boys and a girl (which is usually all you need for an author to decide HEY LET’S HAVE A LOVE-TRIANGLE. YOU GUYS LOVE LOVE-TRIANGLES RIGHT?) there is no love-triangle! The occasional one in the occasional novel is fine. But it’s so prevalent lately.

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Fall of a Kingdom is a story about three characters trying to find their place in their kingdom and where they fit into it. Will they get overtaken by the enemy that is trying to invade? Will all be saved or lost? Only you can figure that out by checking it out today!

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