Fall of a Kingdom: The Farsala Trilogy Book 1

Ages 12 up Who was Sorahb 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 respected and feared.Now a new enemy approaches Farsala s borders, one that neither fears nor respects its name and legenAges 12 up Who was Sorahb 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 respected and feared.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 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.In Fall of a Kingdom, the first volume of The Book of Sorahb, Hilari Bell introduces readers to a world of honor, danger, and magic in the spellbinding tale of self discovery.
Fall of a Kingdom The Farsala Trilogy Book Ages up Who was Sorahb 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

  • Title: Fall of a Kingdom: The Farsala Trilogy Book 1
  • Author: Hilari Bell
  • ISBN: 9781442013926
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Library Binding
  • 1 thought on “Fall of a Kingdom: The Farsala Trilogy Book 1”

    1. For all this book's good points (and there are many), it still fails because of one thing: I was rooting for the 'bad' guys the whole time.Bell created a kingdom, Farsala, which has no redeeming qualities. The peasants are treated like shit, their technology is stale, their legal system is so corrupt it has more holes in it than swiss cheese. Every part of every facet of every system they have is flawed.On the other side, we have the Hrum. More commonly known as the Romans. They have a fair ever [...]

    2. This is the first book in Hilari Bell's Farsala Trilogy. We're introduced to Jiaan--a peasant-born bastard son of a noble taken into the Commander's household as a page, Soraya--the Commander's fiery, willful daughter and Kavi--a spy perhaps, but who knew where his loyalties truly ran? Each chapter follows from a third person viewpoint of one of those three young people--who's lives are intertwined together no matter what the distance (of land or experience) forces upon them. Additionally there [...]

    3. Re-read April 2015, rated 5/5 stars You know how I put this under shelves 'dramatic music necessary' and also 'liferuiners'? May or may not be totally connected. I'm just sayin'. Everything is so much more depressing when it's set to sad instrumental music. (view spoiler)[ Damn it, Commander, did you really have to get killed during the slow piano part?(hide spoiler)]But I love these books. I love these books more than anything else in the world, probably. I mean, I go on and on about Knight &am [...]

    4. The vocabulary was a little bit of a hindrance in getting into this book, but once the definitions with their cultural understandings are in place, this book was hard to put down. The biggest benefit -- from a parent's perspective -- a youth could get out of reading this book is an understanding of politics. Hearing the thoughts of a cunning peasant peddler while being taught along with him the ways of a foreign people he has agreed to spy for is the easiest way to comprehend the waxing and wani [...]

    5. Definitely a YA book (the line spacing and the font were both huge), it was still enjoyable. Three main protagonists, 1 female who is actually pretty unsympathetic and 2 male, all with very different views on their world and the war that their country is involved in. Based on real world Persian mythology (I'm pretty sure that is what it said in the back of the book), the invaders are Roman analogues. Definitely plan to continue the series, as the political side of the story had very interesting [...]

    6. Have just lost the *second* review of this book, and this one was finished and just getting tweaked, so is most frustrating. Briefly, I had gone on at length about the major problem I had with this book, which was an anachronistic presentation of the way one of the three main characters reacted to slavery. The kingdom of the title is Farsala (lightly fictionalised and fantasized ancient Persia), and it's a pretty rotten one, unless you're a deghan (noble). Farsala is about to be attacked by the [...]

    7. Inspired by a Persian legend and originally titled Flame, this is the first book of the Farsala Trilogy. The new and improved title, while dramatically distinctive, has the drawback of giving away the ending. But since the story is only getting started, that's probably all right. The kingdom that falls in this book is called Farsala, a society that has held its own for many centuries against hostile neighbors on both sides. Its strength is also its vulnerability: an aristocratic class of cavalry [...]

    8. Review originally posted here.Yay for a fantasy trilogy not set in a pseudo medieval Europe type place! Farsala is an ancient Persian type country about to be smacked down by a Greco-Roman type empire. The Farsalan nobility are haughty and arrogant. Everything in Farsala works to the benefit of the deghans (nobility). If as a peasant you serve a generous deghan so much the better for you. If not your life is misery. The religious system of the country is exploited by and used to benefit the degh [...]

    9. I have to admit that I am a fan of fantasy books that take place in desert settings. I've yet to read one that I don't like, and Fall of a Kingdom is no exception. The book is decent, but I had some issues with it. First, the characters. Soraya is basically a spoiled daddy's girl, until she strikes out on her own and one event makes her completely change. I found her transformation sudden and a bit unbelievable. Jiaan, the illegitamate son of a king is treated very well for his position and is p [...]

    10. The Farsala Trilogy is brilliant, well written and captivating. The magic that isn’t really magic is one of the most realistic, creative well crafted interpretations that I have ever come across. Instead of magic it’s more like an affinity, a connection and telekinesis all rolled into one. The “magic” is a skill instead of a craft or revered position. Like riding a bike, painting or dancing it is an essential yet overlooked skill that, though it may need practice, is something that you n [...]

    11. three young people work to live thru the day and achieve what they can as individuals. a girl of royal blood who is spoiled, but a good tracker. she is trained by magic wielders when her family has to leave her to survive with another family in the desert. She learns some humility and to learn of the unknown and not simply fear it. a boy of half-royal blood. he is deserved of the full title, but the others treat him as if a peasant. his father knows that he is more and expects it of him. He give [...]

    12. Hilari Bell continues to amaze me with her ability to capture a reader immediately, and keep them hooked until the very last page (and beyond!). In this new trilogy, she introduces us to a cast of characters from two very different backgrounds (the indigenous and the invading army). Soraya and Jiann, who have the same father but were raised very differently. We also begin to get the history of Farsala and Sorahb's tale from many many years ago. All of it starts us on a journey, a quest to keep F [...]

    13. I love this series!And I'm adding re-reads to this year's reading challenge -- just to make sure I'll be able to re-read some of my favorites.Definitely, this series is one of my favorites. What I love most about it is precisely what some people hate about it -- that our "heroes" are not always right. It's really interesting to see the conflicts that develop when the "bad" side has so much good to offer. And I love how Hilari Bell incorporates the ancient Persian myths! I also love her depiction [...]

    14. It was okay. I found it a little heavy-handed to be honest. It sounds like it might get better in the sequels, but with so many other books out there, I really need to be convinced in the first to continue on to the second.

    15. Revisiting this book after a handful of years is a delight, I must say. For fellow lovers of world history, particularly any ancient world history centered on the Persian and Roman empires, this fantasy should likely be on your TBR list. The kingdom of Farsala and their enemy empire of Hrum are deadringers for Persia and Rome. This book opens the first part of the story, starting with the fateful Hrum invasion of Farsala, and the Farsalan attempts at defending themselves.We have three points of [...]

    16. This book was really okay. It wasn't a stay up all night read for me and it didn't especially capture me. The different points of views left me confused about what this was all towards and there didn't especially seem to be a storyline (although this is probably because this is the first book in the series.) I also didn't connect with Kavi or Soraya at all until the very end when they actually resolved to do something. So far, I'm only interested in Jiaan. I don't understand why Bell chose to ha [...]

    17. Fall of a Kingdom was a title I picked up for its cover art. I had the book for about three months before I actually got into the story. I found the story a bit slow in the beginning, but then what story isn't? Once I got to know the characters the story took off I couldn't wait to read what happened next to each of the characters. I loved how Bell wrote each chapter from the view of one of her three main characters, Jiann, Soraya, and Kavi. Honestly the story only gets better and more interesti [...]

    18. I picked this book up solely because the cover was fascinating to me. I love fantasy books anyway and one set in a Persian/Middle Eastern type culture was even more fascinating for being slightly different than traditional fantasy. I really enjoyed the three main characters and the pacing was excellent. The world was expansive and intricate without having to stop and slow down for explanations every few minutes. This definitely read like a first book in a fantasy trilogy, but it wasn't quite as [...]

    19. It had all the feel of ancient Rome mixed with perhaps a little bit of China and Native American culture. It was a great beginning to a larger tale and I'm excited to continue the trilogy. These are real and imperfect characters who are not always predictable. How in the world are they going to get out of this predicament?

    20. I just couldn't get myself interested in this book! There are great stories similar to this that enticed me right off the bat but for some reason, I felt disconnected from this one. Maybe one day it will catch my eye again!

    21. This is one of my favorite series. Complex and diverse characters, engrossing story, poignant mythology, and no romance!

    22. Wow - what a fantastic, exhilarating story - it took me awhile to really get into this book - I was reading another so it was hard to concentrate. When I returned to this book I became griped by the characters and their personality, struggles, life styles and problems. I have to admit, I had to write their names down and who they were to keep them straight. There are 3 main characters that we learn about and follow. The author is great on her description of things, felt like I was right there. W [...]

    23. Lacks any originality or excitement.All three protagonists all defined by a couple traits. There's the haughty, adventurous noble's daughter; the capable-yet-ashamed bastard; and the bitter, hapless merchant. Supporting characters are likewise flat, and dialogue flows predictably as each party acts out their chosen cliché. Both warring nations are similarly unimaginative. Faux-Romans are invading the Middle-East- themed Farsala. And while corruption and predjudice run rampant in Farsala, the Ro [...]

    24. I refused to finish this one. While I did not in any way find it offensive, I did find it very boring. I could not bring myself to enjoy any of the characters or the aspects of the world. The characters were insubstantial at best, and while they were said to be ages fifteen and nineteen, they all acted as if they were around twelve years old. Not only that, but the vocabulary was incredibly simple for a young adult novel, even though it encompassed much more adult realities of fictional life. Fu [...]

    25. This book has numerous problems that ruin any merits. The invading Hrum (Rome) are so ridiculously built up as the ideal society (except for having slaves, and even that is the "milder" form of slavery) that you have no reason to care that they're invading. The society they're invading are run by a nobility that are all terrible people, except of course for the protagonist's father who is everything noble and just about his people.The bigger flaw is the silly rule the Hrum have that they will st [...]

    26. Oh hey, this series! Really good character-arc-driven fantasy, and a lot more thoughtful and complex than the fighting-off-the-evil-empire story I was expecting from the jacket copy of the edition I picked up. The latter two books are when it gets really good, I love the trick those pull about legends arising out of the collective consciousness. I haven't reread this first one in a while - I own the other two - but I remember it mainly as setup for those anyhow. Important setup, you need it or t [...]

    27. Medieval fantasy. This must have been written with the design of making money over writing a good story. This first book in the trilogy was soooooooooo drawn out, I'm guessing the trilogy instead could have been one long and maybe enjoyable book. The story moved too slowly, the characters were two dimensional and the writing was on the level below what I expect from a good young adult book/series. I will not be seeking out book 2.

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