Thursday, June 7, 2012

10 Days of Kingdom Falling: Dawn

Riese: Kingdom Falling is an upcoming novel from author Greg Cox and published by Simon & Schuster BFYR. It's also a digital mini-series on, created by Ryan Copple, who is also listed as an author for the novel, and Kaleena Kiff! The novel is releasing June 12th and I thought it'd be a great idea to watch the series and blog about each episode until release day. I'm pre-ordering my copy from Amazon so this is a great opportunity for me and everyone else to get acquainted with Riese!

Recap: 10 Days of Kingdom Falling: Spares

Episode 5: Dawn


Seeking refuge from Herrick's bloodthirsty thugs, Riese ducks into the closest shelter, only to find it to be the home of a young mother and her child. Riese's conscience speaks where her sense knows to keep quiet: She asks the mother how they could do this, how they could let the Sect take their children. The mother spits back that they had no choice. The townspeople tried to fight, but anyone who resisted was killed. The Sect made their rules clear.

Riese slips out of Helmkin by the grace of her royal stealth, and she and Fenrir continue on their long path in search of a safety that may or may not exist. But before she does, she finds Hannah and gives her the one chance she has to reunite her budding family: The ledger stolen from the desk in the warehouse. It is a catalogue of all the children stolen from Helmkin, detailing their destinations, and a map to where Hannah's lost child is now.

A frustrated Herrick finds the doctor and delivers the grim news that Riese has escaped. The doctor, knowing his life is effectively over, presses Herrick for the true identity of the girl, and as Herrick utters the words, he ends the doctor's life. Having completed the task of killing everyone involved in letting Riese slip away, Herrick orders Trennan to empty the baby warehouse and burn Helmkin to the ground. Trennan is disturbed by this unmerciful decree, but is powerless to stop it, or even object.

When Rand learns of the fate of Helmkin - that it was decimated after a female heretic went missing - he orders his troops to neighboring Vidar, where a lot of activity has been reported lately. His underlings balk, but Rand knows that this is a sign that Riese is near, and victory is closer than ever.
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My Thoughts

Episode 5 of Kingdom Falling, Dawn, marks the beginning of the end or the nearing of the turning point in the story. We're given a closer look at Rand, and his resistance troops, who believes they are one step closer to finding the lost princess. This is one of the shorter episodes but the waves of anticipation it sends careening through my mind more than make up for its abrupt ending. Well, not so abrupt that the narration doesn't hint at the promise of "powerful secrets" yet to be uncovered.

Each episode of Kingdom Falling shows little, but says so much. I only hope that the conclusion of these 10 short videos will actually answer the questions I have bubbling inside my brain. So we know where the missing children of Helmkin are being taken, Vidar, but why? And what's with Amara, the empress? I know she didn't just pop out of nowhere and claim the throne. There's so many little scenes that raise questions, but it's hard to believe they'll all be answered with in 10 webisodes.

Watch DAWN on Hulu.

So? What do you think? If you watch the episode, or have seen it before, tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

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