Tuesday, June 5, 2012

10 Days of Kingdom Falling: Fragments

Riese: Kingdom Falling

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 SYFY.com, 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: Bind

Episode 3: Fragments


Disturbed by the Sect's nightmarish practice of harvesting babies, Riese decides to stay in Helmkin to uncover the mystery and put an end to the practice - even though the town is a veritable deathtrap for her now that the Doctor knows she's of royal blood.

The Doctor, meanwhile, has a surprise visit from Herrick, who has the scent of Riese on his tongue and won't let go the trail. Appearing from the shadows, Herrick interrogates the doctor about Riese - what she knows, what she saw - and out of self-preservation, the doctor tries to limit the information he gives Herrick. Herrick is too powerful, however, and learns that not only did Riese see the Sect mark on the doctor's arm, but also that she saw the fields of babies that the Sect was harvesting. Knowing Riese's inner workings, Herrick understands that this sight is sure to have made Riese want to stay and help.

The outlawed princess, meanwhile, is seeking out Hannah, the distraught mother from earlier that day. Hannah begs Riese to help, and Riese, though feeling daunted, promises to do all she can. Riese slips into the night and finds the warehouse where the babies - rows upon rows stacked in crates - are being kept. Though outraged, she's at a loss for how to put a stop to this madness.

And on the other side of the kingdom, Rand and his resistance are battling Amara and her forces with all their might. But, with no connection to Riese - his people's rightful leader and one true hope - and dwindling resources, Rand knows his chances of winning the war are getting slimmer and slimmer. He has to win this fight, soon - or not at all.

Courtesy of SYFY.com
My Thoughts:

Since Riese decided to stay and investigate in Helmkin viewers are able to see more of the town. Riese describes the town's people as content while in reality they should be suffering under the rule of the Sect. Their children are taken from them every year, yet they live like it's a normal part of society. There's nothing better than a plot involving oppressed citizens and the one person brave enough to find a solution to everyone's problems.

Riese is labeled as a heretic, anyone against Empress Amara and the Sect is labeled as such and hunted down. Magister Herrick knows Riese is in Helmkin and alerts the doctor who treated Riese. Now, if Riese tries to discover what the Sect is doing with the babies she'll have a harder time going about it and escaping when it's time to leave.

Episode 3 ends on a curious note. Will Rand and the Resistance get any closer to finding Riese? Will Riese be able to help Hannah rescue her baby, find out what the Sect wants with all the children, and dodge Herrick? With all the excited I've experienced through the first three webisodes of Kingdom Falling, I have a great feeling that the prequel novel will be just as exciting!

Watch FRAGMENTS 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!

Stay Tuned! Up Next: Episode 4: SPARES



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