Title: Rebel Spring
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series Status: 2nd novel in the Falling Kingdoms series
Page Count: 401
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.
Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.
After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…
At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.
When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.
Review: This was so much more than I expected. I mean, I had some high expectations set after the awesomeness that was the first book, but this one completely blew my mind. It is literally like a YA version of Game of Thrones, if that is even possible.
There were so many amazing aspects to this. I loved how there was new, budding romances all over the place. I cannot tell you how overjoyed I was at the wedding that took place in this, I was waiting for this couple to get together since the first one, even if it is not by choice. I really hope it blooms into something amazing.
From the beginning, I loved reading from Magnus’s point of view, I find him interesting, and it only grew in this book. He is really becoming his own person in this, not just some lap dog for his father, the king.
I also really want to know more about Prince Ashur and Phaedra. They are both really interesting characters, and very mysterious. I am also very interested to read more about Lucia, and how the darkness is starting to overcome her. If you know me, you would know I love stories were the protagonist is actually more of a villain, and I feel like this might be heading in that direction.
The way Morgan Rhodes writes is compelling and captivating. I can never get enough.
Overall, this sequel was so much better than the first one. There is so much more stuff going on, and some real character development. The last one was a bit slow, but it picked up it’s pace, while this one was constantly moving and issues were taking place from several different point of views.
I give this book 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it to fans of fantasy.
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