Title: Rebel Spring (Book 2 in Falling Kingdoms)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Release Date: November 27, 2013
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.
This book was even better than the first! Everything in it – the new and unrequited love, the betrayal, the violence – was magnified, and there were plot twists that I did not see coming (cough cough, Queen Althea, the new royal visitor, the new thing with Lucia and Cleo, just to name a few). The characters were a lot more developed, the story kept up the pace, and there were so many tense moments where I wasn’t sure who was going to survive! It reminded me of The Hunger Games with the introduction of characters with important roles but their just as quick death. It may have seemed arbitrary at certain points, but it certainly kept me on my toes!
The only negative point I have to say about this installment of the series were that certain plot points were a little sudden and undeveloped. There were a few short chapters whose only purpose seemed to be these really short aspects of the story that aren’t at all unimportant, but there’s no lead up to it even though it has a huge effect on other characters.
I really liked how many different characters got to have a say in this book. It wasn’t just Magnus, Lucia, Jonas, and Cleo telling the story; Gaius, Althea, Lysandra, and others also had their parts to tell so the reader got a fuller, more omniscient version than the characters. This really heightened the tension when the reader knows something the other characters don’t! There were a ton of places in the story, too, where I was just as clueless as them, though, so this back-and-forth, instead of being annoying, merely kept me interested in the book.
If you enjoyed the first book, then this second will be even better; I’m on my way to read the third!
*Note: this book is not recommended to readers aged 12 & under due to violence, mild sexual content and some profanity.