Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #2)

falling kingdomsIn the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Published: December 11th 2012

Pages: 412

Rating: Must Read – 4.5 stars

Review

rebel-springAfter 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.

Published: December 3rd 2013

Pages: 401

Rating: Must Read – 4.5 stars

Read from January 7th to 11th

So first off I’m amazed that no one told me that I had to read this sooner. This book is incredible and so fast to get through. The plot and setting and story and characters are amazing. I loved Falling Kingdoms but this was a step up still.

So this picks up straight after the end of Falling Kingdoms with the King of Blood as the ruler of Mytica. This is pretty much the same plot point throughout and it’s what all of our characters are trying to contend with. The Kindred are also a unique plot point that gets really explored and expanded upon throughout. This was a point in the first book but was much more important in this story.

So just like the last book we have the multiple perspectives to show off who our main characters and families are. We don’t really spend time in Limeros which makes things feel a lot more connected as the focus is on Auranos. All the characters tend to have a lot more interaction with each other and a lot of new relationships are afoot. This book also focusses on who the main players are and explains who plays what part in everything. We are also introduced to a few spanners in the works with new characters coming along as well as a new Empire being brought in as well.

The thing about this is that there are a lot of plot points and storylines going on which means the reader knows things that hasn’t been revealed to other characters yet. This is a really good way of engaging the reader and giving them the opportunity to think about possible storylines and how they would all interconnect. It can be incredibly frustrating knowing this though and it being played out for so long. You feel like you’re holding each of the secrets as well.

The Watchers did play a much bigger role in this book but it kind of annoyed me how they were used. We had none and then bang three are on the playing field. I also didn’t like how some of them were used, it just felt all a bit pointless.

Now, moving onto the deaths…. Because there’s a lot! So with a competitive environment that’s expected but it’s not as impactful to the reader as it is to the characters. My problem is that it feels like anyone could die but it doesn’t really pan out that way which feels a little bit cheap. I would be ok with main characters dying in all honesty but I think that’s what makes this a young adult novel because you can’t have that.

I did love this book even if it wasn’t perfect but it was really minor in this. I really want to get to Gathering Darkness which is what I think the next novel is.


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