Last week I posted a review for Morgan Rhodes’ novel Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1).
Since then I dove head first into its sequel, Rebel Springs, eager to see what was next for Cleo, Magnus, Lucia, and Jonas.
Interested to see if Rebel Springs (Falling Kingdoms #2) lived up to its predecessor? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill (November 27, 2013)
Print Length: 401 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hrs 14 mins
Narrator: Fred Berman
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.
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) is a fantastic follow-up and an explosive set-up to a series that I know is going to rip my heart out.
Taking place directly following the conclusion of Falling Kingdoms, Rebel Spring follows Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia as they try to adjust to the merging of kingdoms, the growing of magic, and the uprising of the rebellion.
Rhodes created something truly encapsulating in Falling Kingdoms, so colour me surprised that she outdid herself in Rebel Spring. Even though the three kingdoms of Mytica: Limeros, Paelsia, and Auranos, have been conquered and amalgamated into one, Rhodes was able to distinguish between her settings in a way that made it like nothing had been changed by war. She was also able to build on her idea of Elementia magic, but once again I am hoping that more than one of our four principles will emulate it.
Once again Rebel Spring follows four principle PoV’s: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, and Lucia. Cleo definitely became stronger in Rhodes’ follow-up. At the mercy of King Gaius, she had to play the role of a dutiful prisoner and loving wife all while scheming her way back to her crown. Jonas actually got better as a character for me. No longer motivated solely by the death of his brother, Jonas became a rebel leader and potential love interest, and let me just say, I’m here for it. Magnus, while a very beloved character, is getting slightly on my nerves. Like, we get it dude, your brooding and mysterious and a pawn for your father, but how about you act like our girl Cleo and actually try to better your relationships with other characters. Lucia was given more page time than in the previous installment, but she really had me eating my words as she became my new least favourite character. If Rhodes can just put her back into the coma and not have her interject so much, that would make me a very happy reader.
This series is looking like it is just going to get stronger, so be on the lookout for a review on book three, Gathering Darkness, sometime in the near future.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes. Have any high fantasy recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.