Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Series: YES, book #2
Published: December 3rd 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.
Wow. Okay. This was a really good book, but I don’t think it better than the first. Compared to Falling Kingdoms (book 1 in the series) I thought that this book was a little slower. In my FK review (read it here!) I actually said that it reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones because there were different kingdoms and you got to follow the lives of different characters from each kingdom. If this had been the first book in the series, I would not say that. Simply because this book is now focused on the rebels versus the King of Blood, as he and his family have taken over all the kingdoms.
There was little character development. For most of the storyline, there was a lot of running around in circles with nothing coming out of it. For Cleo, she’s trying to find out more about magic so she can defeat the King. For Lucia, she spends 75% of this book not in the storyline (you’ll understand if you read it). For Jonas, he keeps trying to be a leader but he’s honestly not that good at it and it becomes very evident as the story progresses. Magnus was pretty much the same as the last book but near the end I think we see a glimpse of him finally deciding to stand up for himself. Hopefully this means we’ll see him kicking ass in the next book! Oh and by the way, Aron is still a piece of shit.
We see more of the Sanctuary. This is AWESOME because in FK we really didn’t see too much of their world. I really don’t know what to believe when it comes to the Sanctuary because I feel like there’s too many hidden agendas and ambiguity. I don’t really know if I like their part in the story, however I hope we see more of them in the next book.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of things happen in this book but it’s nothing that blows my mind. There was still a lot of death, both expected and unexpected, but it doesn’t hold as much of a shock factor that it did in FK. As a whole, nothing was really accomplished and I feel like it was a lot of fluff for a book thats 401 pages. I’m sure that what happened in this book will play an integral part in the future but it wasn’t as exciting. So hopefully the next book is better.
My rating: 4/5