Title: Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2)
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: December 3, 2013 by Razorbill
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.
- Morgan Rhodes goes and sneakily plants bombshells on EVERY PAGE. Dull moments? There are none. Whether it be a couple more doses of intrigue or someone’s secrets exposed, drama is continuous.
- Here’s the thing. Cleo + Jonas is endgame, and in Rebel Spring they actually interact and OH THE CLEO + JONAS SHIPPITY SHIP SHIPPING. They are my scrumptious little cupcakes. I have heard that their ship name is Cleonius. This reminds me of a disgusting herb such as paprika or oregano. Ergo, I shall continue to declare Cleo + Jonas.
- People die ALL THE TIME. I’m listing this as a good thing not because I am a heartless potato, (which I am, of course) but because killing off characters is a big risk, and Morgan Rhodes does it masterfully.
- This book is 90% rich people hate, which, as a poor little pickle, very much bothered me. They were viewed by everyone (even royalty!) to be ignorant and useless. Firstly, being rich doesn’t make you automatically stupid. Secondly, if these rich people are ignorant, maybe you can educate them instead of just mocking them, you peasants.
- In this book, the second book in the series, it’s randomly mentioned that there are other kingdoms. IN THE SECOND BOOK. That major fact needs to be established in the first book. I mean, the other kingdoms aren’t even on the map! It’s just one pathetic little island! What is this world-building madness??
- Many of the characters are flat and dimensionless. They’re mostly extremes. Aron? Pathetic coward. King Gauis? Pure evil. This makes for good entertainment, but not much else.
Read if you’re in the mood for a fluffy fantasy WHERE EVERYONE DIES.
Which of your favorite authors kill of all their characters?