Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #2)

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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.


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This review will have spoilers from the first book, Falling Kingdoms. Check out my review here if you are interested.

A quick summary of my thoughts: A strong second book in a YA fantasy series. The characters are increasingly complicated and interesting as they fight for their respective kingdoms. Also, magic. Highly recommended for fantasy lovers!


Rebel Spring continues the action of Falling Kingdoms with similar pacing and plot development. While there are a lot of characters, our four main characters seem to be the common thread through this story: Cleo, Magnus, Jonas and Lucia. Cleo continues to be one of my favorite characters in this series as her character has changed the most! She used to be a spoiled, vapid princess but the tragedy of losing her family and kingdom has caused her to grow up quickly. She uses her status as ‘ignorant princess’ to trick people in to underestimating her, and she does it well! I am absolutely rooting for Cleo to get her kingdom back.

Magnus is another one of my favorites! He pretends to be hardened and cruel like his father but we as the reader know he has a soft heart. Rhodes does an impressive job of displaying Magnus’ internal struggle throughout the story. Him and Cleo still hate each other…but there were some hints that they may not hate each other forever?!

Jonas is leading the rebel movement in Paelsia and through Jonas we get to know some very likable side characters- Brion and Lysandra. Jonas has a particularly interesting character arc as his actions culminate to a scene towards the end of the book that I think will drastically change his story. I don’t want to give details…but it involves bloody fight scenes and magic!

Finally, Luica continues to be consumed by her power. Lucia was probably my least favorite character- she seems a bit one dimensional and I don’t quite understand how her powers affect her ability to think rationally. What I did find interesting was her connection to Alexius, a Watcher! We are finally starting to tie together the Watcher agenda and the fate of Mytica.

Basically, if you liked Falling Kingdoms you will also enjoy Rebel Spring. The combination of political strife with this overarching magical plot line makes this series extremely enjoyable. The fact that it is a multi-book series allows Rhodes to develop most of her characters into realistic people with a surprising amount of depth. The world is intricately built and while the plot is slow to culminate, I have a feeling that the series will continue to get better. I’ve already requested book 3 on Overdrive, so clearly I am excited to continue!

4/5★

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