Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes


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…

4.5 stars out of 5

“Evil is a choice one makes, not a natural state of being.”

After reading Falling Kingdoms I didn’t understand why everyone was so obsessed with this series. Granted, it was a good book but I didn’t think it was deserving of such praise. But now having finished Rebel Spring, I’m obsessed too!

Rebel Spring is much more fast paced, the characters are not as annoying as they were in the previous book, and Magnus.
Oh Magnus, how I love you. He is by far the most interesting, complicated, and well developed character. He’s flawed, intelligent, and vindictive. He’s also swoon worthy. I never thought I would say that, but it’s the truth. There’s just something about him. For example:

‘But she didn’t fall. Someone was there, reaching an arm around her waist to steady her. She looked up expecting to see Nic, but it was Magnus.

His dark brows were drawn tightly together. “Problem, princess?”‘

The plot in this book is much more complex than the first. It kept me intrigued and interested the entire time and left me in awe many times. Albeit, there are some cliche moments but they’re overshadowed by the larger story.

Overall, Rebel Spring is a fantastic sequel that gives more depth to characters from the first book that desperately needed it, widens the scope of the story, and delivers death after death.

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