Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2)
By Morgan Rhodes
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
Rebel Spring was the action packed sequel to Falling Kingdoms. As a result of the Chieftain’s untimely death at the hands of King Gaius, the country of Paelsia was put in an awful situation as their citizens were slaves to the King who decided to take over the whole continent of Mytica. The king was even more power hungry after seizing all three territories. Paelsian rebels sprung up, with Jonas as their leader.
Basically, everything fell apart at the end of the first book and the second book consisted of multiple attempts to regain power. Everyone was working towards different means, and unlikely partnerships were formed between rebels and royalty. I enjoyed the power struggle and the multiple points of view as the characters attempted to form a rebellion or simply survive. There was even a power struggle going in the Sanctuary, which was a bit crazy considering those immortals should be working together.
I like this series so far and I am definitely going to continue to the next book. As I said in my review of book one, this series is not going to wow anyone just finishing a Sarah J Maas novel or something like the Game of Thrones books because their writing is far more superior, but the Falling Kingdoms series is certainly adventurous and entertaining. I’m interested in the fates of the characters, so I recommend the books so far.