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Review: Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

Rebel SpringTitle: Rebel Spring

Author: Morgan Rhodes

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series: Falling Kingdoms (Book #2)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

ISBN-10: 1595145931 (Razorbill/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-1595145932 (Razorbill/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: An exhilarating follow up, filled with adventure, magic, and bravado.

Opening Sentence: Death cast a long shadow across the barren miles of Paelsia.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

It isn’t common when a young adult fantasy book transcends the expectations and finds itself alongside the word “saga.” Morgan Rhodes’ Rebel Spring has brought the Falling Kingdoms series into the saga genre. Not only does Rhodes bring a captivating story, but she has developed this world so intricate and entwined that each character has become an integral part of my literary world.

Auranos has been defeated, and young Cleo has been dethroned. Limeros, Paelsia, and Auranos has been united as a singular country called Mytica. Three nations brought together by power, but eventually will also be destroyed by power.

Rebel Spring has more point of views than Falling Kingdoms. It was a bit confusing at first, given that there were more than 5. After a while, I had to stop focusing on a person, and instead just followed each nation. Regardless of a victory, each nation and person are still fighting for the throne.

Cleo has become a prisoner in her own home. It was interesting to see her character develop. At times, her path was predictable, and others I was surprised. Her persona is familiar, gathering traits from other heroines that I know.

I wasn’t sure about Magnus in Falling Kingdoms, and I am still unsure of his character now. It was like he was written to be hated, but with an inward desire to be loved. I struggled a bit with his affection for his sister. It felt strong and aggressive, and I wasn’t too comfortable with it.

Lucia and Jonas weren’t the strong side characters that I needed them to be. It is a bit unfair to fault them, for there are so many characters in the young adult world that demand attention. There were points of attitude and personality traits that I do not prefer, but I feel that they needed to be these people for this point in the story.

Rebel Spring, its characters, this world… I am obsessed with them, regardless of my nit-picking. There was action around every corner, inclusive of greed, power, and gore. There is a story to be heard, and Rhodes has my attention. I wish that the constant change of voices slowed down, but I don’t normally like reading more than one voice per story.

Notable Scene:

“Stop!” Cleo shouted, the word escaping her before she even realized it. She trembled from head to foot, her heart pounding so hard that it rocked her entire frame. “Don’t do this! Please, don’t! He didn’t lie. He – he was telling the truth! We were together one single time. I did give my chastity to him knowingly and without reservation!”

The guard holding the dagger froze, the edge of the blade pressed to Aron’s pink, squirming tongue.

“Well, now,” King Gaius said softly, but Cleo had never heard more menace in anyone’s voice. “That certainly changes things, doesn’t it?”

Falling Kingdoms:

1. Falling Kingdoms

2. Rebel Spring

3. Gathering Darkness

4. Frozen Tides

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FTC Advisory: Razorbill/Penguin provided me with a copy of Rebel Spring.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  

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