Monday, February 16, 2015

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes Review

Rebel Spring
(Falling Kingdoms #2)
Publication Date: December 2013
Hardcover, 401 pages, Razorbill
Genres: YA, Fantasy

The road to 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.

My Review

I have to be honest. I didn’t entirely love the first book in this series. I know, I know. What the heck’s wrong with me? Well, I didn’t really feel like I could connect with any of the characters. The multiple point of views didn’t let me understand them and their personalities. This was especially difficult considering this was the first book. I had no idea who the people were! The only reason I decided to pick the second book up was because of all the hype. However, when I was reading this book, I had the pleasure of actually knowing who the characters were so I enjoyed it lot more. Yay!

Mytica is still in disaster-mode and the characters are still in WTF-mode, but it just felt like this was a whole different book. A more well-developed book. But, while I did like the storyline better, I felt like nothing really happened. I guess this just comes with the fact that there are going to be like five or six books in this series. There’s going to be some books that not a lot happens in.

As for the characters, Jonas and Magnus are my babes! I love them both! I also like Cleo, the new character Lysandra, and even the evilness of the king. But I DO. NOT. LIKE. LUCIA. I can’t really explain why, but I hate her character. I can’t stand reading her chapters. If they weren’t essential to the storyline, I would totally skip them. Maybe I don’t like her because she’s the only magical person in the realm and it just feels like she’s cheating and that she shouldn’t be there? I honestly am not sure.

All in all, this review has pretty much been a plethora of my most random thoughts about this book (I’m writing this pretty late at night.). If you were like me though, and you couldn’t find yourself really loving the first book, pick up Rebel Spring and give it a try. You might like the series better after.

*Note: I purchased a copy of this book for myself.

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