Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes


Published: Razorbill
Publisher: December 2013
Pages: 401
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads

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.

Review:
Book #2. Am I ever glad that I waited for a few of these titles to be printed BEFORE starting this series. I was able to dive right into Rebel Spring after reading Falling Kingdoms and it was TOTALLY worthwhile. 

So Rebel Spring is much darker and much more involved than its predecessor. You will not have to worry about second book suckitis here because there is plenty of action happening.  What you can look forward to are more unexpected deaths in this book.  

STOP HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THE SPOILERS

King Gaius flexes his power and ruthlessness over the Princess under the guise of Magnus and Cleo's romance.  It is all a farce of course but the two young people do have a spark, a connection that binds them in the most unusual way.  They both have a hatred of the king and I am very eager to see how this ignites. 

Magnus fails to inspire me as a prince as he lacks the ability to stand up to his tyrant father. Nor does he seem particularly clever in outwitting his father in playing at his own game. I think he would be a less ruthless ruler and more kind to the people of the three lands but has he really learned anything about ruling a kingdom from dear old Dad?  With Cleo, they could make a formidable pair.  It makes me wonder if he will come into his strengths later because he does FEEL guilt and remorse over his actions and those of his father. He also takes action to prevent unnecessary circumstances (Mira and Thanos).  Plus, he DID keep Nic alive after recognizing that he had saved Magnus'  life from Cleo.

Last spoiler - Chapter 30 - WHAT???!! The hot bachelor prince is gay???

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So my take on Book #2 is to obviously read it if you have finished Book #1 but be prepared for lots of action and more deaths.  I wholeheartedly enjoyed it and am rooting for Book #3.  Bring on Gathering Darkness!!

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