31 Dec 2015

REVIEW: REBEL SPRING (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes


Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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.

This is one of the best young adult high fantasy series I've ever read. I love that there is so much tension and build up and that we get to see everything that is happening while the characters are unaware. It makes the tension for us so high that we are reading on the edge of our seat. Once you start this one you can't put it back down and once you finish you immediately need to read the next book. This is one of those series that not a lot of people talk about but those who do, are so in love with it that they won't shut up about it once you get them started.

The stakes are even higher this time -- which to be honest didn't seem possible after the end of FALLING KINGDOMS, yet Rhodes masterfully creates a world in which there isn't any rest for the good and the wicked are dreaming (mostly about Watchers). I was a little concerned during the first book that the "big bad" would be King Gaius, but I am really glad that there are more layers to this than what is obvious. With the introduction of new Watchers and a new prince from a far away kingdom, GATHERING DARKNESS promises to have the right amount of tension and confusion.

I was a little put off by the fact that every girl immediately hated one another upon sight because of beauty. That is my only complaint in this one, otherwise everything was flawless. I liked that there was more death and disaster in this one and that we finally got to see more of the magic being used -- not just by Lucia but the magic in the world. I liked that there are rules and prophecies and I just REALLY like this series.

The pacing for this one is so good because as it switches points of view, it also helps you realize how much or how little time has passed between events. As much as big casts sometimes cause problems because of their ability to make all characters seem the same, I think this cast has distinct voices and allows for the passage of time and location to happen seamlessly.

Jonas grows more this time but like Cleo mentions, he stills acts the same way as he did back in the first book. He is so blinded by vengenance at some points that he can't see the bigger picture. But I think his little ... accident at the end will make him see the light.

Magnus is finally being someone I can root for. I love that he admits that he is following his father's orders because he is scared for his life -- and that at the end he says eff that and starts to become his own man.

Cleo is literally bae. I would sacrifice myself for Cleo's happiness. I also like that she is starting to research magic more and figured out so much about it!! That's all I will say on that one.

Lucia is becoming so dark and twisted and I love it. I like that she's not completely good or evil but that she is a bit of both. I think where Magnus was doing as he was told because he feared for his life, Lucia does what she is told because she wants to use the excuse to do these ruthless things and I LOVE IT. I'm here for it.

If you haven't started this series yet, why?? Start it right now. Meet these characters and fall in love with them.


  1. FINE. You've convinced me. *adds to Kindle*

  2. HEY! I'm literally checking on all blogs and you're my first one! First up, your blog is so nice and second, I can't wait to read the Falling Kingdoms series!

  3. I keep seeing this series around. Hopefully I get to it soon!

  4. I've never met anyone else who likes this series-YaY

  5. I thought Falling Kingdoms was just okay, but your review makes me want to read Rebel Spring!

  6. I really liked the development of Cleo's character. The way Morgan symoblizes her as a prisoner, it just had my heart racing, LOL. I mean, I was about to order a draft from the best medical essay service to guide me just how to relax my adrenaline down. This masterpiece by Morgan is a masterpiece, indeed.

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