Rebel Springs by Morgan Rhodes

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.

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys, it’s Meaghan again! After my quick break from the series, I came back to the Falling Kingdoms series and finished Book 2, Rebel Springs! My full review is below, with spoilers under the read more!

“Sometimes, to regain sanity, one had to acknowledge and embrace the madness.”

Stars (Out of 10): 9/10

Overall Thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this one much more than the first book, as everything seemed to mesh together more! The writing style and plot seemed to click together more in this book, and characters that I either lost interest in in the first book or grew to dislike have redeemed themselves! All in all, this is definitely a book that makes me want to continue the series!

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE


The Good: I loved the character growth of this book, and how things are starting to seem a bit more realistic after the “everyone dies” scheme the first book had, or maybe I’m just getting used to it! I also like how we are learning more about magic and the Watchers, and I hope that trend continues in Gathering Darkness!

The Bad: I didn’t like Lucia’s sudden transformation at all. It seemed too sudden and out of character. I get how she could lose control and kill her bunny, but her sudden malice with the tutor made no sense at all. The evilness should be something she slowly grew into, not a sudden on and off switch. Also, some deaths still were pointless, like Mira’s, and it almost seems like the author wants Cleo isolated.

The Characters: I loved the character growth of Cleo we see, and how much stronger and independent she is becoming! I also began to like the rebels more, as I found that POV kind of boring in Falling Kingdoms. I also am starting to like Magnus again after his sudden evilness at the end of book 1, and he’s beginning to redeem himself in my eyes. I am also so happy that Aron is dead, and that I don’t have to read his ridiculous words anymore.

The Plot: I thought I would enjoy this book less due to it’s rebel based plot, but I actually loved it. It wasn’t an amazing second book like ACOMAF or Catching Fire was, but it also didn’t have SBS (second book syndrome). It had it’s own unique plot and had lots of elements that made the book all it’s own, but still built a lot for the rest of the series to use!

The World Building: I still love the world building, and loved that we got to see more into magical side of things. I wished they had gone more into detail of the other lands besides Mytica, as characters from neighboring countries seem to be showing up, but I’ll just hope for that in book 3!

The Stereotypical Tropes: There might be a love triangle forming, unrequited love, hate turning to love, tyrant king

The Favorite Character: Cleo!

Buy it, Borrow it, Or Bin it: Buy it!

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