Published by Razorbill on December 3rd 2013
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.
***I will do my best to discuss without spoilers. Read on with caution!
Rebel Spring is the second book in the Falling Kingdoms and let me sum it up:
- I am addicted to this series
- The twists and turns are stressful in a good way
- I love all the characters even the evil villain
- I am kicking myself for not reading this series sooner
- I love Rebel Spring more – it gets better and better
- I still hate King Gauis with a passion
If you have watched Vampire Diaries you know that the characters are constantly getting stabbed and/or killed. After a while you realize no character is safe and it becomes rather routine. The same exact thing happens with Falling Kingdoms. Soooo many characters get the axe that you start wondering if every.single.character will parish at the hand of Morgan Rhodes. So many people die…it is craziness. You will be reading along and BAM so-and-so has died. You don’t have time to be shocked because right around the corner something else will happen – possibly another death. So much for the short lived peacefulness. Speaking of peacefulness. It doesn’t happen much because there are so many twist and turns. Which ultimately makes these books highly addicting. When I am reading these books nothing exists but the three kingdoms and the characters who reside in them.
King Gaius is a character you love to hate. He is so evil and treats everyone like crap, and he should be tortured like he does everybody else. That wedding, ugh, I hate what happened with that. But he is what makes the story so addicting. It reminds me a lot of An Ember in the Ashes. Now his son Magnus, I am still not sure how I feel about him. Everybody tends to love him but I don’t know. Sure he has his nice moments but I feel like he is too much like his father – an ass. I am certain him and Cleo will end up together for real but I think I’d actually like to see her with Jonas more. But I know I know, Jonas hated Cleo at first too. He wanted to kill her at the very beginning. It is so complex haha. Of course, a lot of people don’t like Cleo anyways but I am always antsy to get back to her story during POV changes. These books have the perfect chapter endings.
It is such an epic ya fantasy series to sum it up. I can’t quit talking about it because it has everything plus some! So I am going to be pushy for a second…GO FORTH AND READ THIS SERIES.