Rebel SpringWritten by Morgan Rhodes
(Razorbill - 12/3/2013)Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook (401 pages)(12:15)
Narrator: Fred Berman
Source: Library of Magan Bagan
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 have to admit that thanks to the bounty of dystopian YA series, I’m a bit exhausted by all the rebel themes. That being said, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the rebel parts of this book were my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong — I still really enjoyed this book! — but the rebels? Argh.
Let me get that part out of the way first, I guess. Jonas and his band of rebels got on my last nerve. It’s pretty impressive how effective Rhodes has been at showing differences between the folks from Auranos vs. Paelsia vs. Limeros. One hates to um, form generalities about a group of people, but damn… Paelsians are so freaking impulsive and never think things through! Arrrrrrgh!
Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… The story was just as full of intrigue and mystery and magic and tension as I would have expected. Morgan Rhodes is SO GOOD at weaving all these threads into such an intricate pattern that makes you think you know what’s coming, but you actually don’t.
Cleo and Magnus have turned into my two favorite characters, but with the introduction of some new folks in this book, there were plenty of interesting personalities and relationships to enjoy. Some villains are easy to despise, while others leave you guessing (which I LOVE).
Overall, this is a solid sequel to Falling Kingdoms, and I went straight into Gathering Darkness after finishing this one. Note about the audiobook: the narrator is pretty darn great, but his voice for Lucia was not my favorite.