REBEL SPRING (Falling Kingdoms #2)
Published: November 27th 2013 by Seguinte
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.
“Evil is a choice one makes, not a natural state of being.”
I started Rebel Spring with pretty high expectations, considering everyone kept telling me this book was a lot better than Falling Kingdoms (which didn’t impress me). And while I did feel that way during the first half, the second one kind of made this a little bit disappointing for me.
Rhodes is still doing a wonderful job at managing the various POVs. We had more characters weighing in this time around, which I actually liked a lot? It enriched the story and didn’t make the book feel crowded or heavy. All of the characters had very different voices, and it never felt like I was reading about the same person, just with a different name, over and over again. And the story continued to flow very nicely, even with all the shifts in POVs.
Character development was great! Every single character changed and grew in this book. There was a noticeable difference between who they were this time around and who they were at the beginning of the series. Surprising to me was how much Cleo changed, at least during the first half of the book. She was the one character I had the hardest time caring about/liking in Falling Kingdoms, but in this one she wasn’t as much of an annoyance. Although, she did seem to forget what was going on around her when a cute guy locked lips with her, which was exasperating!
As you can probably guess, I did have a problem with the romance again, which was prominent during the second half of Rebel Spring. I don’t think Rhodes knows how to write them very well. There was instalove again, which this time, was between different characters! There were also other possible couples and hints at romance which made absolutely no sense to me.
Also there was a lot of character death? Which didn’t seem to add much purpose to the story. Aside from, you know, shocking us. One in particular felt like such a loss. It was a character who had one POV chapter in the book, and who Rhodes could’ve explored more throughout the story, since their perspective was really interesting.
The final stretch of Rebel Spring almost made up for all the weird and unnecessary romance, though. There was actually one new character *coughs*Ashur*coughs* who I want to see more of!! And I have to give it to Rhodes, because she does write a good ending: a lot of things came to light, new threads were forged, so once again I’m curious to find out what happens next!