Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series
Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world…
When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.
My experience with FALLING KINGDOMS wasn’t the most positive, but after the good ending I couldn’t wait to start REBEL SPRING. And you’ll be happy to know REBEL SPRING is everything I wanted.
What made me enjoy REBEL SPRING more than FALLING KINGDOMS? For starters I found the characters to be much more likeable. I had grown to like them and they were undergoing some fantastic developments. Chloe is becoming my favourite, with her determination but also her wit and planning. She is hungry for revenge but not stupid enough to try and get it on her own. Magnus grew on me too. I never really liked him in the first book, where he was obsessed with power and Lucia. Now, however, he is starting to care about other things, and we got to see a few scenes that made me think he would be a great character. Lucia is the only character I really couldn’t care about. I just don’t like her. At all. For various reasons.
The violent plot line was ramped up in REBEL SPRING. You get betrayal, people doing what it takes to fulfill their own selfish desires, bloody twists, exciting fights, and the occassional shocking massacre. It was what I had been wanting in the first novel. Such horrible turns of events that you could never quite predict that just left you reading in shock, barely absorbing the words. It was fantastic.
Romantic developments were also surprising. Couples I’d never really considered starting forming. There was one or two that came out of nowhere but I’m interested in seeing where they lead. Some of my OTPs were blown to bits when one of the characters dies (in fast, shocking ways). I loved it.
REBEL SPRING, overall, was what I’d been hoping for. Everything is done better and, though it was slow at points, I most definitely enjoyed this more than FALLING KINGDOMS. After another cliffhanger ending, I cannot wait to see what twists and surprises await us in the third novel and to see if this is going to be a series that gets better over time (those are my favourite types of series)