Series: Falling Kingdoms #2
Published by Razorbill on December 3rd 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Kindle eBook
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.
Love triangles, love triangles everywhere. You know what this book needs? More love triangles, that’ll help!
I think I found Rebel Spring more disappointing than Falling Kingdoms. Yes, there were plenty of tropes I disliked in the first one, predictable plotlines, and flat characters, but it was much better than this. It took me that long to get through it that I was almost ready to DNF it, but that wasn’t something I could bring myself to do unfortunately.
There are maybe three things I liked in this book: my two favourite characters (or rather the two characters I can actually tolerate) interacting, the slivers of plot progression, the history of magic getting revealed bit by bit.
Cleo and Magnus are, once again, the only characters I kind of like in this series. Cleo figuring out how to navigate her way through surviving under King Gaius’ rule is great, and Magnus attempting slightly in the background (despite himself) to save people is nice to see too. Although, granted, he doesn’t really try that hard. The conflict between them, and within themselves, is nice to read about though. Lucia can’t seem to decide who she is in this book, she jumps backwards and forwards in characterisation at the drop of a hat.
Meanwhile, Jonas is leading a rebel plot that is so slow moving, and dull at times, that I found myself skimming a lot of his chapters. Lysandra, who joins their cause, was an interesting addition for a while, but there is only so much I can take of the ‘I’m not like other girls’ thing before I start giving up on the characters improving. Lucia, Cleo, and nearly every other teenage girl in this series have a lot of negative opinions on other women and it is a huge pain. Of course, all of these opinions have to do with guys as well, so let’s get onto the love triangles, yeah?
Nearly every chapter brought a new love triangle. Well, probably not nearly every, but it certainly felt like it. Cleo has, potentially, three men vying for her attentions. Jonas has three women, Lucia has two men, Lysandra has someone after hers while she’s in denial about her feelings for someone else, and Nic is after Cleo’s while someone else is after his.
Also, speaking of love triangles and relationships, etc, we got an LGBT+ character (potentially bi, potentially gay?) in this one. Unfortunately, he gets a guy drunk to the point he can’t say no and kisses him in an alley against his will after sort of threatening his life. So, uh, there’s that really uncomfortable encounter.
The Watchers, all of which are thousands of years old, tell stories of Watchers that fell for mortals and lost themselves or died. You want to guess what happens? The ones we read about fall for mortals. Wow, what a shock. Never would have seen that coming; I mean, granted, we don’t even get to see any of the development of the feelings so yeah it is kind of out of the blue, but ugh.
This book is full of predictable plots, love triangles, girl hate, immortal beings falling for mortals out of the blue after stalking them for years, and it’s actually quite boring. Maybe the third one will be better? Maybe?
Why do I do this to myself?