Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes is delightfully fantastic! It picks up shortly after where Falling Kingdoms ends and introduces us to life under King Gaius's rule over Mytica (the united front of each territory). Gaius knows what the people want, and he knows how to manipulate people in a way to get what he wants, but makes it look like he is doing it for the good of the people. Sneaky, sneaky!
Cleo is under the "protection" of King Gaius when really she is little more than a glorified prisoner. She is still searching for the answers about the ring her father gave her. She is hoping that magic still exists and that she can use it to claim her throne. I am definitely on Cleo's side in all of this. She a much stronger character in this novel than in the first one.
Lucia is passed out as a reaction to the events at the end of Falling Kingdoms. But is there something else going on with her? While "sleeping" she dreams of the Watchers and golden eyed birds. All of the mythology revolving around magic in this series, and the religion that Rhodes created, is highly fascinating! I really want to know more background and, while some questions are answered here, I think the next one will provide even more depth.
Magnus is trying to be the dutiful son, and heir, to King Gaius, but he doesn't agree with his father and he is still hopelessly in love with Lucia. Even though he was hard to get behind in Falling Kingdoms, I find myself drawn to him in Rebel Spring. I like him, and I think Rhodes was able to slightly redeem him. Readers can relate much more to his plight in this novel than in the first one. Which is partly why I liked him so much more here.
Jonas is still a rebel, but now he is a rebel to King Gaius's cause. He, too, wants to get his hands on Princess Cleo but, probably, for different reasons than Gaius. He is trying to be a leader, but not everyone in the rebel camp thinks he is cut out for the job, or that he is doing enough.
There is action, adventure, romance, murder, intrigue, and magic. Everything that makes for a good fantasy novel. While this series has been compared to Game of Thrones (and I do see the connections), it does better to stand on its own. Comparing it to Game of Thrones will only bring it down. There are new characters which are fun, and I have a few I'm rooting for, that I hope will appear in the next novel. There were a lot of surprises, and things that made my jaw drop! I can't wait to read the next one!
Any fan of Fantasy will enjoy this series!
The sensational high fantasy series that is Game of Thrones for teens
Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms?Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia?are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world. . . .
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 deadly outcome of her breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms
JONAS watches at the palace gates, a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius When 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 cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.