Title: Rebel Spring
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Published: December 2013
I would recommend reading further only if you have already read Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1).
Summary: King Gaius is now in power over Mytica and has his sights set on building an Imperial Road in his pursuit of the Kindred. This road, which is shrouded in mystery, is being built at the expense of Paelsian slaves’ blood and lives. The young rebels born out if King Gaius’s betrayal of the Paelsians, led by Jonas, are trying to find ways to stop the King from continuing with the construction and to free their people. Meanwhile, Princess Cleo is being held in a gilded cage that once was her home, being used as a puppet in King Gaius’s plans. She is trying to survive while also trying to learn more about the ring her father left her with his final breaths. Prince Magnus is trying to earn his father’s trust to solidify his place as heir to the throne, but he seems to need to sell his soul bit by bit in this pursuit.
My Thoughts: This was a great follow up to Falling Kingdoms, keeping the action coming and the politics spinning. Each of the three main characters are in more delicate positions and finding themselves amidst the absolute chaos in this King Gaius-led world. This King of Blood is living up to his name, slaughtering any who gets in his way, making him more and more villainous. The three main characters, Jonas, Cleo, and Magnus are really developing and growing as they navigate their respectively precarious situations and come to terms with reality. More time is spent with the Watchers and their history (my least favorite narrators of the book). The Watchers also interfere quite a bit with mortals in this book instead of just “watching.” In the last book, I think Jonas is the character who experiences the greatest transformation, but in this one I would give that award to Prince Magnus. The way his character is left at the end of the book has me dying to know what happens in the next installment. Another great book in a series that is quickly turning into a favorite for me.