Spoilers for Falling Kingdoms. You can read my review of the first in the series here.
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.
I am a big fan of high fantasy so this series is instantly likeable for me. I was drawn to Falling Kingdoms by the tag line ‘Game of Thrones for YA’. Since I’m a big GoT fan I figured this would be right up my alley. It did not disappoint. I felt that this sequel held up well and continued the story nicely as well as further delved into past characters while introducing a few new faces.
This series is told with multiple point of views with Rebel Spring adding even more than the first book. Some readers dislike multiple point of views because it makes connecting to the characters more difficult and sometimes can be confusing. I found that Rhodes handled her multiple POVs well and I never felt confused. Each character felt unique and seeing from all the different point of views helped to progress the story.
I found the pacing to be enjoyable with some parts, the action scenes, moving fast yet the character driven scenes were slower but never dull to me. My only qualm about this book was that it didn’t feel like it had a very tangible stand alone story arc and was largely just a continuation of Falling Kingdoms.
I really love to read high fantasy with a huge cast of characters because this allows for there to be more of an opportunity to surprise me with twist and turns and also characters to dispose of. In my fantasy I want there to be no one safe and for me to be shocked by who the author plans to destroy with their story line. Rhodes employs this strategy gracefully and effectively.
I will admit that I’ve not become overly invested or attached to any one character but I find them all to be intriguing and unique in their voice and experiences. I was very happy to see some chapters told from King Gaius’ point of view because I hoped to see something deeper in him than evil and the desire to rule. I was a tad let down because his point of view felt underutilized to me and I wasn’t given much more than what I already knew about him from other characters observations. I’m hoping that Rhodes will explore him further in the next installment.
Of all the characters Cleo was the easiest to relate to and she had the most growth. Her and Jonas are very much the fan favorites and I look forward to where their stories are taken.
Overall Rebel Spring is a strong sequel that progresses the original story and characters while weaving in some new faces. I look forward to seeing where Rhodes takes and finishes this series.