Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes


Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes is the second installment of the Falling Kingdoms series.

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This review contains a lot of SPOILERS!



rebel springThe 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.


This is the series that I have no clue who will be there at the end.

So many characters have been killed off, and it’s only two books in! I will say that this book will keep you on your toes.

First off, King Gaius is a conniving havoc on his kingdom. And his people don’t know the half of it, until this book. As you’ve been able to guess with the title, this is the beginning of the rebellion. It was interesting to see how the movement grew from one murder into smaller groups joining forces.

img_2994Lysandra was also an interesting character to jump in with. She’s the glue of the rebellion as she makes sure the members don’t kill each other, which they almost do on several occasions. She’s the girl that no one expects to be in charge, so she uses it to her advantage.

And then we are dropped back into the chaos that is Cleo, Magnus, Jonas, and Lucia’s lives. And there is so much development between them since the beginning of Book 1.

Who could have expected that Cleo and Jonas would be a thing, but then there’s that weird connection she has with Magnus that makes me wonder what will happen between them all. I could feel a forbidden, yet blossoming connection between Cleo and the Prince, and honestly, I really want it to continue!

But then Magnus is still coddling his love for his sister that, as a reader, you can’t tell if it’s shot down 100%. I can’t even picture how all of this is going to continue in the future books, but I bet it’s going to be a mess.

And Aron. Once page 376 hit, I was soo excited. I could not stand that character. He had so many opportunities to change his life’s views around, but finally, karma hit him strong. We don’t have to worry about his crappy antics anymore. Yay!

I really loved all of the intricate connections these characters have with the magical system. Things are about to happen, and the sisterly-bond that forms between Cleo and Lucia has me giddy with excitement!

Through the all the gore and death, I still think this series has a ton of potential. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars. I was constantly thrilled by the plot, and the characters draw you in for more. There are so many plot twists, and the ending leaves a mystery for what could happen next!

I highly recommend this book for Fantasy lovers and those who love not knowing what could lie around the corner.

Discussion Questions:

  • What are your favorite scenes in Rebel Spring?
  • Were you just as relieved with Aron’s death?
  • What are your predictions for Gathering Darkness?
  • Who do you think are going to end up as a couple?


Published: 3 December 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 401

How I Read It: Paperback / Audiobook


I’m currently through Gathering Darkness, but I hope to catch up to Frozen Tides here pretty soon!

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In case you missed it, here are the prior reviews in the series:

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7 thoughts on “Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

  1. I really don’t like Cleo and Jonas together. I found this whole relationship to be kind of bland. I completely agree with you about the her connection with Magnus. It feels very thrilling 😀
    I am glad you liked this book so much! How are you enjoing Gathering Darkness?

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    1. I haven’t gotten very far in GD (AKA 5 pages), but I hope to get a chunk done tonight!! I did NOT like Magnus at first, but now he’s slowly growing on me.


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