Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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.
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"FALLING KINGDOMS" Spin-off
I really enjoyed the sequel of "Falling Kingdoms"! I still believe that this series is a much better set for a YA "Game of thrones" ;)
As the plot thickens and slowly the mystery behind the Kindered unravels, feelings ignite, friendships are tested and yes, characters die.
I felt bad for the secondary characters who had to die in order for the protagonists to move on and in a way become stronger. On the other hand, I wanted more of Lucia's POV. Since she is the key in all this I belive we'll see more of her soon. The Watchers also have their own agenda and when a mysterious prince appears, well we are going on a ride on the next novels!
I only hope Magnus will soon find a chance and kill his Father. That King is pissing me off.
There are many kings on many books I read this yead who I wish them dead. And I am sure you know them. From "Winner's Curse", "Throne of Glass", "The Defiance" series and I am sure there are more.
The ending wasn't a cliffhanger (thank God) which left me with the NEED to read the rest! :)
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