Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

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Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

by Morgan Rhodes

Penguin Young Readers Group | July 15, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.

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.

Praise for Falling Kingdoms

“From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel . . . will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued.”—Booklist
“[It] will gut you emotionally . . . make you ache, cry, and beg for the sequel as you turn the last page. I absolutely loved it.”—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Queen

“This triple-layered tale of bloodshed, heartbreak, and tangled court intrigue kept me turning pages very late into the night.”—Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange and Starling

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595145923

ISBN - 13: 9781595145925

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than the first book This was a great read! This series just keeps getting better and better.
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrilling Sequel! "Rebel Spring" the second intoxicating book in the Falling Kingdoms series begins in the City of Gold where King Gaius Damora has taken the throne, uniting the people with the marriage of his son Magnus and the Auranosian Princess Cleo, and building a blood splattered road across Mytica in his quest to find the Kindred; crystals that will not only bring him immortality but ultimate power. Morgan Rhodes sets the stage for this mesmerizing page turner in the country of Mytica where the kingdoms of Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia have been merged by the evil, blood-thirsty and power-hungry conqueror King Gaius. The threads of this exciting plot follow; the quiet defiance of Princess Cleo forced into an arranged marriage; Prince Magnus, the tyrant's heir who struggles to overcome his inner turmoil and growing hatred; Princess Lucia's control and fear of the magic of elementia; and Jonas Agallon's continuing rebellion to free his people. The plot is fast-paced and action-packed as King Gaius becomes more brutal, building a road drenched with the blood of slave labour so his sorceress daughter Lucia can point the way to the power he craves. Cleverly woven into this well-written, captivating story about a country where magic is not impossible and people grapple for its power are the Watchers who invade dreams and shape-shift to observe mortals, waiting for their chance to breach their Sanctuary and return to the moral world. As blood is shed and nature in the mortal world revolts in a tornado, earthquakes and wildfire, pieces of a formidable Watcher's plan emerge that will see death reign as the human world burns. The violence, intimidation, brute strength, despair and heartbreak so much a part of this plot are only diluted with the tenderness, deliverance, mercy and bravery of the four young people who struggle in the web of deception, loss and treachery. Morgan Rhodes creates unforgettable and complex characters with flaws and faults that imperil them at every turn. Princess Cleo Bellos haunted by the deaths in her family and dethroned by a cruel tyrant is opinionated, defiant, and strong-willed which constantly brings confrontation with King Gaius. Engaged once to the shallow, cowardly arrogant Lord Aron Lagaris who betrayed her secret, she's suddenly trapped into an arranged marriage with the Prince she loathes. Prince Magnus seems as sullen, cruel, cold and harsh as his father masking any sense of humanity. In this story the forbidden love that he feels for his sister Lucia begins to weaken in the light of Lucia's hostility and his growing admiration for the Auranosian Princess. Lucia Damora, stolen as a baby because of her magical ability struggles with the darkness and strength of a power the King covets. Among the rebels who fight to thwart Gaius's cruelty are Jonas Agallon the stubborn, wary and resourceful Paelsian; Lysandra Barbas a bold, fearless and skilled archer and Brion Radenos who's loyal, amiable and self-sacrificing. All these characters add to the intensity, passion and drama of a riveting story that ends in an explosive an cliff-hanger. I enjoyed " Rebel Spring" and will continue to follow this riveting fantasy series that grips you from the first page to the last.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Can't wait for the next book in this series
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greattt An absolute read for those who enjoy fantasy and a good quest. Can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great sequel! Fantasy has quickly become one of my favorite genres to read, especially in YA, because there is such a spectrum to chose from. Morgan Rhodes was an author I was familiar only because of her pen name; Michelle Rowen. I loved Michelle's writing, but when I saw that she was writing a new series under a new name, I was very intrigued. And I am so glad I started it because Falling Kingdoms, which came out last year, was one of my favorite fantasies of that year. You can read my review here. Rebel spring opens right where Falling Kingdoms leaves off. And I will admit that I had forgotten most of what happened in the first book because I read it so long ago, but I will tell you this, Morgan Rhodes does a great job of slowly revealing what happened before, without info-dumping. This is something i always look for in sequels because I think it is very important, especially to someone who does remember most of what happened. You don't want to bore them right off the bat. This second installment was fantastic for many reasons, because it is told from many different perspectives (like Falling Kingdoms) but I thought that this time around there was so much more substance to each character. Especially Magnus, who I seriously hated in the first book, but grew to like in this one. He is such a complicated character and you that in this book. You discover what he has to deal with internally and with the expectations of his heartless father. Celia was another character who I loved in this novel, not because her and Magnus were so connected in this book, but because she grew so much, and we her having to deal with feelings she never thought she would have to feel. It was great to see the evolution of her relationship with Magnus, because it goes from one spectrum to the other over the coarse of the book, and i loved that. Rebel Spring doesn't leave anything to be desired as far as death and mystery are concerned. We get plenty of both in this sequel. And seeing how shocked I was with certain deaths in Falling Kingdoms, she does the same with Rebel Spring. I don't think any character is safe from her, and I am scared of what will happened in the next book! But I still cannot wait. This series is filled with romance, mystery and so much betrayal that you will no be able to put it down. I guarantee it.
Date published: 2014-01-05

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Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel

by Morgan Rhodes

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1595145923

ISBN - 13: 9781595145925

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.*** Copyright © 2013 by Morgan Rhodes PROLOGUE   Death cast a long shadow across the barren miles of Paelsia. The news of Chief Basilius’s murder spread swiftly, and vil­lages throughout the land fell into a deep mourning. They grieved a great man—a sorcerer who could touch magic and whom many in this land with no official religion thought of as a living god. “What will we do without him?” was a constant cry in the days and weeks that followed. “We are lost!” “Honestly,” Lysandra grumbled to her older brother, Gregor, as they snuck out of their family’s cottage at twilight. “He never showed any true magic. It was all just talk! It’s like they forget he taxed us all to death. The chief was a liar and a thief who lived high and mighty at his compound, sucking back wine and food while the rest of us starved!” “Hush,” Gregor warned, but he was laughing. “You speak your mind far too much, “I can handle trouble.” Lysandra aimed her arrow at the target on a tree twenty paces away and let go. She hit the very center. Pride warmed her on this cool evening and she glanced at her brother for his reaction. “Nice shot.” His grin widened and he nudged her aside to take his turn. “However, this will be nicer.” Easily, he split her arrow in two. She couldn’t help but be im­pressed. They&rsq
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War brought them together. Love will tear them apart.

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.

Praise for Falling Kingdoms

“From an opening dripping with blood, magic, and betrayal through complex interweaving plots detailing treachery, deceit, and forbidden love, this novel . . . will immediately engage readers and keep them intrigued.”—Booklist
“[It] will gut you emotionally . . . make you ache, cry, and beg for the sequel as you turn the last page. I absolutely loved it.”—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Queen

“This triple-layered tale of bloodshed, heartbreak, and tangled court intrigue kept me turning pages very late into the night.”—Lesley Livingston, author of Wondrous Strange and Starling

About the Author

Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series. Under another pen name, she''s an award winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she’s currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.

Editorial Reviews

"Morgan Rhodes has created a rich, living fantasy world and characters that immediately draw the reader in. This is one of those series you can''t help but be obsessed with -- I can''t wait to see what happens next!" — RICHELLE MEAD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series