Review: "Rebel Spring" by Morgan Rhodes

Rebel Spring is an exciting sequal to Morgan Rhodes' book Falling Kingdoms. This second installment is blood pumping and full of interesting twist and turns the put our four main cast characters in particularily dire situations. As always I will begin with a summary of the book and provide a warning of possible spoilers for those of you who wish to read this series. Read this review at your own risk.

When King Gaius announces tha a road is to be built into the forbidden mountains, physically linking all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land, forcing dethroned princess Cleo, reluctant heir Magnus, haunted sorceress Lucia, and desperate rebel Jonas to take steps they never could have imagined.

The story continues for Cleo, Jonas, Lucia and Magnus in this exciting adventure and leads them to test loyalties they previously thought unshakable. This perhaps was my favorite element of the story, especially when certain alliances were formed in the most unlikely places. My favoritism remains with Cleo and Magnus but I will say Rhodes did well in this installment to boost my interest in the characters of Jonas and Lucia. I can confidently say that I am excited for the next book as the tension set throughout this story has really left me wanting to know more.

One draw back from this story, I feel, is Rhodes' choice of such a young audience. At times the narrative became grueling in the way character's motivations and plot points would be restated again, and again, and an exhausting third time as I progressed forward. Although this is an accomidating form of story telling, it did prove irritating at times when I was reminded why a character made the choice they did ever five to ten pages. Although this accomidating form of narrative is more encompassing for age groups and readers who may not be savy with the fantasy genre, it backfired in my ability to completely enjoy the read.

In the end I did enjoy Rebel Spring and cannot wait to read the next book. Rhodes has written an enjoyable and very exciting fantasy series that even begininers to the fantasy genre can enjoy. For those more seasoned readers of the fantasy genre, nothing is lost reading this series but expect a very "hand-holding" form of story telling that lacks the exceptional complexity of a fantasy world you would expect to find in George R. Martin's Game of Thrones or J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

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