Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
This is book two in the Falling Kingdoms series (book one being Falling Kingdoms).
In the previous book, the three kingdoms (that are on the same island) went to war and King Gaius ended up controlling all three. So basically the premise of this book is that King Gaius is building a road to connect the three kingdoms while also continuing his domination of the people and proving himself supreme leader which sounds boring but I promise this book was not.
Although I can’t really explain this book very well (or apparently even at all), I really enjoyed it. You definitely should read the first book first since it helps set the scene and explain the characters more and I think I wouldn’t have connected as well with the characters if I hadn’t already read the first book since this book doesn’t do much in the way of recapping the first book.
I guess despite all the action in this book (there is a lot of political as well as physical action) this is kind of more of a character driven book. Perhaps it’s just because there are literally so many characters and you switch perspectives often so time moves very slowly in this book. That being said, I devoured this book (sat down and read it in one day) and then struggled to get out of the world.
Speaking of the world, it’s a very complicated world with rich history and political turmoil. The author has obviously done a ton of world building and has really tried to give each of the three nations different cultures and beliefs even while they intertwine.
I think my biggest issue with this book (and this does seem to be a trend throughout the series so far) is introducing characters only to suddenly kill them. So many people die! I guess that’s ok but it just is frustrating. Also the way characters seem to fall in love with new people constantly. that seems a bit absurd but I guess hard times do make people act oddly.
I do like most of the main characters in this series despite how utterly flawed most of them are and how many horrible things they do. Idk, this book just grabbed me and didn’t let me go until I finished it but it didn’t really feel like I had reached some sort of ending, not like in the first book. This book was all just building and death. But yes, I liked it, I liked it a lot and I’m not really sure why. I feel like I can’t even remember most of what happened except lots of death and heartache but I’ve already requested the next one from the library even though continuing is not going to do me any good since the series has not even all been published yet.
#43 of 2017