Welcome to the REBEL SPRING blog tour! In honor of the second installment of the Falling Kingdoms series, we’ve asked author Morgan Rhodes to share her thoughts on fantasy, how the characters in REBEL SPRING differ from the modern teen, and more. Keep an eye out this week for all five of Morgan’s posts!
A Cast of Thousands!
Well, okay, let’s not get carried away. The Falling Kingdoms series doesn’t have a cast of thousands. But it is a multi-POV series, which means I write from the points of view of several different characters, rather than focusing on just one or two.
I like to think of Falling Kingdoms – and its sequel Rebel Spring – as a large tapestry. Lots of threads interwoven together, many colors, many patterns, but take a step back and it is one cohesive piece.
The series focuses on four main characters whose lives begin to intertwine in a time of war and awakening magic in the three kingdoms of Mytica.
CLEO – a princess whose kingdom and throne have been stolen from her by an evil king, keeping her prisoner, a figurehead to hold up to her conquered nation to keep them from rebeling against their new leader. She was once a bit of a spoiled brat, but Cleo’s a fighter, a survivor, and her innocent and pretty exterior masks a girl who will do anything to take back what’s been stolen from her.
JONAS – the son of a wine-seller whose brother was murdered by a royal, Jonas once considered Cleo an enemy, but now he’s having second thoughts. She might be as much of a rebel as he is.
MAGNUS – the son and heir to the evil King Gaius, Magnus has spent most of his life trying to live up to his father’s high standards and always falling short since his heart isn’t quite as cold as his dad’s – not yet, anyway. Magnus has complicated feelings for his younger sister. Very complicated.
LUCIA – Magnus’s adopted sister, a girl who must contend with both her brother’s fixaton on her as well as the fact that she’s the subject of a prophecy – one about the magic that’s awakening within her, a dangerous magic that threatens to destroy anything and anyone it touches.
For supporting characters, in Rebel Spring I introduce a female rebel who joins up with Jonas and his gang. And the King of Blood himself gets a couple POV chapters this time around, which were fun to write.
The characters whose scenes I most look forward to writing since they are very specific personalities and basically take over and make things easier for me are Cleo and Magnus. They tend to surprise me while the other characters tend to politely stick to the outline.
Writing from multiple points of view is definitely a challenge, but it’s one I enjoy. I hope readers do, too!
About Rebel Spring:
Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series
Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world…
When the evil King 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 events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.
About Morgan Rhodes:
Morgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.