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Rebel Kingdom by Mihai Bunea (Spoiler-free) Review

Arronia has been torn apart by the hundred-year-old war that took its toll on the population. Divided into four regions – the country, looking for the saviour of the country hoped that the next King would bring peace and virtue to the country.

When an impostor sets to the throne, the Resistance starts to recruit people to the cause of taking down the throne. Mostly looking for the population that has been used as weapons during the hundred-year-old war, the Few – people who possess a power unexplainable by logic but fueled by feelings, the downfall of the Crown is inevitable.ย 

On one side Valad, Helena and Domenic fight to keep their lives together as Lowe and Ellor guided by the Resistance are willing to risk everything they have for the only thing that drives them: change. But change isn’t always good…


I’d have to say that I’m am pleasantly impressed by this book. It is the first in a series, though I’m not too sure how many books there will be in total. This is a fantasy series that follows both the Crown and the Resistance in a country that was torn apart by the hundred-year-old war. This war has been over for 20 years, but the country is still suffering as no one trusts the Crown.

The Crown’s point of view consists of Valad, Helena, and Domenic. These three are best friends who grew up working as slaves cutting down trees. One day, Valad is named the heir to the throne and crowned King, taking Helena and Domenic with him. This is when things start to get crazy. Valad is power-hungry, Helena seems to have her own plans for revenge, and Domenic is caught in the middle. I quickly realized that I didn’t know who to trust or not trust in this trio of friends.

The Resistance consisted of a group of characters who banned together for the sake of one common cause: to take down the Crown, as they believe the King is an impostor. This group is made up of people with extraordinary powers called the Few. Most of these people were hunted down and killed during the 100-year-old war, so the group isn’t very large. I did like seeing this group of strangers grow together to become a team. Lowe was the main character on the Resistance’s point of view; and I really came to like her. I am excited to see more of her character in the next book.

I do have to admit that at times I was confused as to what was going on in this story. I did find myself having to re-read certain passages a couple times to understand exactly what was happening. I think if the world-building would have been better explained, it wouldn’t have been as much of an issue. I am hoping in the next book the world will be expanded upon.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am planning on picking up the next installment when it is published. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you to Mihai Bunea for this advanced reader’s copy in return for an honest review.

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