Series: The Uprising #2
Author: Chelsea Luna
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Published Date: September 13th 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5
In a few short weeks seventeen-year-old Mila has gone from being Ludmila Novakova, pampered daughter of the High Chancellor of Bohemia, to becoming a traitor escaping the palace at midnight in her wedding nightgown. Her country is in chaos, an army is marching from Austria, and revolution is a breath away.
Mila is caught in the middle, between the man she loves—Marc, the son of a blacksmith and a leader of the rebellion—and the murderer the Church calls her husband. Even as she flees with Marc into the heart of the resistance, where the suspicions of angry citizens make her every palace-born habit a danger, she knows he hasn’t told her everything.
But Mila is keeping the biggest secret herself: she is the heir to the throne, the daughter of embattled King Rudolf and Princess of Bohemia. The truth will turn the fury of both sides against her, leaving Mila alone to win her country’s freedom—and her own . . .
"I was walking in my mother's rebellious footsteps. I would finish what she started."
This book starts right where the first one ended. We start with Mila being on the run with Marc and some of the protestant Rebels, as they try to get far away from the city in order to regroup.
Once Mila and the rebels finally make it to where they will be staying we finally get to meet Marcs father and one of his Uncles. We see where Marc gets his kindness from and why he was chosen as the leader of the rebellion. Of course some of the people distrust Mila because of who she is and what she believes.
"People are waiting for us there. Allies. Peasants. Protestants. Defectors of the Crown and the Catholic Church. It's the headquarters of the rebellion." Rebellion. This was it. I'd officially joined the Protestant rebellion.
As Mila starts to get use to rebel life she is also expected to do household things in order to provide for herself and Marc so they have a nice place, but she doesn’t know how to do any of these things. The person that’s chosen to teach her is one she doesn’t exactly have the best history with, but they make it work kind of and Mila starts to appreciate what she had, while still being determined to make it outside.
"You seem like a nice girl, but remember, you're a long way from Prague Castle. Life is different out here. It's not safe. And the Crown isn't the only thing you should be worried about."
Throughout all of this time though Mila is keeping a secret that will not only most likely get her killed, but one that could change the whole of Bohemia if she lives.
"There was a difference in keeping my identity hidden for safety and keeping it hidden because I was embarrassed by who I was. I wouldn't be ashamed."
When a present from the castle comes for Mila though, everything changes and the war has just begun… She starts to see what she has really done, and what her “father” is doing to the people of Prague in broad daylight now. With no one willing to stop him besides the protestants.
"Now he could kill whomever he liked whenever he wanted. And the entire Kingdom of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire, the Hasburg dynasty, and the Catholic Church were behind him."
Overall I enjoyed this one even more then the first one. I did still think Mila made some questionable decisions, but I can’t say that I might not have made them as well given how sheltered she was in the castle and how much was hidden away from her until her eyes started to open and see what was truly happening around her. Mila grows so much in this book, and she really starts to understand the choices that she makes and the power that she has could change everything and will affect everyone. Not just the people around her, but the people in the whole country and maybe beyond.
I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! (No idea if there will be one or not but it leaves everything open so I’m assuming there will be some sort of another part. )
"How would I run a kingdom? What would I decide? Would I grant religious freedom or rule with an iron fist? Could either side truly be happy? Or would they always be at war?"