REBEL: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1

REBEL: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1

by Margo Ander

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An epic fantasy with a dark and devious twist; a swords & sorcery thriller set in a land where men have unbridled influence, but women hold the reins of power.

When blood-feud and rebellion escalate into war, a young rebel becomes entangled in a deadly web of magic, intrigue, and revenge as a widening conspiracy threatens to overturn governments, collapse civilization, even endanger the very existence of life on Eryth—and make him a legend.

Wyl has been a lot of things in his short life: an outcast, a rebel spy, a bodyguard, a mercenary’s foster-son, and the best pupil of Trascolm’s greatest warlord. But when a battle magically turns against the rebels and his leader flees into hostile, neighboring Dremnar, Wyl is called upon to be what nothing in his brutal life has prepared him to be—a diplomat.

He’s in over his head, making enemies instead of allies, and when a new menace threatens his leader, it will take every dirty trick he knows to keep her alive—if he doesn’t get himself killed, first.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044662001
Publisher: Margo Ander
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Series: Legend of the Spider-Prince , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 553 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Ever since I learned to write, I have been secretly concocting epic tales with a dark and devious twist. Unfortunately, I was also a night owl and a seat-of-my-pants writer, so my characters always ended up in situations from which there was no escape—which forced me to learn the craft side of storytelling, and the miracle of outlining. When I started getting up at 0230 hours instead of going to bed at that time, I discovered—who knew!—that I wrote much better when fully-conscious. Despite predictions, when I published my debut novel, REBEL: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1, the world didn’t come to an end; I didn’t even lose my day job. I like guy talk, doing the kind of stuff that mostly guys like to do, and hanging out with guys—heck, I’m even married to one! During my Air Force career, I was an aircraft maintenance officer and a Minuteman missile combat crew commander. I earned Expert Marksmanship ribbons with both the M-16 and .38 Colt Combat Commander—both left-handed and right-handed. I’ve fenced, shot longbows, and given mounted archery demonstrations. I’ve practiced ninpo, drawn blood with my first sword, and continue to study military science. I’ve competed in Combined Training horse trials, and trained horses in dressage, jumping, and saber-duels—and collected plenty of injuries, saving myself tons of research! After the nine, epic-length books of the Legend of the Spider-Prince series interspersed with enhancement volumes, I have a backlog of eighteen (relatively) shorter series awaiting their turn: nine sword & sorcery fantasy series set in the same universe, five steampunk series, and four space opera series. Upcoming 2016 releases in the Legend of the Spider-Prince series include the audiobook version of REBEL: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1, and two novel-length collections of enhancement novellas—PRELUDES: Legend of the Spider-Prince #0.5 and REPERCUSSIONS: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1.5—a double-dose of intrigue, treachery, and diabolical schemes that will raise stakes and lower life expectancies in anticipation of the Fall 2016 release of ROGUE: Legend of the Spider-Prince #2. If you enjoy my books, please join my tribe! Visit me on the web at and sign up for my newsletter to receive the first news about upcoming releases and special appreciation for your support. Socialize with me on Facebook at and on Twitter @MargoAnder. Thanks for reading!

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REBEL: Legend of the Spider-Prince #1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RIA_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I just keep getting to read amazing fantasy novels lately. I am so happy that Legend of the Spider-Prince: Rebel was one of them. I loved the idea of a world governed by women, although men may play more of a role than they are given credit. I loved the fighting, but I also really enjoyed the scenes in court. The plot was fast paced and entertaining. I hated to stop reading even for a moment. I think Wyl is a very interesting character. He seems to full of so many dimensions. He is an outlaw, a minion, a courtly prince, and so many other things. I wish I could elaborate more, but I don’t want to have any spoilers if I can help it. I enjoyed his attitude. For someone so young he is scarily brave and almost flippant with his own life. He is so dedicated to Helgurdda’s cause. Another character I loved, maybe a bit more than Wyl, was Princess Kotakei. She is clever, and seems to see more than others. I can’t wait for the second book to see where it takes them both. I think that Legend of Spider-Prince: Rebel will appeal to people who enjoy fantasy. I found myself wrapped up in the story. The descriptions were amazing, the characters were interesting, and the action was exciting.   I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions were 100% my own.
RaeZRyans More than 1 year ago
I’m on the fence between 4.5 and 5 star review, however, I’ll admit that I loved it, flaws and all, but more of that at the end. World: Wow, thank you. An author who writes with pronounceable names. While I’m used to spending more time decoding word sounds AND trying to figure out what the item is, you don’t have to do that here, even if there are some unique words. The setting was beautifully described. From the battlefields to the kingdoms, you always have a clear picture in your mind, but it didn’t clutter the pages so much that i skimmed. Excellent job here. Characters: Wyl, I loved him. I cried when he wouldn’t. For a coming to age story, I just felt this was perfectly executed. His struggles were 100% real and applicable to younger MG and up. There were times, I encouraged him forth, and other times I tried to protect him. Any young man or parent can easily identify with his bravery and heart. The others … While I understood what was happening, and these characters were also well written, I didn’t really connect with anyone except the other young boy. This of course can and surely will change in the future as I await the release of the next books. Plot: The story itself reads as not only the beginning of the series, but a true coming of age/station for Wyl. We watch him grow-up, stumble, fight, and persevere. A bit more action in the beginning would’ve been nice to move it on a little faster. It wasn’t anything major, and I still managed to read the story from beginning to end in less than eight hours. There are a few sub-plots that arise and I felt they were executed well too. Things that didn’t quite work for me: Not enough explanation on the magic of the weather-mage … but I love magic in stories so this could just be me. Little explanation about Wyl’s sire since I have a sneaky suspicion this is on special kid, or maybe it’s wishful thinking. A few info dumps, but I’ve witnessed worse, and for children with budding imaginations, sometimes more is better … a lot of talking too, but kids do that, so I’m not certain if this is really a fault. My kids are only silent when asleep :) The bed play references … while the second one is understandable, the first kind of made me do a double take. It’s not the context so much as the visual image I received as an adult. Would a YA/MatureMG draw what I did, I can’t say, but … yeah. Finally, I did pick up on a few missing commas, but it didn’t affect the readability. Overall I’m hooked and after buying a copy, I plan to let my son read it too. I’d recommend for YA lovers, fantasy lovers, and even kids 10 and up. I look forward to reading the next in the series, and happy to see another dark fantasy.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
I love to sink my teeth into a good fantasy and LEGEND OF THE SPIDER PRINCE: REBEL delivers that and more. The story follows a teenage boy, Wyl, as he fights with the rebel army. He has sworn to protect the outlawed rebel leader, Helgurdda, but when the army suffers a devastating defeat, he finds himself seeking sanctuary in a distant land of Dremn along with Helgurdda and her right hand man, Eirgei, the infamous Wolf of Milkdales. As Wyl tries to understand the political intrigue in the Dremn royal court, he soon learns that not everything can be settled with a sharp blade. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the author does a fantastic job in letting us into Wyl's inner thoughts. How he thinks, why he does what he does and how he handles disappointment after disappointment. There were a few spots that I thought there was too much repetition about this and it slowed the plot down a bit. It was also hard to understand the words the author used to describe certain things, but once I got into the story I was able to figure out what meant what. That's my only criticism of this epic fantasy. It is full of action, challenges, assassins (who doesn't love a cool assassin?) and political intrigue. I'm anxiously waiting for book 2 to find out what happens next. Readers of epic fantasy will enjoy this book. Highly Recommended. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, long, long ago, I used to read Fantasy novels. Not Fantasy Romance. I mean straight up, Fantasy ~ Fairies, Elves, Gnomes, Prince and Princesses ~ the whole shebang. Then I grew up, got married and became a mom and my stories all needed a good romance in them for me to pick them up. So, why the Fantasy novel this time? Easy. It is that good. Yes, I admit it. I LOVED it, cover to cover. I had never read Ms. Anders writing before but could tell from the plot summary that this would be interesting, innovative and exciting and I was right. Sure, she had to do some world-building but it never became tedious. The plot had depth, the characters were engaging and entertaining and the action was exciting and moved the story along. The best thing of all and the main reason I gave this book 5 Stars was the way it made me feel. Usually, I only get that in the Romances I always write about but Ms. Anders managed to write the story so well and in such a way that when Wyl felt fear, so did I. When his mother was frustrated with him, I felt frustrated with him. When the people felt joy, yes, so did I. She never had to beat me over the head with a stick with it. It just came organically from the story she wrote and that is true skill. I am so glad that this is a series and I look forward to each and every book to come. If you have ever read a fantasy novel…even as a kid (which means most of us), do yourself a favor and pick up REBEL. Legend of the Spider-Prince is going to be a fantastic string of books! ***5 STARS*** *Note: I received this novel in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile since I read a straight up fantasy story, so I had a little trouble getting into it. I also had issues because of the words in the story. I think I was in chapter three before I could keep straight what some of the words were referring to. That, by the way, is my only complaint about this book. I would have loved a pronunciation guide for the words that are obviously part of the world created in the story. The difficulties I had were with how they were pronounced and whether the word was referring to an item, a country, or a clan. Once you get into the book, what the noun means becomes much clearer. My only complaint lodged, this is a fantastic story. It is not a fast read, but it reminded me of how much I loved the Eragon series. The story is about a boy who believes himself to be a man since he has been raised among a rebel war party made up of brigands and thieves. He has been trained to defend himself by one of the best war generals of all time, but he has yet to develop the strength of a man. He is one of the bodyguards to Helgurdda, the rebel leader who intends to be the royenne (I take that to mean queen) of their country. She does have a claim to the crown, but due to the blood-feud that she has also vowed, she will never be royenne without completely overthrowing and killing the current royalty. In the beginning of the book, you learn about the blood-feud and how Wyl (the main character) has been raised. Then after becoming exiles, you learn how Wyl wasn't raised. You will also learn a few very important surprises about who he really is. Finally in part three, you learn what Wyl will probably become. The lasst part of the book flies by from all the action going on. I seriously had trouble putting it down once I got into it because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I guess I do have one more complaint about the book though, I don't want to wait for the second one to find out more. It's fabulous. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.