Rule by Ellen Goodlett (Rule #1)
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on September 11th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover | Audiobook | e-Book
Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.
Or rather, three unexpected options.
Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she’s already gone.
Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.
Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady’s maid and scheming her way out of the servants’ chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she’s done.
When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny… to rule.
- Sister relationships
- With three sister’s vying for their spot on the throne to better their respective nations, you better believe there are a lot of highs and lows in their new found sistership
- Court intrigue / deception
- With every fantasy novel I read that involves royalty, I am always on the look out for secrets, lies, and shady characters around every corner of the castle/kingdom. You don’t have to look too far with this one!
- Political exploration
- Goodlett sets up her world precisely how she wants it. We get to explore and get a taste of the many political nations surrounding the kingdom. I like that it never took away from the overall story with boring info dumping, but added depth and life into the story.
- Unique magic system
- I couldn’t miss the opportunity to talk about the magic system. Although it may be a bit controversial (ex. cutting their palms to produce the blood needed), I thought it was done tastefully and with care for reader’s personal experiences.
- Three very different but captivating characters
- As a writer, I find it hard to write characters that are close in relation and to differentiate them from each other with polarizing personalities. So I was happy to read how different but captivating the sister’s were. They each hold different values and I never had trouble telling their POV’s apart.
Have you read Rule? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them!
Until next time,
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