Book Review – Rule by Ellen Goodlett

ruleThree 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.

Magic, mystery, and blackmail abound in this sensational and striking fantasy debut.


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I found Rule to be a really interesting and enjoyable read. I really liked the three sisters and their different reactions to finding out about their father, and their secrets.

I also loved the concept of the arts and how they can be used. Especially by the travellers as their vials were pretty cool. And the concept of the vulgar arts was interesting. Given what we learn towards the end of the book, I hope we find out more about this moving into book two.

I did have issues with the book in that not a lot really happened, and the threats seemed a little obvious. That said, the end of the book has definitely left me wanting more and pushed things back into the unknown! I also wanted a little more on the politics side. At the moment it’s sort of more mystery than anything else, but I feel politics would have added more to the intrigue.

The sisters were good leads – each with their own takes on things. I didn’t initially love Ren, but I definitely found her character more interesting as the book progressed. And Zofi was probably my favourite, just because I liked her determination and how she wanted to protect her friend.

I did really enjoy Rule, and will definitely be picking up book two. 3.5 stars.


Buy Rule from Amazon UK.

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