Rule (Book 1)

Ellen Goodlett
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Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars in this sensational and striking new fantasy from debut author Ellen Goodlett.

Three girls. 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 the first book of this sensational and striking fantasy duology.


Zofi woke to the sound of her mother’s voice, louder than usual. She squinted at the tent interior. She’d been sharing it with her mother for the last two months, unable to sleep on her own. She saw b...

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Parenting Morals & Responsibility, Hard-Boiled Mysteries, Espionage Thrillers

I discovered this book thru a facebook link and decided to check book reviews on Amazon. It is always suspicious when there is nothing under a 4 star rating -- that's when I count the number of reviewers to discount approx ten family members giving it a 5 (yeah, I admit it, I'm a cynic). This book is outside my usual genre (paranormal, urban fantasy), but its not unusual for me to discover a good book review and read something outside my box.

The book is good-- great if you consider its a first book. I don't agree with many of the Amazon reviews that describe the wonderful character development, but I found something better, in my humble opinion anyway... a fresh plot. And Not just a fresh plot idea, but one that is developed really well over the course of the book. Dialog is snappy through the first few chapters, then calms down (but thankfully doesn't disappear) as the story gains complexity (and you've gotta love the enthusiasm of the computer geeks in the FBI computer lab). The writer has a firm handle on using descriptive language to visually pull you in to the story line.

3/18/2023 7:08:27 AM

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