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Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters' pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters' traitorous pasts, the c Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters' pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters' traitorous pasts, the consequences will shake the entire kingdom to its core. As Kolonya's greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they'll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to protect everyone and everything they hold dear.


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Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters' pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters' traitorous pasts, the c Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters' pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters' traitorous pasts, the consequences will shake the entire kingdom to its core. As Kolonya's greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they'll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to protect everyone and everything they hold dear.

30 review for Rise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Goodlett

    A Brief Summary RULE: wow, some people are horrible. RISE: ... oh god, EVERYONE IS ATROCIOUS.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank goodness this one is coming out this year because the end of RULE was just mean.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Banghart

    This is such an awesome follow-up to Rule. I love the world that Ellen Goodlett has created, and her sisters. They're just so awesome!! Strong in their own ways, with distinct and interesting personalities. This book had so many twists and turns - I truly didn't know how it was all going to shake out, but I love how it did. Great writing, great characters, great world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Wait, Rule, which I still have to read, just came out today. But the sequel already has a cover and a synopsis!? Well dang, this publisher is working fast. Won't read the synopsis for now though cause I don't wanna be spoiled lol

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice A quick warning to those who haven’t picked up Rule, you should stop reading this review now, because I would hate to spoil an amazing story! Now, I’ve been waiting for Rise for about a year, and didn’t have the opportunity to pick it up until very recently. I’d been dying to jump back into the world of Kolonya and the Reaches, and I was definitely in for more than a fair share of surprises, suspense, and so much more. The characte Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice A quick warning to those who haven’t picked up Rule, you should stop reading this review now, because I would hate to spoil an amazing story! Now, I’ve been waiting for Rise for about a year, and didn’t have the opportunity to pick it up until very recently. I’d been dying to jump back into the world of Kolonya and the Reaches, and I was definitely in for more than a fair share of surprises, suspense, and so much more. The character development is intense, and Akeylah, Zofi, and Ren were just masterfully created. Their suspicion will seep into your own thoughts, and you’ll be wondering who’s the cause right along with them. If you’ve read Rule and need an excuse to go and pick up Rise, this is definitely it! As we learned in Rule, Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren are sisters that have been summoned by the ailing king in order to vie for the throne. Unfortunately, each sister has a hidden secret that can rock the kingdom of Kolonya, and someone is using that information to blackmail them. Now in Rise, the blackmailer isn’t holding back any punches, and the king soon finds out of the girls’ betrayals. As the web of fear and lies begins to grow, the sisters will have to trust and rely on one another, if they’d like to protect the kingdom and those they hold dear. That’s the shortest summary I’ve ever written I think, and it’s mostly because I really can’t say anymore without potentially spoiling something in the story. Like in Rule, the story still has this urgent feeling, like something sinister is afoot and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. As the girls try to solve the mystery of who’s blackmailing them, it’s clear that it’s not as simple as following breadcrumbs. Everyone has something to gain…or lose, making everyone a suspect. Lots of characters are called into question, and I was definitely shocked to find out who the blackmailer was. One of my favourite things about Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren is that they’re not damsels in distress. They aren’t waiting for some prince or perfect solution to come along and rescue them. They’ve been hardened by their stations in life, Zofi and Akeylah especially. These girls take matters into their own hands (sometimes at a detriment to their lives) in order to not only help each other, but to help the kingdom survive. There was something to be said about the theme of sisterhood in the story. Despite the fact that the girls were pitted as enemies in Rule, they grow and learn what sisterhood means to each one of them. They use their backgrounds and upbringing to their advantage, and we see three completely different personalities come into play. These girls were completely unforgettable. There are definitely some darker elements of course, particularly in how magic is practised in the world of Kolonya. It deals with blood-letting, and so if you’ve read Rule and were averse to it then, there’s a little more of that happening in Rise, so I’d steer clear if it makes you uncomfortable. Otherwise, it made for an interesting magic system, and I felt like I definitely got to know more about it in this book. I had so many questions as to how the girls were perceiving certain things, and I felt like those got answered within the story. I have to say that I loved the romances happening in this book. We had a tenuous relationship develop into a trusting bond, one developing out of mutual friendship despite it’s taboo origins, and another out of rebellion. If that sounds extra vague, it definitely is. I don’t want to give away a single thing from this book. Although I will say that I wished the forbidden romance in this book hadn’t formed in the way it did. It felt a little taboo, but you’ll have to read it to see what I mean. When I was thinking about things that I didn’t like about this story, I came up empty. I started this late at night and finished the story within three hours. I couldn’t put it down, I was so engrossed in what was going to happen next. If I’m being honest, this would have been an amazing story to turn into a series. There were still some things about Kolonya that I would have loved to see developed. We get to see quite a bit more of the history of some of the people, but not of others. However, the ending of the book was very satisfying for me to read. It’s still an incredible journey that is memorable, and everyone will have some aspect of the story that they love. Whether it be the sisterhood, romances, magic system, or backstabbing kingdom politics, there will surely be something in there for you to love. I’m rating this a 9/10. It’s a stunning read. You should pick this up and give it a go, because I have a feeling that it will pull others into the world as it did me. You’ll sit on the edge of your seat wondering who the culprit is, and their motivations behind their actions will make you gasp in shock. I cannot say it enough, go and pick this up!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Rise, by author Ellen Goodlett, is the second and final installment in the authors Rule duology. Author combines perennially popular fantasy and adventure tropes--a battle for the crown, dark magic, secret heritages--with a romantic, commercial plot, including a central F/F romance. This is the perfect duology for people who like a little bit of Pretty Little Liars with their Game of Thrones. The story picks up immediately where R *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Rise, by author Ellen Goodlett, is the second and final installment in the authors Rule duology. Author combines perennially popular fantasy and adventure tropes--a battle for the crown, dark magic, secret heritages--with a romantic, commercial plot, including a central F/F romance. This is the perfect duology for people who like a little bit of Pretty Little Liars with their Game of Thrones. The story picks up immediately where Rule left off and rapidly moves quickly. It is a story filled with betrayals, surprises, and a mystery that held my attention until the very end. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    what?!? There's a sequel already?!? I haven't even read the first one

  8. 4 out of 5

    Crazy4Books

    Zofis fierce and adventurous with a strong desire to heIp her scorned fellow Travelers. Being a Traveler can make life pretty dangerous, but its instilled a fighting instincts in Zofi that will help her keep fighting when all hope seems lost. Akeylahs abusive upbringing has given her the determination and quiet strenght of a survivor. Shes smart and very perceptive. Being able to read people and hide her emotions were often essential to avoid her fathers wrath and now those skills will help her Zofis fierce and adventurous with a strong desire to heIp her scorned fellow Travelers. Being a Traveler can make life pretty dangerous, but its instilled a fighting instincts in Zofi that will help her keep fighting when all hope seems lost. Akeylahs abusive upbringing has given her the determination and quiet strenght of a survivor. Shes smart and very perceptive. Being able to read people and hide her emotions were often essential to avoid her fathers wrath and now those skills will help her navigate court life. As for Florencia, shes the only one who has any experience with court thanks to her being raised in the palace as a maid. Her position has given her some insight into how the nobles scheme and manipulate those around them. Knowledge that will be indispensable while she tries to figure out the identity of their blackmailer. All the three sisters have different strengths and weaknesses that complimented each other. I could tell they were happier and stronger together. They each have their own unique personalities and reasons for wanting the throne, but they ultimately want whats best for their country. My favorite was probably Akeylah, but they were all a amazing to be honest. I especially enjoyed Akeylahs sapphic romance. It has a bit of a taboo element to it because the love interest is married, but since its for political reasons they've agreed to relationships outside their marriage. I was pleasantly surprised with how the different romantic parirings left off. Zofi unlikely alliance and Rens complicated relationship both had this wonderdul hate to love element to it that I really enjoyed. I just adored the relationship that developped between the three sisters. It had a wonderful message of being able to accomplish more together than we can apart. We get both well developped characters and a gripping plot with the threat of the sisters darkest secrets being exposed. There was a sense of danger and intensity that made the pace very engaging. I really enjoy a mysterious plot. I found each of the sisters perspective and plot lines just as compelling. I found Rens mothers story about how she met the King and Akeylahs scene with her father was super heartwarming. I was a little frustrated with one of the fights at the end when they could have killed their tormenter, but decided to run instead. Im sure once dead the vulgar arts scars would show back up and absolve them of the murder. The world had an interesting magic system, but it deals with cutting and blood so if you're sensitive to that just be careful going in. In my opinion it's not very graphic, but it could be for someone else. The story mostly takes place at the palace, but we do spend some time with a band of Travelers in a swampy location with bridges and tents on raised platforms. We also get some fascinating Traveler history. The writing was simple and easy to get into. I found it very bingeable and quick to read. Despite the end not shocking me I still enjoyed it. Im sad this is only a duology. Im just not ready for it to be the end. I need more books with these awesome sisters. Ill definitely be reading more from this author and totally recommend this duology for pride month or any month really. *This book was received for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I went into this series not realizing it is a duology, and thinking the first was...ok...it started slow but by the end had managed to capture my attention enough that when the opportunity to read #2 came around, I went for it. I'm quite glad I did, as I honestly liked #2 better. The pacing seemed better, and the main characters came into their own. They faced battles both individually and together, and the fact that they happened to be 3 strong women characters certainly was great. The end (no I went into this series not realizing it is a duology, and thinking the first was...ok...it started slow but by the end had managed to capture my attention enough that when the opportunity to read #2 came around, I went for it. I'm quite glad I did, as I honestly liked #2 better. The pacing seemed better, and the main characters came into their own. They faced battles both individually and together, and the fact that they happened to be 3 strong women characters certainly was great. The end (no spoilers!) felt appropriate to both the story and the characters, and was quite satisfying. Overall, I would recommend these - they are quick, enjoyable reads with a bit of romance (including LGBTQ) and strong female leads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Pearlstein

    The sequel did not live up to the promise of the first book. Let's call it sophomore slump. Ms. Goodlett is a capable writer and no doubt will improve as she gains experience. My review, as submitted to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Rise, the concluding novel in Pittsburgh native Ellen Goodlett’s debut series, begins right where its predecessor, Rule, concludes. Three half-sisters, Zofi, Florencia and Akeylah, initially strangers to each other, have been summoned to the castle by the gravely ill m The sequel did not live up to the promise of the first book. Let's call it sophomore slump. Ms. Goodlett is a capable writer and no doubt will improve as she gains experience. My review, as submitted to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Rise, the concluding novel in Pittsburgh native Ellen Goodlett’s debut series, begins right where its predecessor, Rule, concludes. Three half-sisters, Zofi, Florencia and Akeylah, initially strangers to each other, have been summoned to the castle by the gravely ill monarch. After it is revealed that he is their father, they compete for the crown that will pass to the most worthy of them once the king meets his fate. But, as the sisters learned to their dismay at the conclusion of the first book, their exists another secret, illegitimate heir; an evil heir who will stop at nothing to ascend the throne. The sisters put aside their differences and unite to discover the identity of the heir who is threatening to reveal their dark secrets and lead the kingdom into ruin. (TONY: ascend to the throne or ascend the throne? I can’t figure it out; whatever you say.) If success is determined by meeting straightforward goals, then Rise is a successful novel. Returning readers who have read Rule and are eager to know the sisters’ fates will not be disappointed; what happens next is what Rise is all about. The pace is steady. The sentences are straightforward. The plot lines are cleanly resolved; there are a few unexpected twists, but nothing too exotic. However, if readers are looking for more, they will have to look elsewhere. Character development and creative descriptions of an exotic and magical fantasy realm are the products of Rule, not Rise. Rule introduced us to all of the players. Rise does little to develop their personalities; with only one significant exception, who we know is who we get. Nor are intriguing sub-plots developed. The author initially takes pains to conceal the evil, blackmailing heir’s identity. Then, once the identity of the heir is discovered, the novel’s thrust shifts to whether the sisters will be able to thwart the heir’s usurpation of the throne. This story arc was initiated in Rule and completed in Rise. Nothing less, but nothing more. Where Rise created a magical world, Rule sometimes forgets the rules of the realm. One sister describes her romantic partner by saying, “He smelled like electricity after a storm.” That’s atmospheric, but, in the Kolonyan empire, electricity has not been harnessed and so does not yet exist. If you don’t know what electricity is, how can you know what it smells like? Another sister “hot-combs” her hair into obedience. How can this be possible in a land of torchlight and horse-drawn wagons? Inattention to detail and a cohesive world order are apparent in other ways. Akeyleh is romantically entangled with her step-parent. This relationship is matter-of-factly treated in both books, and the complete disregard of any hint of inappropriateness invites readers to share that belief. But simultaneously in Rise, an incestuous relationship between two other characters provokes horrified responses from several persons, including the same sister who is entangled with her step-parent. In fantasy novels like Rule and Rise, the author is free to unleash her imagination. There can be super powers, magic spells, pink and blue striped moons – whatever strikes the author’s fancy. But If the world is pre-industrial then people cannot smell like electricity; lightening yes; electricity no. Likewise, if the author creates a world where incest is deemed morally wrong, then how can a step-parent/step-child romantic relationship exist without even one raised eyebrow? An author who does not pay close attention to the rules of the world she creates invites questions about her level of commitment. Rise and its predecessor Rule are eagerly compared by its publisher to the Three Dark Crown novel series and the television Pretty Little Liars series, both of which are very popular. Success in novels and screenplays is often predicated upon complex characters, richly detailed descriptions of places, people and events, and intriguing, ever-changing stories that have complicated and intertwined plots. Through Rule and Rise Ms. Goodlett has provided an interesting tale. She is clearly capable of competently writing a story from beginning to end. But whether the publisher is justified in its lavish comparisons is, as always, for the individual reader to decide.

  11. 5 out of 5

    S. Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was good, but the whole climax was really underwhelming, like what the hell? We are building up to this great magical saboteur, and it turns out to be Aud. I didn't see that coming, so I was like all for it. But, during the time that should've been taken to explain Aud's motives even more and show off her evilness, it was just bypassed over. Like, great, incest and casting out the kid, but can I get more about Aud and what she wants to accomplish? She wants the throne; is that all? What is sh It was good, but the whole climax was really underwhelming, like what the hell? We are building up to this great magical saboteur, and it turns out to be Aud. I didn't see that coming, so I was like all for it. But, during the time that should've been taken to explain Aud's motives even more and show off her evilness, it was just bypassed over. Like, great, incest and casting out the kid, but can I get more about Aud and what she wants to accomplish? She wants the throne; is that all? What is she doing with Akelyah just chilling with her? Aud has to see something coming-- and she just let Akelyah go to the dungeons to visit her sisters? Aud knows how much Akelyah-- no, I don't know if I'm spelling that right-- cares about her sisters, and Aud doesn't come off as stupid because she has this elaborate plan to take down the sisters-- so why the hell did Aud let them do that? I don't understand! And then Aud just takes it when her sisters come out against her. Yeah, I get it, they "tithed" or whatever, but she is supposed to be super magical, strong and smart-- also ruthless for how she was killing people-- but she was, like, nope. What the hell was that? So Akelyah becomes queen. (Totally saw that coming because she seemed like the author's favorite.) The last 40 or so pages were just how the three sisters were going to go off and make the world better. Too much blah. How they explained away Aud to the council and the council was just like "makes sense" also has got me on edge because these people have been going against the sisters from the beginning and are like "okay, we believe you now." The climax and ending were just so opposite of the rest of the book that it felt like the publisher said you have this many pages and the author just had to condense. In fact, some parts of the book were straight up summary. Show-- Don't tell. Genuinely, I liked the rest of the book, but the climax and coming down didn't fit at all with the rest of the book. I am super pissy about that, but I am still giving it four stars because the books deserves it. It's well written and is interesting. Also, I didn't remember a lot from the first book, and author did amazing with inserting the recap, which helped me out a lot. Thanks, Ellen.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brittany (BritReadsBooks)

    *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I have to say that I actually enjoyed this much more than the first book! Where where the first book was lacking character depth, I felt that more was added this time around. I really liked the high stakes and cleverly twisted plot! All the secrets come out and there are some pretty big reveals. Ellen Goodlett does a great job of keeping you guessing and convincing you who the villain is until the moment where s *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* I have to say that I actually enjoyed this much more than the first book! Where where the first book was lacking character depth, I felt that more was added this time around. I really liked the high stakes and cleverly twisted plot! All the secrets come out and there are some pretty big reveals. Ellen Goodlett does a great job of keeping you guessing and convincing you who the villain is until the moment where she’s like PSYCH. Honestly, anyone and everyone in this series is painted as the bad guy in one way or another. Not a single character is to be trusted and even Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah start to suspect each other! I really respect their overall relationship with each other, though. Sisterhood is a huge theme throughout these two books and they never really turn their backs on each other, even though they’re supposed to be competing for the throne. There were two main issues I had with this book while reading it. I wanted more of the history and worldbuilding because while all these other locations and people are discussed, they are never developed. I understand that it’s hard to do with a duology, but I felt like I needed to know more. The second issue I had was the incest. I completely cringed when this was mentioned and shudder every time I think about it. WHY. JUST WHY? Things I enjoyed about this series? -It’s fast-paced with a ton of suspense and twists. -There is definitely romance, but it takes the back burner for the most part in favour of sisterhood. -The total unpredictability of it all! Rise literally keeps you guessing until almost the end of the book when everything clicks into place and you’re like OH MY GOD. I was proud of myself for suspecting the real villain! Everything kind of takes a wild turn by the end. I think there’s definitely more room for stories from this world and this series is left open ended enough for it to be a possibility. TW: self-harm involved in magic, incest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jadabug

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, first if all, I didnt do a review on the first novel so I could put them together in this one. This dualogy blew my mind. I never saw it coming that it was Audrine this whole time. Some of you reading this are like "I knew from the beginning it was her. I totally knew the whole time."And others are like "I thought it was obvious when she started ordering new dresses." Well, I honestly didnt even consider Audrine through the novels. I thought it was Rozolind the whole time. That is until sh Okay, first if all, I didnt do a review on the first novel so I could put them together in this one. This dualogy blew my mind. I never saw it coming that it was Audrine this whole time. Some of you reading this are like "I knew from the beginning it was her. I totally knew the whole time."And others are like "I thought it was obvious when she started ordering new dresses." Well, I honestly didnt even consider Audrine through the novels. I thought it was Rozolind the whole time. That is until she was cursed by Audrine. I'm not one to read many books from different points of view. Honestly, sometimes they bother me, but this book was nothing like the other I love how when Ren finally realized who the heir was, it was from Zofis point of view. I also loved how it showed everyone's relationships from the sisters point if veiw. How both sisters could tell Akaylah and Rozalind were growing close. I like how it is so twisted. Audrine was Ren's best friend and then you find out she was the ones threatening them. Another thing, King Andros and Yasmin? I never liked Yasmin in the first place and now after reading this, it makes me dislike her even more. She was a very good fighter though. I was so confused through the whole book who pushed her. In my head I'm like, who did it? All the people I suspect are with one of the sisters or in veiw of a sister. What I am trying to say is I appreciate the fact that she was able to explain everything without dumping all this information on you and taking up a while chapter just to say " hey this happened because Audrine did this and this happened because Audrine did this." It was all summarized very well through out the time Akaylah was stuck with Audrine when preparing for the ceremony and such. I also suspect Danton for a very long time but if I explained everyone I suspected and why, I dont think you would want to finish reading this.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    This was a wonderful continuation! It picks up right where the first book left off, and I wonder if this series was originally conceived as a single novel before being split into two for publication. In any case, I definitely enjoyed both novels, and while the first novel had some rough writing in places, the writing in the second was smoother, and the plot moved at a good, quick pace, to the point I pretty much read the whole novel in one sitting. Of the sisters, Akeylah was my favorite, and I r This was a wonderful continuation! It picks up right where the first book left off, and I wonder if this series was originally conceived as a single novel before being split into two for publication. In any case, I definitely enjoyed both novels, and while the first novel had some rough writing in places, the writing in the second was smoother, and the plot moved at a good, quick pace, to the point I pretty much read the whole novel in one sitting. Of the sisters, Akeylah was my favorite, and I really liked Zofi and Ren too, especially their relationships with their mothers. We see a little more of the setting outside the palace, which was definitely appreciated, and the true identity of the blackmailer was quite the surprise. The romances were also interesting to read, and for the f/f couple in particular, (view spoiler)[things do end well for Akeylah and Rozalind once they manage to overcome quite a bit of heartache and red herrings. (hide spoiler)] This was a satisfying ending to the duology, and while the sisters' stories have come to their own conclusions, I'd also be interested in reading more stories set in the world of Kolonya and its neighbors.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mehreen

    My husband brought this book home from work one day so I took it on vacation and I'm glad I did! I didn't realize it was a sequel but I read it anyway and I really enjoyed it. I'm reading Rule now and definitely recommend reading it first because I didn't really understand the fantasy element with the tithes and the arts at first. It follows the story of Akeylah, Ren and Zofi following Yasmin's death with the blackmailer still at large. Their stories are so interesting and unique and it's a well My husband brought this book home from work one day so I took it on vacation and I'm glad I did! I didn't realize it was a sequel but I read it anyway and I really enjoyed it. I'm reading Rule now and definitely recommend reading it first because I didn't really understand the fantasy element with the tithes and the arts at first. It follows the story of Akeylah, Ren and Zofi following Yasmin's death with the blackmailer still at large. Their stories are so interesting and unique and it's a well told tale although the big spoiler was pretty obvious from a mile away. Akeylah is the reasonable one, Zofi is the rebel, but Ren doesn't really seem to fit in their trio. For lonely girls in need of friendship though, their half sisterdom does seem to offer a much needed tether. It's a very Game of Thrones meets Pretty Little Liars story, but wraps up very nicely in the end. I can't say I have a lot to say about it, but it kept me entertained.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A.R. Hellbender

    In some ways, this book surpassed the first one (the magic system got really cool, for example). However, the story was a lot less interesting for me now that I’ve already read the first book & seen the world & the characters. So I felt like this 2nd installment brought nothing new to the table, and there was no reason why what happened in this book couldn’t have been added on to the first one. Also, the “surprise villain” trope has been done to death and is my least favorite trope in exi In some ways, this book surpassed the first one (the magic system got really cool, for example). However, the story was a lot less interesting for me now that I’ve already read the first book & seen the world & the characters. So I felt like this 2nd installment brought nothing new to the table, and there was no reason why what happened in this book couldn’t have been added on to the first one. Also, the “surprise villain” trope has been done to death and is my least favorite trope in existence because it makes for very underdeveloped villains. And in this case, we get another typical bad guy who wants to take over the throne not to do anything specific to improve (or “improve”) the kingdom, but just...because they want to rule. Overall, I’m glad I read this book. It was very fast-paced and interesting. However, I wasn’t as into it as the first one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katie Pesznecker

    I think I liked this sequel even more than the first book, and with that, I also appreciated that this was a tightly told two-book story, versus a trilogy or longer. It was very feminist to the end -- the three sisters each prove their abilities and strengths in different ways, and they lift each other up and protect each other in a way that should model true sisterhood to readers. Don't want to say too much about plot with risk of spoiling the first book, but this novel continues the question o I think I liked this sequel even more than the first book, and with that, I also appreciated that this was a tightly told two-book story, versus a trilogy or longer. It was very feminist to the end -- the three sisters each prove their abilities and strengths in different ways, and they lift each other up and protect each other in a way that should model true sisterhood to readers. Don't want to say too much about plot with risk of spoiling the first book, but this novel continues the question of which of the three sisters will rule after their father the king dies, while lurking all around them is some unknown danger, someone who knows their secrets and is threatening to expose them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Ellen Goodlett... you’ve done it again! Rule was excellent (besides the cliffhanger that destroyed me) but you have out done yourself!! You gave the girls the proper ending they deserved and, although I’m sad the story is over, made my heart overjoyed! :) I loved how the story progressed and all the drama it contained. The character development was excellent and my heart swelled up reading how the girls grew from Rule to Rise. You’ve made the perfect world and although I’m sad it’s over, you have Ellen Goodlett... you’ve done it again! Rule was excellent (besides the cliffhanger that destroyed me) but you have out done yourself!! You gave the girls the proper ending they deserved and, although I’m sad the story is over, made my heart overjoyed! :) I loved how the story progressed and all the drama it contained. The character development was excellent and my heart swelled up reading how the girls grew from Rule to Rise. You’ve made the perfect world and although I’m sad it’s over, you have made my little reader heart jump to the stars! “The moons favors girls like us” ;)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Queueofthoughts

    Wonderful Sequel I read the first book with low expectations and found myself pleasantly surprised by the fantastic world and characters. The ending of it lead to me having very high hopes for this sequel and I was not disappointed! It had enough intrigue and development on the characters I’ve grown to love to make me a very happy reader indeed. I definitely recommend these books to anyone who enjoys this genre.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (piscesbooklover)

    I really enjoyed this sequel to Rule that picks up where Rule left off and finishes the stories of the three girls. While I found Rule to be an OK read, I was somewhat disappointed in the book as it held such a promising storyline that I thought could have been executed better. That said, I was interested enough after the cliffhanger ending of Rule to plan on reading the sequel, and I'm happy to report that the sequel really redeemed the story for me. Rise begins by immediately throwing you into I really enjoyed this sequel to Rule that picks up where Rule left off and finishes the stories of the three girls. While I found Rule to be an OK read, I was somewhat disappointed in the book as it held such a promising storyline that I thought could have been executed better. That said, I was interested enough after the cliffhanger ending of Rule to plan on reading the sequel, and I'm happy to report that the sequel really redeemed the story for me. Rise begins by immediately throwing you into the action of the story and it never stops from there. We follow the three girls as they try and solve the mystery of their blackmailer while they simultaneously attempt to protect themselves, each other, and navigate the unfamiliar world in which they ended up. There are a lot of twists and turns and a few things that I did not see coming. Some of the twists show a lot of creativity, which I always enjoy in books like these. I thought the writing was tight and the pacing of the sequel very good as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Stellar sequel (although disclaimer: you definitely had to read the first book first). Sequels are hard to get right, and this one kept me turning the pages straight through the end--which, amazingly, I didn't see coming. A really fun read for all fantasy/ya diehards. Can't wait to see what Goodlett writes next ;)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaimedsworld

    Another win for Ellen Goodlett on her debut duo. Every twist, betrayal and secret from the first book Rule only becomes more entangled and crazy in this one. With attacks on the three sisters, no one knows who to turn to, who to trust or how long they’ll survive. This book keeps you guessing till the last page.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    Goodlett's plot is confusing. She also brings up the taboo topic of insest, in a very insulting manner. The other issue is what Goodlett terms the Vulgar Art. Self mutilation is a very serious mental illness and doesn't deserve to be a tacky plot device.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meghan L

    A very good follow up to Rule! Lots of twists and turns in the plot, kept me hanging on wondering what would come next. I approve of (view spoiler)[ the well wrapped up ending with lots of happiness and love all around. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed this duology!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rowen

    This was as good as, if not better than, the first novel. More blackmail, more secrets, more character development! Zofi, Ren & Akeylah really grow into fabulous and powerful women in this installment. Also, that plot twist? *chefs kiss* perfection. 10/10

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Chillcott

    So good. I read it in a day. Loved the sisterly bond and loved that they worked together in the end to put a stop to the blackmailer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    Loved this conclusion. I hope one day we will see what Akeylah, Zofi, and Ren are up to in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sadie!

    Superb pacing, wonderful and detailed resolutions, and no dangling plot threads. I'm a simple woman, and Rise ticked all my boxes!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alisa Robles

    Ohh man. I really enjoyed the ending of this duology. I was so sure that the blackmailer was one person, but it turned out to be someone else that I did not expect! Definitely a page turner for sure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Halie Decker

    An awesome book, really good plot and ending.

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