Revolution (Chronicles of Charanthe, #2)
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Revolution (Chronicles of Charanthe #2)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Why is the Empress suddenly so interested in the drylands north of the Empire? Eleanor and Daniel don't agree on much, but when they're sent to investigate strange happenings near the border between two foreign states, neither of them is really sure why they're there. And things at home aren't making much more sense. The rebels are causing chaos in the streets, whilst the...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published November 11th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published November 7th 2011)
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Thomas Cotterill
Rachel Cotterill’s second novel, Revolution, is another fast-paced adventure fantasy, and something of an accomplishment. A sequel to Rebellion, the book continues the exciting adventures of the interesting and remarkably independent hero Eleanor. The knife fights keep coming, the rousing action remains all pell-mell and helter-skelter, yet, astonishingly, Eleanor gives birth to two children in the course of the book. Even more surprising is the way Cotterill manages to keep Eleanor in the thick...more
In Revolution, Eleanor's troubles become imperial-sized. The (Assassin) Association splits into two groups. The Shadows remain loyal to the Empress, and the Association becomes anathema. Eleanor leads a revolution against the Empress, while getting married and bearing two children.

The motivations/rationale of major plot threads were not well articulated. For example, it was never clear why the empress was perceived as a tyrant - the nation wasn't suffering and the citizens weren't oppressed. It'...more
Katherine Gilraine
Action and adventure continue as Eleanor's career in the Association advances, but when politics in Charanthe start turning on their head, Eleanor needs to make some tough decisions, some of them going well against the grain of what is accepted in the Charanthean world.

In a particular scene, Laban tells her than when one opens up to caring for their child, it opens them to a world of pain beyond imagining. (paraphrased)

Considering that Eleanor is a masterful career assassin, with her knife aim a...more
I was very happy to get hold of Revolution, and read it straight away. It does answer some of the questions raised in the previous book (Rebellion) but leaves a few still unanswered, presumably to be answered in the next book.

I liked this book, although I did feel parts were rushed, and am looking forward to the next one already!

I am also thinking about a proper review but can't actually word one without spoilers. There's a lot of stuff going on in this book, both in Eleanor's life and the Empir...more
During a random discussion with friends, books came up and I mentioned Brave New World. It has just occurred to me that there the world in which Revolution is set is a low tech version - children are completed raised in schools (I hadn't realised it was from just after birth) and everyone is assigned their "perfect" career based on tests and observations.

I should have re-read Rebellion first as I'd forgotten who some of the characters were. The story progresses very rapidly.
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Rachel lives with her husband in the Cotswolds. When she's not writing, she's studying for a PhD in computational linguistics.
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