Rebellion (Chronicles of Charanthe, #1)
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Rebellion (Chronicles of Charanthe #1)

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When her dreams are smashed by an assignment which would leave her trapped in a job far beneath her abilities, Eleanor has nowhere to turn. The Imperial system prides itself on perfection, leaving no space for complaints. In desperation she rejects her assignment and the quality of life she would have been guaranteed - then, suddenly free for the first time in her life, fi...more
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Published October 10th 2010 by Createspace
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Melanie
I was a little unsure of this book to start with, but once it hit it's stride I really enjoyed it.

This is essentially a dystopian story. The Empire has decided that to make sure everyone reaches their full potential babies are taken from their parents and brought up in gender-specific schools. Tested through their entire lives, upon leaving school they are assigned their perfect role in society, guaranteed work, housing and income for the rest of their life. But what if they don't want the job o...more
Thomas Cotterill
In spite of the shared surname, Rachel Cotterill is not a relative. I was attracted to her work by the novelty of seeing my own (rare here in Canada) name on a published fantasy. My curiosity overcame my aversion to the book’s horrible cover. Yes, I know it looks like some dreary leftist literary novel about Hispanic poverty in the American South-West, but the book is actually a lively fantasy adventure with a mythical setting, an interesting female main character (named simply Eleanor), and a s...more
Lynna Merrill
"Rebellion" is a well-written adventure book with a strong female lead. It is classified as fantasy, since the story takes place in an alternative world with quasi-medieval weaponry, houses, ships, and other aspects of people's livelihood. On the other hand, the empire of Charanthe is more orderly than a typical fantasy empire. For example, all children are taken from their parents as babies and raised in schools, where their skills and attitudes are constantly observed in order to determine the...more
Pear
The short review: This is a decent bit of fantasy. It would certainly be remiss not to openly acknowledge that fact for various reasons. I think it's essentially a fast-paced action movie in novel form; the way it's written seems almost script-like. Exhausting at times. YMMV on that - it's not my bag, really, but I understood that it was put together in a way which works, and it so happened that I read it with brio, bought the next one, and am awaiting the final installment. However, there are t...more
readinghearts (Lyn M)
Apr 26, 2011 readinghearts (Lyn M) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lynne
Recommended to readinghearts (Lyn M) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Although fantasy is not my usual genre of choice, I enjoyed this book a lot. For one thing, unlike most fantasy books, this book contained no magic or magical and mythical beings. Just a lot of humans who had to rely on solely on their wits and intelligence to survive. Other than the lack of magic, though, it followed the classical fantasy set up. For one thing, the story takes place in an alternate world where swords and knives are the weapons of choice, and horses, carts and ships are the meth...more
Jackie Lane
If not for a reading group that I am in, I never would have picked up this book and it would have been a big mistake. This is definitely not the type of book I would normally read, however, I loved every second of the book.

In a world where children do not live with parents, but are schooled and then assigned a position within the "Empire", Eleanor, a strong-willed, spirited young girl goes in search of her destiny after being assigned a position in the Empire for which she feels is beneath her....more
Amacater
I enjoyed this book enormously. I've read the print edition and also have it on my Kindle. The principal character (Eleanor) is interesting to follow: she's on a journey - and you're right there with her. Getting the "wrong" job assigned to her as she leaves school, she's out to get to where she feels she should be ...

This is set in a fictional world which seems broadly equivalent to 16th century Europe or so in terms of technology and is very self-consistent. There's no huge made up language /...more
Billie Hinton
While this is not one of my frequently read genres, I was drawn in immediately by the story as well as the well-crafted sentences. I found myself re-reading entire paragraphs periodically simply to enjoy the cadence and clarity of the writing.

A few pages in, I was very much engaged with the main character Eleanor, and by the end of the novel I was engaged with all the characters, who ended up seeming like people I met and know.

The clean and clear writing style, the story of Eleanor's journey t...more
Hock Tjoa
The writing is good, the characters are well drawn, and the scenes are amazing. Much of the book has to do with the training of assassins and the fight scenes of their (individual and small group) exercises and competitions are as well drawn as any I have read.

But I don't know that "Rebellion" is the right title even if this is the first in a series. There is a minor scene with some "rebels" mentioned, but mostly we learn that Charanthe, the Empire, is threatened by Tarasanka. The Empire has a...more
Janet McNulty
This is a very engaging story. The story focuses on Eleanor who is a recent school graduate and does not like her job assignment. So she chucks it away and runs away from her school deciding to go it alone. Soon she finds herself being swept up in a wild adventure of pirates, ships, torture, and intrigue. She learns about there being a special class of assassins and decides to try and find them. They live at a secret school that only the most determined can locate. After finding the school, she...more
Nicholas Reardon
I have just finished reading Rachel Cotterill first book in the series: Chronicles of Charanthe and the First Book is REBELLION .

I have been waiting to read this book for several years after I knew Rachel was writing it, and it was everything I had hoped for and far more!

The author was able to build up a real working world that you feel there. Fully in her world, it is not just the descriptions of the world around her character Eleanor but details as types of food and cultures that she has creat...more
Nicholas Reardon
I have just finished reading Rachel Cotterill first book in the series: Chronicles of Charanthe and the First Book is REBELLION .

I have been waiting to read this book for several years after I knew Rachel was writing it, and it was everything I had hoped for and far more!

The author was able to build up a real working world that you feel there. Fully in her world, it is not just the descriptions of the world around her character Eleanor but details as types of food and cultures that she has creat...more
Nicholas Reardon
I have just finished reading Rachel Cotterill first book in the series: Chronicles of Charanthe and the First Book is REBELLION .

I have been waiting to read this book for several years after I knew Rachel was writing it, and it was everything I had hoped for and far more!

The author was able to build up a real working world that you feel there. Fully in her world, it is not just the descriptions of the world around her character Eleanor but details as types of food and cultures that she has creat...more
Zoe
In "Rebellion", Rachel Cotterill creates a world where children are raised in schools, ignorant of their parentage, and assessors assign professions to students upon graduation. So, what does a girl do when she believes she deserves more than the assignment she was given? "Rebellion" follows the Eleanor's story as she rebels against her assigned fate and searches for the elusive Assassin's guild. The first half of the story covers ~ a year and focuses on Eleanor's search for the guild. The secon...more
LindyLouMac
Although Fantasy is not a genre I am fond of I was impressed with the writing and the way that Rachel has created a whole fantasy world in this first novel in the trilogy the Chronicles of Charanthe. It is a strange world but through the protagonist Eleanor you will be able to step into this world where children are taken away from their parents at birth to be educated. Upon graduation the students are awarded lifetime job assignments, but Eleanor’s posting is not the dream job she had always ho...more
Christine
Rebellion is the first in a new fantasy triliogy set on Charanthe.

Eleanor is raised in a boarding school, as is every other child on Charanthe. Her fellow boarders are her only family.

The Imperial system assesses each child as he/she matures, and allocates them a role in society when it is time to leave school. Unbeknownst to her schoolfellows, Eleanor has received some training in unarmed combat from a strange man called Laban in a nearby cave which she escapes to whenever she can.

Rumours of a...more
Melissa
I didn't love it...I really wanted to, but I didn't. I felt like halfway through the book, so much had already happened and gone on that I was completely exhausted. I was thinking "how much more can go on?" Oh but let me tell you, LOTS of stuff went on, some scenes were good, I didn't love the main character and I don't think I'll be picking up the next installment. Maybe it was just me, I found myself almost skimming through the last 20% of the book just to get to the point...and then I didn't...more
Katherine Gilraine
Easily one of the most addictive coming-of-age fantasy books I've taken a look at in a while. Well-written, set in a realm that has more order than your typical fantasy world, the story talks of an environment where children are raised from babyhood and have their career paths chosen for them at an early age. Eleanor, a sharp-witted redhead, wants nothing to do with her assignment, and has to leave the school and decode the legend of a completely different sort of education.

And there it begins....more
Todd Newton
I almost wish I could have only read the second half of Rebellion. It's Harry Potter meets Assassin's Creed, but things stall a bit in the earlier chapters and it's hard to get a sense of who Eleanor is or what her goal is. The second half more than makes up for it, but I also wanted to see a bit more happen to wrap up the story. I suppose the questions of who we can and can't trust will get addressed in the later volumes! A great effort and worth a read.
Naomi
I am shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. I normally steer clear of Sci-Fi books but there was something that made me want to give this book a try and I am so happy I did. It really doesn't come off as Sci-Fi, but a great adventure story with a young, strong heroine in a very fast paced story that really kept my interest from the beginning to the end. I will definitely be looking for the rest of the series!
Louiz
This is a really interesting book. It reads like fantasy genre, but with a unique social setup. I was drawn in by Eleanor's situation and found this very difficult to put down. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for the next book.
Cathy Dean
I really enjoyed this book - well written, an intriguing premise, believable characters - I romped through it and am really looking forward to the next 2 in the series.
Pamela
This book was ok. A fantasy story of an imaginary-type place. It was well written, however, just not a storyline that I enjoy reading.
Miranda Lynn
Review to be posted after it appears on my blog :) But let me tell you, it is definitely worth your time to read.
Ruth
Good book! Elements of Harry Potter (no magic, though) and The Hunger Games.
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