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Rebellion (Chronicles of Charanthe #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  98 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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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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
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
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
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Apr 26, 2011 Lyn (Readinghearts) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lynne
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) 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
E. VanZwoll
Born into a society where your future is assessed and a job assigned to you, Eleanor opts out of her dead-end assignment. Deciding to follow the clues leading to the unknown, and possibly non-existent, elite society of assassins, Eleanor finds herself on the run. Working with smugglers, she ends up another country... and over her head. Will Eleanor be able to survive imprisonment, return to her own country, and still follow her dreams?

Rebellion is a very unique book in the world of government-he
Maggie Franz
New lands, filled with new adventures and fresh new characters make the first installment of Rachel Cotterill’s Chronicles of Charanthe an exciting and captivating read. Rebellion introduces a new world, a new type of government and culture, and a brave young woman who is destined to change her destiny. Cotterill has painted a vibrant setting and landscape filled with delicious little nuances that add depth to this great story line. Rebellion, the first book of the Chronicles of Charanthe is ful ...more
Lauren Binley
After reading Watersmeet by this author I had to get my hands on some of her other work! And I have to say I wasn't disappointed with what I found. The story follows Eleanor's search for the Assassin Academy and also her quest to be accepted into that world. Some of the reveals were easy to work out but that didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of this book. I found it a little slow to start but once the scene had been set I was hooked! This was another book that kept me way past my bedtime ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me this book to read for review.
Eleanor attends a school where the girls are trained for their future jobs. When she receives a job much lower than what she expected she must decide whether to take that job or to leave everything behind and search out the secret assassin school. Choosing the latter option she runs into adventure and danger a long the way.
This book has a really interesting premise and I am a sucker for assassins so I was pretty ex
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Pauline Ross
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This book was an unexpected pleasure. Unexpected, because it’s something that I picked up cheaply more than two years ago, when I was less careful about my purchases than I am now, and after a few disasters I’m a bit wary of anything that’s been lurking in a dusty corner of my Kindle for any length of time. And pleasure, because this was just a hugely enjoyable read. It started slowly and built very gradually, but it never sagged or got boring. Instead it wormed its way under
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.
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 /
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Murphy Daley
This was a far better book than I expected. I got it because I met the author, and started reading it. It kept my interest. There was a rather grisly part in the middle that turned me off. I stopped reading it after that, but it stuck with me and I came back to it after a few months, which is really a testament to the book's power. I finished it and would recommend it to others. Well done, Rachel!
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
I liked it... quite a unique world the author has created. All the puzzles and obstacles characters face are exciting as well... Will definitely read the next one in series :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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