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(Rule #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  432 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
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Ellen Goodlett
Sep 10, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-it
A Brief Summary

RULE: wow, some people are horrible.

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

Full review 2020:

This is the second in a duology. The first is Rule. I recommend the series for people who like fantasy, courtly politics, and strong female characters.

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The three sisters are still reeling from the events of the first novel. Akeylah, Zofi, and Ren are a step closer to their dying father’s throne, but so is the blackmailer. It’s getting harder and harder for them to keep their secrets. When
Tracy Banghart
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the first book, it was intriguing and fast-paced. This time around I wasn't so happy. The character growth was good but the pacing was too slow, there were so many unnecessary love scenes, and the plot had so many holes. I just wanted it to be over. (view spoiler) ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
The Nerd Daily
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


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
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't even know where to start because, like the first book, there was a lot that I love--interesting female characters who are allowed to be different, strong sister relationships, fantasy intrigue.

At the same time, though, I felt a little frustrated with the mystery. It dragged on a little too long. While I think the magic system of using one's blood to do magic is neat (although possibly triggering for some readers), it also severely limited the amount of suspects for who was blackmailing
DNF page 241

I figured out the ending. Often, I'll continue a book even if I have some idea what's going on, but the minute I figured out what as going on, I lost all motivation to continue. I only picked up this book because the first book had a good cliffhanger.

The main three were still pretty great, no complaints other than I found it hard to imagine them as teenagers in this book? I felt maybe NA would've been better?
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Chelsies Reading Escape
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 ...more
Emma Sterner-Radley
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This duology had its faults but if I ever manage to write something that tugs on heartstrings, entertains, and has such a diverse and wonderful set of characters - I’ll be very proud!
I was worried Rule and Rise would be a bit too soap opera for me but I found both books had a lot more substance than that. I’d recommend them to anyone who reads YA fantasy.
Amanda Marsh
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Much MUCH better than Rule. Better Character development and a satisfying ending.
Susan Pearlstein
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Professional Reader

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
Yolandie Horak
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy to Read

This was such an enjoyable sequel! I can't wait to see what Ellen Goodlett writes next.

Read my full review on my blog.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I went into this series not realizing it is a duology, and thinking the first 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 ...more
S. Johnson
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Ale96_CalS Paola

I ventured not sure how all this was gonna turned out, I mean almost immediately there we death threats and our sisters were separated by this mysterious entity that became responsible for murder and even torture. I wasn't sure that this would be the end or as PLL it would have lots of continuations, however I ended up please by it's outcome. I mean I quickly fell for the assumption that Rozalind could have faked it all and be Yasmin's daughter all al
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this conclusion to the duology! Definitely makes up for the cliffhanger, as her dedication page suggested the author hoped. I love all three main characters, hopes and flaws and treasonous secrets and all. Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi still had to trust each other in order to defeat their blackmailer, and what a reveal!

Each of the main characters also has a love interest, which is a nice addition but not the main part of the plot, which I liked. The only thing that I questioned in the context
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
A.R. Hellbender
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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 b
Olivia F
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. My favorites thing is the characters. Each woman in this book is different but not caricatures of humans. Zofi is outspoken, Ren is savy, and Akelah is kind. However, these traits are alongside strength, intelligence, and compassion. The characters grow and learn to love one another. One of my favorite character arcs is Akelah, who came into her own strength and learned how to become queen. The twists in this book were slightly predictable, however I do not hold that agains ...more
Katie Pesznecker
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Liza Marie
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredible follow up to Rule! The ending of Rule had me eagerly awaiting the release of its sequel, and I was not disappointed. This book kept me on my toes from start to finish with some incredible twists and turns. I love the treacherous world that the author created for her trio of sisters to navigate, and what a way to end it! I am rarely completely satisfied with a books ending, but this one is an exception for sure! A great read overall! I am sad that it ended, because I would definitel ...more
Bookish Addict
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The mystery continues as the 3 sisters try to figure out who is blackmailing them. They are unsure who to trust. I enjoyed the adventure, but I thought the first book is better. What I didn't like was a reference to modern items when it doesn't seem to fit the setting at all. One sister referencing feeling like she's been hit by a truck, threw off my reading and actually annoyed me. The people use horses for travel, where would a truck fit in? Aside from that, the plot was pretty good even if it ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liza Fraser
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An incredible follow up to Rule! The ending of Rule had me eagerly awaiting the release of its sequel, and I was not disappointed. This book kept me on my toes from start to finish with some incredible twists and turns. I love the treacherous world that the author created for her trio of sisters to navigate, and what a way to end it! I am rarely completely satisfied with a books ending, but this one is an exception for sure! A great read overall! I am sad that it ended, because I would definitel ...more
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Ellen Goodlett writes because otherwise she would spend her days plotting to take over the world. She figures that the former would benefit humanity ever so slightly more than the latter (which would be disastrous and involve a lot of cats in government positions). Her debut novel, RULE, about three girls competing for the throne in a fantasy world, will publish in fall 2018 with Little Brown.

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