Rule by Ellen Goodlett


Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.Or rather, three unexpected options.Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But...

Details Rule

Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Rule

  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Little, Brown in exchange for an honest review. “Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.” Whoever said this was Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars was 100% correct. Except, I quickly learned and remembered that Three Dark Crowns is done much better, and Pretty Little Liars is one of the most annoying shows to have ever aired on this planet we call Earth.Rule is a story about three girls, ...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    I feel like I say this all the time, but sometimes you find a story that is so hyped, and has this gorgeous cover, and loads of marketing coverage, and between all of that, people start thinking, It’s got to be good, right? And then, the reviews start rolling in, and the responses are less excitable than we all hoped they would be, and I find myself wondering how many stories were given no marketing at all—better stories, stories that deserve...
  • Laura
    Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.Three very different girls are called to the capital of Kolonya to find out they are the three illegitimate daughters of King Andros. They lived their whole lives ignorant to who their father was living lives that would be considered lesser than to the citizens of Kolonya and the outer Reaches. Now, King Andros is dying. He recently lost his heir and is in need of choosing a successor...
  • Julie Zantopoulos
    I'm relatively certain that this is a case of an average book going up against some of the best fantasy I've ever read. It's been a great year of reading for me and at one point this book may have stood out but it fell so short for me. We follow three girls who wind up being bastard children of an ailing King who need to go to court while the King decides who will be following him onto the throne. All three girls, Ren, Zofi, and Adelyn (maybe-I h...
  • Amy
    ARC provided by Little, Brown in exchange for an honest reviewMy heart is still racing after finishing Rule just moments ago. When Little, Brown said this book is “Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars with a dash of King Lear ” — they are NOT kidding. That was one wild ride!Usually when the synopsis on the back of a book says the characters hold some deadly secrets, I just shrug that off and don’t think too deeply into it. But, thi...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    View review on my blog, Library in the CountryReview copy generously provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and theNOVL.Rule is a case of whodunit reminiscent of Agatha Christie, with a dash of the fantastical, that will have you guessing up to the very end. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to obsess over, Rule has all of the key ingredients.Goodlett was born to write and this is a fantasy debut you need to add to your shelv...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    cw: self-mutilation (the magic system is essentially cutting onseself and it is described in detail), abusive family Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown. Reading this book brought back memories of watching Pretty Little Liars; if you enjoyed the tv show I would recommend this to you! This is a book full of deadly secrets, political intrigue, and a fantasy world where the ruling class is out of touch with the peopl...
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    Many thanks to the Publisher for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest reviewBuddy Reading With: Melanie from MeltotheanyJulie from Pages and Pens
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    3.5 out of 5.Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The concept is really cool and I loved the different boosts they got from tithing (the magic in the book) and would love to learn about more of the Vulgar Arts. The characters were interesting, but I had a hard time distinguishing them from each other at times and would have to flip back to check what POV I was on. I loved that we learned each girl's se...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by The NOVL and Little Brown Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.RULE by Ellen Goodlett is an incredible YA fantasy novel. It follows three young women who are called to the dying king. Each women has a terrible secret, and each are afraid that their summoning was due to their secret being found out. All three of the women were shocked to find out that wasn't the ...
  • Erin Arkin
    Rule is a new fantasy by debut author Ellen Goodlett and when I read the summary of this book I knew I was going to have to read it. It has danger, deception, and an intriguing story that will have you flipping the pages to see what happens next. The story focuses on three girls whose only connection is that their father happens to be the King and because his only other heir is dead, he has decided to bring them all to Kolonya so they can learn w...
  • Emmi Rose (emmirosereads)
    *Rating 4.5*Thank you once again to TheNovl for sending an ARC for a reviewOkay, I'm just going to start off by saying that this book was freaking amazing, and epic and I cannot wait for the sequel! Especially after that last chapter, and the last page, like WHAT!!?? I don't know how I'll be able to wait when this book isn't technically out until September, haha! If you're looking for an amazing high fantasy with incredible world building, fantas...
  • Jessica
    Being summoned before the Kolonyan throne is never a pleasant experience, especially when you’re hiding treasonous secrets. Zofi, Flo”Ren”cia and Akeyla all fear the worst - only to be confronted with a stranger secret - they are all the daughters of King Andros - and their secrets now have far greater consequences then they realized. Proud Zofi, Cunning Ren and Empathic Akeyla must compete for their father’s throne, but they aren’t the...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “It was a nice lie. The dead deserved to die. If you believed that, you could believe you’d never be the one on the wrong end of the knife.” I cannot tell you how excited I was to read this book. The premise sounded absolutely amazing, and if anything is compared to Three Dark Crown, I’ll most likely going to read it. And I would say that it was a solid first book in a serie...
  • Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Actual rating: 3 and a half stars.Loves: Fierce female characters, complicated plot, unpredictabilityDislikes: StructureRep: Yes. One of our main characters is in a f/f relationship.Triggers: Abuse by a parent, self-harm (the magic system relies on drawing your own blood), death, prejudiceRule tells the story of “three girls with three deadly secrets.” Zof...
  • Stacey
    This book took me way too long to read. So many of these YA fantasy novels are starting to feel the same. "Rule" is about three teenage girls from different backgrounds who find out their father is the King and he's dying and needs a heir. He brings them all to the castle to learn about ruling and then he will pick one of the girls to be his heir. Each girl has a big secret and is being blackmailed over it. The book is pretty much the girls tryin...
  • Jess (◕‿◕✿)
    oh wow this was really good! It is kind of like a mystery/fantasy? I don't know, but keep an eye out for this one if you are a fan of three dark crowns and pretty little liars! also, review closer to release date!
  • Fae Crate
    Way to crush me with that ending! This had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I love these characters!
  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy*Rating* 3.5.4*Thoughts*Rule is the first installment in author Ellen Goodlett's Rule duology. The series features three different characters in Zofi, Akeylah, and Florencia aka Ren. In case it wasn't obvious, the story also alternates between the three main characters as well. Do I think this is a knock off of Three Dark Crowns? Nope. Why? These are three stepsisters who have never met until the Kin...
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    I struggled to get through this book. The premise was a great idea, I even liked the characters, but I feel like the author spent so much time (and pages) building her mythical world with their customs and language that that ended up being the majority of the book. Good cliffhanger though, and I do feel like the next book will be better... But I don't know if I will be able to make myself read it.
  • Jeanne25
    This story revolves around 3 young women with very different backgrounds who suddenly find themselves heirs to the king. Each girl holds a secret that if discovered would lead to her execution. Naturally "someone" knows all 3 secrets and is blackmailing the girls to give up their right to the throne or be outed.I really liked the premise of the book. but the characters seemed a bit forced to me. The book didn't seem to flow as easily as I would h...