The Resource Rule, Ellen Goodlett

Rule, Ellen Goodlett

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Rule
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Rule
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Ellen Goodlett
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eng
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The king is dying, his heir has been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option: the king has three illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. Zofi is a Traveler from the outer Reaches; she would do anything to protect the band, her family. Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Ren grew up serving as a lady's maid in Kolonya, and schemed her way out of the servants' chambers. But someone in Kolonya will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from ruling ... -- adapted from jacket
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  • Grades 9-12 Three girls from humble origins are elevated to royalty when their king, ailing and newly without an heir, names them his daughters and potential successors. Little does the king know that Zofi is behind the death of his son, Akeylah is behind the curse draining his life, and Ren is behind the rebel massacre of royal soldiers. But someone at court knows the truth, threatening to reveal the trio as traitors unless they renounce their claims to the throne. Each girl has her own designs and little loyalty toward the strangers named her half sisters. The unique blood magic that binds them together could forge a close kinship or make for a deadly weapon. This polished debut is distinguished by rich characterization, compelling stakes, and a satisfying balance of politics, romance, and dark magic. Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren each have distinct personalities, problems, and passions that make for a complex and captivating narrative, and their slowly growing alliance is rewarding. Fans of Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns series, line up. -- Carolyn Kelly (Reviewed 8/27/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 22)
  • Gr 9 Up—An epic fantasy adventure told from the alternating perspectives of three young women of very different backgrounds. Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren are summoned by the king to the central city of Kolonya and told that they are actually his "bastard" daughters. After the murder of the king's only heir, they are now suddenly legitimized. With his health failing, he wants to evaluate their worthiness for the throne before choosing a successor, but all three have deadly secrets being leveraged by a shadowy blackmailer. They must decide if they can trust one another enough to pool their unique strengths, uncover their blackmailer, and ensure the safety of their kingdom. The book ends with a devastating cliff-hanger, leaving readers with more questions than answers. In many ways the Reaches, of which Kolonya is the capital, represent a progressive society with male and female warriors and an LGBTQ-affirming society. However, the kingdom suffers from the same racial tensions, class wars, and poverty issues of our own world. These problems are presented in an empathetic way that bring clarity. Characters utilize "blood tithes" to heighten their abilities in a way that adds a fun superherolike quality to an already rich world. Likable main and secondary characters will draw teens. However, the dense world-building and backstories make the pages turn a bit more slowly, despite death threats, political intrigue, and just the right amount of romance. VERDICT A great purchase for libraries with strong readers and fantasy lovers.—Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CT --Sunnie Scarpa (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 7, p72)
  • In this debut YA fantasy, Goodlett treats readers to juicy gossip, court intrigue, and danger. Told in alternating, third-person chapters, with the threat of betrayal on all sides, the novel centers on a friendship forged among half-sisters. Three girls—Zofi, Ren, and Akeylah—are plucked from obscurity and far-flung locales, and then thrown into the spotlight at court after it is revealed that they are daughters of the king. Each is plagued by an enormous secret, a crime against the crown: Akeylah cursed the king with lethal intent, Zofi murdered the crown prince, and Ren gave information that resulted in the death of thousands. Soon, the young women discover that someone at the palace knows of their betrayals and is threatening to expose them unless they forsake their birthright. Goodlett’s worldbuilding is detailed and politically astute; she hands each of the girls their own agendas and dilemmas, creating real players rather than mere pawns. She also skillfully pits the three against one another initially, then gradually draws them together to route out their tormentor, providing a satisfying build toward a cliffhanger ending. Ages 14–up. Agents: Joelle Hobeika and Hayley Wagreich, Alloy Entertainment. (Sept.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/25/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 26, p)
  • Set in a fantastical world in which almost all humans have the power to harness extraordinary physical prowess by tithing their blood (referred to as the Blood Arts), Rule traces the adventures of three sisters in their quest for the crown. The three young women could not be more different: Zofi is a Traveler; not only is her tribe of wandering nomads shunned by mainstream society, but Zofi is on the run from the King's guards. Florencia, or Ren, is a lady's maid at the Keep, catering to the whims and fancies of noblewomen. Akeylah, from the Eastern Reach, suffers under the tyranny of her abusive adoptive father and is unsure whether she will survive from one day to the next. United by their paternity, the girls are invited by their father, King Andros, to compete for the crown. Yet each girl's claim to the throne is complicated by a secret she harbors: Each has committed an act of treason against the royal family. The fast-paced plot makes for an engaging read; however, the underdeveloped side characters weaken the story. Readers may be troubled by the equation of cutting and/or pain with a marked increase in power. Limited physical descriptions other than hair color make ethnicity difficult to determine. Goodlett's debut is a refreshing break from fantasy novels in which the plot hinges on a seemingly inevitable heterosexual romance. (Fantasy. 14-18) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2018)
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10690159
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Goodlett, Ellen
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[Fic]
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no index present
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fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
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Rule
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0001
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  • Magic
  • Illegitimate children
  • Young adult fiction
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Sisters
  • Kings and rulers
  • Queens
  • Family secrets
  • Extortion
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Sisters
  • Kings, queens, rulers
  • Secrets
  • Extortion
  • Fantasy
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • Extortion
  • Illegitimate children
  • Inheritance and succession
  • Kings and rulers
  • Magic
  • Queens
  • Sisters
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
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Rule, Ellen Goodlett
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on1019627229
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780316515283
Lccn
2017059758
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1019627229
Label
Rule, Ellen Goodlett
Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1019627229
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
376 pages
Isbn
9780316515283
Lccn
2017059758
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1019627229

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