Hype Post – Rise by Ellen Goodlett


**Disclaimer, I have not read Rise.  The following post is pure speculation about what I think I will like and dislike about it.   Please be advised, the following may contain spoilers about book one in this series, Rule.**

Title Rise

Author Ellen Goodlett

Description from Amazon

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 consequences will shake the entire kingdom to its core.
As Kolonya’s greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to protect everyone and everything they hold dear.

Initial Thoughts

I didn’t know how I felt after I finished reading Rule.  I didn’t hate it, but I definitely didn’t love it either.  It was a slow read for me and I found the sisters quite annoying at times, but, the ending.  That fabulous murder at the end really got me hooked.  Putting on my Sherlock Holmes cap was the only thing that kept me invested in this series.

Cover Art

Ok, something else kept me invested.  That spectacular cover.  It’s so rich with detail and I love the dark colors.  A+ cover design on this one.

Notes on the Dust Jacket

This description doesn’t really give us much to go on.  It’s more or less the same as the first book.  If their father learns their secrets, something bad will happen.  We already knew that.  Give me new information!

We also get no details on any of the secondary characters.  I guess that’s pretty common for a small blurb but this is the last book in the series, so I would have liked more details.

Final Thoughts

I can’t tell you how much it bothers me that a book with three main characters (three POV main characters) is not going to be a trilogy.  The imbalance of that irks me in the worst way.

Side note, it is also very bothersome that Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake is going to be a series of four books (instead of three).

I want this entire book to be about the murder mystery from the end of Rule.  The rest of the story is basically inconsequential to me.  Give me a mystery and I will solve it.

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