Book Review: Rule by Ellen Goodlet
Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.
Recommended For: 12+
Themes: Romance, family relationships
LGBTQIA+ Content: One of the main POV characters is lesbian.
I loved this book. It’s a YA fantasy novel that feels fresh and had me guessing all the way through the plot. It’s part Game of Thrones and part who-dunnit, and it works incredibly well. The magic system feels very refreshing.
All three of the point of view characters – Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren – come from disparate backgrounds, with only their father to tie them together. Goodlett builds in-depth worlds from her in-depth characters, and the relationship between the three half-sisters is fascinating to watch develop.
My main criticism that there were many instances where the prose felt very much an info-dump. The info was interesting, don’t get me wrong. But I felt it could have been presented in a better way.
In terms of LGBTQIA+ content, one of the sisters is lesbian. I’ll leave it to you to find out who it is.
Overall, an enjoyable read and an impressive debut novel.