What an ending...
First I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an eArc.
Just to be clear, I had read Three Dark Crowns earlier this year and was not a fan of it at all. Pacing was slow. World was hard to comprehend. And I didn't like the sisters.
Rule was nowhere near as boring as Three Dark Crowns. The world was amazing. I wish it was explained a bit more. Like they have three moons and I just want more elaboration with that. I also want to know more about the Reaches and how many large continents there are on this planet. Or if Koloyna is the only continent that owns all the Reaches. I really hope the book comes with a map on the inside. I really want to know what this world looks like from an aerial view.
The pacing was prefect too. The book is told with alternating POV's from the three sisters. You find out off the bat what secrets they're hiding but that doesn't damage the story. It actually helps to know. And so many things happen between each 'even' that you're always invested in what is going on. Filler chapters seem to be few and far between. Everything that is written on the page seems to lead to a greater purpose. Read carefully guys because even the smallest things can be overlooked.
The sisters didn't have much of a relationship with each other when they started off, but they grew a relationship and they didn't hate one another even though they were all playing for the throne. And each sister was so distinct. They each had their own quirks and phrases. You always know whose POV it is because of the phrases that were used. It was refreshing to read sister love and girl love. Their motives weren't driven over pointless envy over another female.
There's also f/f in this story which is always refreshing. It's usually m/m or m/f. Lesbians aren't represented equally in YA. It was just nice to have a non-cliche and subtle lesbian relationship.
The ending of the book was fantastic and after I'm writing this review I'm going to preorder the book in hopes the author will get a deal to write the second one. In any case, I HAVE to know how this story is going to end. And I want all the sisters to live.
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