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Rebellion: Chronicles of Charanthe [Paperback]

Rachel Cotterill
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Oct. 10 2010
When her dreams are smashed by an assignment which would leave her trapped in a job far beneath her abilities, Eleanor has nowhere to turn. The Imperial system prides itself on perfection, leaving no space for complaints. In desperation she rejects her assignment and the quality of life she would have been guaranteed - then, suddenly free for the first time in her life, finds her imagination captured by legends which tell of a secret society of elite assassins. Rebellion is the first of three novels in the Chronicles of Charanthe series.

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Rachel lives with her husband in the middle of the English Cotswolds. When she's not writing, she likes to gather inspiration by seeking out life's little adventures: getting lost in as many different countries as possible, collecting skills like other people collect stamps, and generally marvelling at the variety the world has to offer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have just finished reading Rachel Cotterill first book in the series: Chronicles of Charanthe and the First Book is REBELLION .

I have been waiting to read this book for several years after I knew Rachel was writing it, and it was everything I had hoped for and far more!

The author was able to build up a real working world that you feel there. Fully in her world, it is not just the descriptions of the world around her character Eleanor but details as types of food and cultures that she has created a living world for the reader to step into and join Eleanor as she leaves school to start on a life full of adventure.

Wanting to leave the comforts of a government school and a job already selected for her, Eleanor has her hart set upon becoming an Assassin which is not the sort of thing a nice young girl should even know about let alone dream of becoming!

As the book progresses you feel that you grow up with Eleanor as she makes her way through life.

So without giving any more away all I can say is that this is a must read, and I am personally looking forward to the next in the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book Nov. 24 2010
By L. Hutchings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really interesting book. It reads like fantasy genre, but with a unique social setup. I was drawn in by Eleanor's situation and found this very difficult to put down. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking for the next book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Nov. 24 2010
By Robert J Stelling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am an avid reader and am always looking for a new fiction book to read. Rachel does a wonderful job of bringing Eleanore's adventures to life. I was drawn in from the first paragraph as it captured my imagination with 'the man wearing a grew tunic was carrying a large box as he followed the head mistress'. We will all want to know what awaits each of the girls. The book is easy to follow and has me wanting more!

My family passes on these books, and I plan on sharing Rebellion: chronicles of charanthe with them in book form and on the kindle as I have others. A great holiday gift for any reader in the family!

Elizabeth Stelling
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written adventure book with a strong female lead Nov. 5 2011
By Lynna Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"Rebellion" is a well-written adventure book with a strong female lead. It is classified as fantasy, since the story takes place in an alternative world with quasi-medieval weaponry, houses, ships, and other aspects of people's livelihood. On the other hand, the empire of Charanthe is more orderly than a typical fantasy empire. For example, all children are taken from their parents as babies and raised in schools, where their skills and attitudes are constantly observed in order to determine the best future job for everyone. Initially I was under the impression that "Rebellion" was a science fiction story, since such surveillance is more common in fictional societies with the technological means to secure it -- but that was before the sailing ships and other fantasy elements appeared.

Eleanor is a strong character and many of her adventures are fun to read. The story is not always what it seems to be, and does not always go where the reader would expect it to go. The author has a few surprises up her sleeve, so the story is never boring. Besides, Rachel is a very good word-crafter. She has a knack for creating scenes that make her reader feel as if he or she is inside the story instead of reading it.

A word of warning, though (and a minor spoiler alert): not all of Eleanor's adventures are fun. There is a detailed torture sequence in this book. Also, the heroine, while likable because of her resourcefulness and strong character, is not likable in other aspects. Sometimes she is too headstrong and egoistical. She can also kill, steal, and cheat without giving it too much thought. This is a fantasy book about assassins, and characters who are neither "good" nor "bad" can be interesting, but still I would have preferred Eleanor to question her own deeds, together with their rightness, wrongness, or worthiness more often and more closely. Eleanor has potential, so I am expecting her to grow out of the "it is all right to do anything because I want something" attitude in later books.

I very much appreciated the way the author approached gender in this book. Except where she hinted of romance, she treated both women and men (or rather, girls and boys, since most of the important characters are young) as just people. She did not focus on their gender. The characters had personalities, dreams, skills, flaws, redeeming qualities -- all of this as people, rather than women or men. This is a breath of fresh air compared to some fantasy books where the authors present their characters as led predominantly by their biology.

I am looking forward to reading "Revolution," which is the next in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good assassin's coming of age story June 20 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
3 1/2 stars for me, leaning to 4. This books feels more like two put together. The first half focuses on danger and intrigue, where Eleanor has to escape actual danger and death to return home after being outcast from her school. The second half is really just her training in the assassin's academy. That's it.

The plot is pretty straightforward but it's still quite a fun read. I found myself not liking the second half so much as the first however, because of the lack of actual "action". Sure Eleanor has these tests she needs to pass to get approval from her peers, but really there's not that much going on, and they're really easy tests too.

I did however like the few twists and turns, and the characters were thoroughly enjoyable. My one complaint is Eleanor's "turn for the worse" as I would put it. I liked her much better in the first half where she at least didn't make everything about winning. It's her flaw though, along with being stubborn, impatient, and willingly putting others at risk. Which means she still has a lot of growing to do.

I'm not sure I will buy the sequel, although I am curious to see how the author will strengthen Daniel x Eleanor's relationship (which seems likely to happen, I think the author had a change of heart for Raf).

I finished the book thinking, "Eh..." because while it wraps up well, I didn't exactly like Eleanor's attitude anymore.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air. April 26 2011
By Lyn Meadows - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although fantasy is not my usual genre of choice, I enjoyed this book a lot. For one thing, unlike most fantasy books, this book contained no magic or magical and mythical beings. Just a lot of humans who had to rely on solely on their wits and intelligence to survive. Other than the lack of magic, though, it followed the classical fantasy set up. For one thing, the story takes place in an alternate world where swords and knives are the weapons of choice, and horses, carts and ships are the methods of transportation. In addition, the plot centers around a girl, who is the first female to be allowed into the secret assassins academy. She must compete against a number of males, some of which have been raised with the whole purpose of becoming assassins. How she uses her intelligence and her totally human skills to survive is a great story.

The characters which Rachel has included in the story are engaging and fun to read about. Most of them are multi-faceted, and you get the distinct impression that they are not always what they seem to be on the surface. One of my favorite parts of the book were the times when the various characters had to figure out challenges. Here again, the surface was only a part of what was actually required to complete the items, and the characters had to look at the many layers in order to be successful.

In addition, this book is the first of a trilogy. I am looking forward to the next installment to see how the story progresses and the characters develop.
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