by Suzy Knight
Published by Hartwood Publishing on September 4, 2014
Genres: New Adult Fantasy 18+
Source: Blog Tour
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As a child, Lady Elsabeth Durnfir dreamed of marrying a prince, but after seeing her elder sister’s personality make a complete 180 degree turn after her engagement to Crown Prince Henry of Estoria is announced, Elsabeth has traded in her childish hopes of a fairytale wedding for the equally unlikely hope of inheriting Durnfir Manor and the surrounding land.
Life at court is not something she is interested in, or good at, but in order to help prepare for her sister Alicia’s wedding, Elsabeth must live at court for an entire year. As well as trying to fit in at court while living up to her sister’s reputation, Elsabeth has a secret to keep. But, court is full of secrets that are all about to come to light.
How will Elsabeth survive court without destroying her family’s reputation—and how can she get Prince Frederick, the renowned rake, to stop teasing her?
In Rules of Ascension Lady Elsabeth Durnfir is forced to go to the royal court with her older sister, Alicia. Alicia is engaged to the Crown Prince Henry of Estoria, so they return to the royal court to plan the wedding. Estoria is a mythical land similar to our 18th century, where woman were unappreciated. Rather than be at the royal court Elsabeth dreams of running their family estate but because she is a woman she has no rights in family heritance. She is left no choice but to follow her sister in hopes of meeting a suitable husband. While at court she meets Prince Frederick, the younger brother of Prince Henry and a notorious rake. But appearances aren’t what they seem for both Elsabeth and Frederick. They share a common bond in that they are both living in the shadows of their older siblings and they are not being taken seriously. It was nice to see Elsabeth and Frederick form a friendship that changes to an attraction, but a surprising twist of events causes problems to their new romance.
Elsabeth was a likeable character. She wants to be independent but society is holding her back. She was fun and compassionate, a complete opposite to her sister Alicia. Elsabeth was sweet and naïve at the royal court. As the story progressed there was a time that her shyness and inability to stand up for herself caused problems for me. This came at the end of the book when there is a lot of action and we are so close to learning the truth, I just became impatient with her. I do like Elsabeth but it shocked me with how cruel her sister was to her and Elsabeth didn’t fight back.
Prince Frederick is a charmer but we get to see the real man behind the gossip. He has been a rake which he now regrets, especially once he meets Elsabeth and he realizes the effect his reputation has with his family. Frederick is the guy you swoon over and also cheer on. He is left with making an important decision and for once takes his title seriously. Even though we don’t know too much of his sordid past we do get to see him grow as a person, which makes him a character that we can fall in love with.
Rules of Ascension was well paced and even though it was short it was an exciting story. This was well written and the author does a great job of the details of the story. I do wish I could have learned more about the land surrounding Estoria, especially since there are trolls and other creatures living in the woods. Hopefully the next books in the series will reveal more.
Rules of Ascension is the second book in the Chronicles of Estoria series but this can be read as a standalone. I didn’t read the first book and I had no trouble enjoying Rules of Ascension. Rules of Ascension is a nice and quick story with action, suspense and romance. I look forward to reading more from this series and author.
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