Court of Fives
In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege. Jessamy's life is a... show more
In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.
Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
A really wonderful first YA novel from a writer used to targetting an older audience. The transition from adult to YA may not have been entirely free from bumps for some, but it was everything I enjoy about Kate Elliott's work as well as YA. To me, the characters were more three-dimensional than I s...
I really liked a lot of things about this one, from the setting to the complexities of the family and politics. There are a few Little Women echoes, but they’re mostly at the beginning and I personally didn’t find the comparison hugely helpful. At any rate, Elliott does a nice job of writing a chara...
Unfortunately, this book was just not for me. Besides the fact that this book had nothing I wanted in a book, this book also added a few more pet peeves of mine and combined it into a whole mess that I could not understand. I loved the premise of this. But, as soon as I read the first five chapte...
4 - 4.5 starsThe world building was occasionally confusing, but I enjoyed this slick, fast-paced fantasy. Lots of action, a little romance, and a bold heroine who takes charge and doesn't wait to be rescued. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series
Let me say right off the bat that I liked the book. I started in as skeptical, because the summary for the book is not the best written, nor does it really represent the book as a whole. The summary gives off the impression that the "Commoners" are noble and free and whatnot (with all the noble sava...