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
Court of Fives is yet another book with a self-absorbed female protagonist centered around a bread and circuses competition – this one somewhat similar to the challenges in American Gladiator with 5 changing obstacles testing agility, balance and strength – released in the years immediately followin...
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...
***This review has also been posted on The Social PotatoCourt of Fives was kind of disappointing. The blurb had me excited but the book itself wasn’t nearly as exciting as I had thought it would be.I imagined that this would be a politically tense book and there would be high stakes but I never felt...