Court of Fives

Court of Fives

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 144 x 218 x 37mm | 570g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316364193
  • 9780316364195
  • 309,638

Review quote

"Haunting. Epic. Impassioned. Layered. Breathtaking. This isn't just a novel; it is a coup d' tat of the soul. Prepare to be ravished by Kate Elliott's Court of Fives."--Ann Aguirre, New York Times bestselling author of the Razorland trilogy A New York Times BestsellerA NPR Best Book of 2015A Junior Library Guild Selection A Tayshas Top Ten PickA Lone Star Reading Pick "Sure to garner a following of adventure and suspense fans. While highly entertaining and fresh, the novel also speaks to issues of gender, class strife, and identity. Jessamy is an exciting protagonist: strong, quick witted, and smart.... This book is a winner, and readers will be clamoring for the next installment."--VOYA "An imaginative journey.... Elliott creates an intricate and intriguing story, conjuring a world of mysticism and centuries-old customs. Jessamy's boldness and impulsiveness make her a striking heroine in a male-dominated land."--Publishers Weekly "A gripping, original plot; vivid, complicated characters; and layered, convincingly detailed worldbuilding. A compelling look at racial and social identity wrapped in a page-turning adventure."--Kirkus Reviews "This book is amazing. Kate Elliott combines everything I love best in a YA novel. Jes is a killer protagonist, tough and capable, but also lost in her upbringing and faced with impossible choices that test her character and her beliefs.... This book will not fail you."--Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series and the Finishing School series "Fast-paced, tense, and riveting. I couldn't put it down, and you won't be able to either!"--Tamora Pierce, author of the Tortall series and the Circle of Magic series "Kate Elliott's magic and mastery is better than ever. Court of Fives enchanted me from start to finish, with characters and worlds that lingered long after I turned the final page."--Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and the Young Elites series "Full of high-stakes adventure but also heartfelt musings on identity, family and colonization, this book presents a fantasy world that is refreshingly inspired by Greco-Roman and Egyptian cultures."--NPR "A high fantasy novel that explores race, class, and gender struggles in a patriarchal society.... Jessamy is loyal and strong female protagonist who fights against injustice. This trilogy opener will be a hit with readers who love action-packed fantasy adventures."--School Library Journal * "Jes will remind readers of fearless Katniss with her skill and strategy for games. But it's the fascinating descriptions of traditions, royal interactions, and, of course, the intensities of the Fives that will enthrall readers most of all. Let the games continue!"--Booklist, starred review
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About Kate Elliott

KATE ELLIOTT is the author of many novels, including BLACK WOLVES, COURT OF FIVES, the Spiritwalker trilogy, the Novels of the Jaran, and the Crossroads trilogy. KING'S DRAGON, the first novel in the Crown of Stars series, was a Nebula Award finalist, and THE GOLDEN KEY (with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson) was a World Fantasy Award finalist. Kate was born in Iowa, raised in Oregon, and now lives in Hawaii. She invites you to visit her website at kateelliott.com or follow her on Twitter @KateElliottSFF.
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Rating details

6,373 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,535)
4 38% (2,428)
3 26% (1,662)
2 8% (524)
1 4% (224)
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