Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Review: Court of Fives

COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott is an action-packed fantasy adventure filled with mysticism, forbidden romance, and a compelling examination of race and class identity.
As the child of mixed race parents, Jessamy been brought up in the Patron class but still has ties to the Commoners. Stuck between two worlds, she secretly trains for the Fives competitions as a way to escape the suffocating expectations of society. However, her world is turned upside down after the death of an aristocrat who sponsored her family. The games may be her only hope to save herself and her family.
Her first young adult novel, Elliott pitched the idea as “Little Women meets Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games” and she succeeded on all three counts. The Greco-Roman Egypt fantasy setting combined with characters that cross classes and an engaging adventure plot will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Librarians will find that both male and female readers will enjoy the smart, strong protagonist. This compelling YA fantasy joins a growing of titles that address social issues within the context of a convincing fantasy world.
The detailed world-building and complex characters along with the gripping plot will have readers waiting in line for the next book in this new trilogy.
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Published by Little, Brown an imprint of Hachette on August 18, 2015.