Poisoned Blade

Poisoned Blade

Court of Fives Series, Book 2

eBook - 2016
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In this thrilling sequel to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's bestselling young adult debut Court of Fives, a girl immersed in a high-stakes competition holds the fate of a kingdom in her hands—now available in paperback!The Fives Court is treacherous.The world outside is far worse.Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives—the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons in her embattled kingdom. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the change to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos—the prince she still loves—is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion....She must become a warrior.
Audience: 6.3
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
Text Difficulty 5
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780316344395
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 24, 2017

The beginning flowed right off of where the first one ended, which was a nice continuation but also a little confusing, as I read the first one a while ago. The characters don't seem to change much; and there is less of Kal as he departs with Jessamy's father to war. Jessamy struggles in balancing her reputation, life, and family all on the dangerous loops of her own game of Fives. Except her adversaries now are the people of the Court, and as she discovers secrets and plots, she finds herself tied in traps that directly correlate to the survival/success of others. Will she make it out a victor, or at least, alive?
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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