May 30, 2016

#Review #Giveaway Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives #2) by @KateElliottSFF @TheNovl

In this thrilling sequel to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating young adult debut, a girl immersed in high-stakes competition holds the fate of a kingdom in her hands.Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives--the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. 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 chance 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.

Kate Elliott is the author of more than twenty novels, including 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 or follow her on Twitter @KateElliottSFF.

Well this book takes the story to a new level. This book is for ages 16 and up to say the least. With murder and higher situations it's not for the faint of heart. At one point towards the end I almost put it down. This could be called The Game of Thrones for teens. All they needed was a dragon or two. 

This is a great story with hints of magic. This one picks up right where book one left off and it doesn't end on a cliffhanger. So that was great. All the characters we loved from book one are back. Each are slowing growing into their selves becoming the person they should be. 

In this one we see Jes make some very stupid and costly mistakes that I hope in book three she will fully learn not to make them again. As she has seen what happens that people can be killed from your own stupidity. 

As for our wonderful Kal I was glad to see him step it up and be a man. He was such a whinny child in book one. In this I think everyone will be happy and a little surprised on what they find. 

As for the story I really love where it's going. That this is not just a story about our lovely Jes and her family. But also about those who have been treated like dirt will rise up. How people will rise to take back what is theirs. Because in the end 

Efea will rise! 

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One of my most anticipated reads, this.

Thanks! I'd love to run the Fives. Sounds really fun.

I would probably not be in quite good enough physical shape to run the fives, but I'd love to watch!

Hhahah. Would LOVE TO, can I is another question!

I loved COURT OF FIVES and can't wait to read THE POISONED BLADE. :) I would definitely run the Fives.

I would run the fives. Ha, winning might be a challenge.

I am not sure I would be well equipped to run the fives. haha I can't wait to read this one! Great review

-P.S. I'm in Orlando too! We should meet up at ALA :)

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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