Court Duel (Crown & Court #2)
The book had some of my favorite elements: an intelligent, sensitive, yet tough heroine; an entertaining court life full of intrigues and power struggle; and a very, very attractive hero. I admired Meliara's courage a ...more
I enjoyed it much more than I did the first time! Actually I couldn't remember reading Court Duel at all previously, only Crown Duel, so unless I have a very short memory I must not have read the second part/novel very attentively. But anyway...
I thought Shevraeth was great, very clever and mysterious and suave. I do like a drawling hero! Alt ...more
Even though there was more politics in this book it wasn’t half as cumbersome as in other books I’ve read. There were a few times when I had to t ...more
The story picks where it left off from the revolt coming to an end and the evil king put to rest. Now Meliara wants noth ...more
Meliara spends most of this book in a vastly different setting from the last one: Rather than running around in rags and boys clothes, wounded, sick, and hunted, she finds her wealthy and successful self in the glittering court of the capitol. She still has a couple of minor adventures and pas ...more
1. Very likeable characters.
2. The adventure & magic.
3. The humour.
4. The letters & the Secret Admirer. *squeels*
5. The Romance. NOT cheesy AT ALL!
6. Maliara. Girl, you crack me up! XD And because I kept reading your name as "Malaria". Fail! haha
7. Vidanric. So mysterious & cool & collected... *sigh*
8. Maliara & Vidanric's constant bickering! Guaranteed LOL fest! Haha!
"I am very much afraid," he said presently, "that...more
More of a concern, even in a YA novel, are substantial flaws in court behaviour. F ...more
Sherwood Smith, why oh why are your covers so horrifically bad? Because girl… you can write oh so good. Seriously, as I read this fantastic gem of a young adult fantasy duo I felt like pumping my fist and shouting GIRL POWER quite happily. Because this girl, this Meliara, she knocked my socks off.
So basically this story starts with an impoverished member of the court and his two kids, a boy and a girl. The girl has been left to her own devices, she’s run wild, and she ...more
I enjoyed it mostly because of the way meliara narrates and thinks in the book. She analyzes everything and not only does this keep the reader guessing about what is going to happen next but it also helps them ...more
I actually didn't realize that this was the second book in the series as my copy of Crown Duel included both books in one binding. The fact that I scarcely even noticed the transition from one to the other is either a sign of how invested in the novel I was, or how polished the segway was. maybe it means both. Either way, my first thought is that Court Duel was better than Crown Duel. Because there was more character interaction and less "this person did that and then this happened, etc".
Speaking of clueless...!!! This was one of my favorite romance plots in a book. I noted that it took ...more
Court intrigue, various characters with their own agendas and a new set of rules are only few of the things Mel has to face. She remains obstinate and prejudiced against Vidanric mainly because of her pride, which was a bit frustrating, but she eventually realizes she was wrong and becomes a better version of herself.
An enjoyable light fantasy.
Meliara Astir is quite the strong heroine. We got to know her more on a personal level in this book, and I really loved her wit and bravery. Plus, her scene where she stood up to 20 wagons with just a sword and little skill had me chanting her name. Her b ...more
postread---OK that kiss was way good.
a couple of notes.
I think that there were too many natural breaks in this book. It seemed like the author couldn't commit to any one scene for longer than a couple of pages. This is partly due to not using actual dialogue very often and to the fact that the actual writing felt very choppy, like the comentary had to come in little bits and pieces instead of one continuous flow.
The reading level is an interesting subjec ...more
I'm pretty sure this was my second time reading these books, but if I might have vaguely remember any part of them, it didn't stop me from enjoying them again. That being said perhaps my foggy recollection is some indication of the books' memorability...
All told, Crown and Court Duel are charming YA fantasy books. Were I 15 again I would gush unhesitatingly. Now that I am old and I feel like I ought to get somethin ...more
In the book, the nation is finally at peace, and Mel is content at her home. Then her brother Branaric returns home from court with his fiancée and his friend Shevraeth. Mel can't stand Shevraeth. He captured her and Branaric when they were trying to rebel against the old king. Mel and all the others return to court because a new ruler must be selected, but Mel d ...more
I really adore stories set in court life; royal balls, banquets, political-intrigue and the wits it takes to deal with two-faced individuals.
In addition to my love of castle life, Mel was also much more of a delight to read; she has become smarter and more tolerable towards unp ...more
The romance element struck ...more
Meliara Astiar, Countess of Tlanth, has been happy to fade into the background. The adventures of the previous year were enough to last her a lifetime. Overthrowing a corrupted King, escaping from a high security prison – leading the Marquis of Shevreaeth over hill-and-dale looking for her? All in a day’s work . . . a day she would happily call in sick.
But her peace at Tlanth cannot last. The Marquis of Shevraeth is about the be crowned King, and when her brother ...more
I love the mystery of the (love?) letters/gifts (and hoping that they were from a certain someone). Loved the uncertainty of who we should trust and what people's agendas really were. It's pretty much a love story (certainly not like the first part/book one).
I also love that these books are clean and I don't think they have any bad words in them ...more
I can see why this would be better as an omnibus version.
Much of this book is spent learning court etiquette, which poses quite a few problems. Nothing in a physical plot really ...more
Perhaps I am being a bit unfair to compare these books to those of Meghan Whalen Turner or Melina Marchetta, considering the others' books are soooo much longer. Marchetta's books are obviously geared towards older readers, ...more
This novel begins where the first left off: Mel is in Tlanth, where she uses the newly-received fortune to help her townspeople rebuild: new roofs, homes, and of course, increasing her book collection (smart woman). While there, she receives a strange message from a Marquise of Merindar (sister to the former kin ...more
Mel is hailed as a hero after the war, having single handedly stood up against the tyrant king Galdran. Heavily fav ...more
I'm not going to rate books--there are too many variables. I'd rather talk about the reading experience. My 'reviews' of my books are confined to the writing process.