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Buried Heart

(Court of Fives #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,423 ratings  ·  166 reviews
The heart-pounding finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series--now available in paperback!

Choose between your parents.
Choose between your friends.
Choose between your lovers.
Choose who you are.

On the run from the murderous King Nikonos, Jessamy must find a way for her beloved Kalliarkos to tak
Kindle Edition, 481 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Buried Heart by Kate Elliott
Book Three of the Court of Fives series
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series

In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
A very solid and complex feeling finish to the series. The mixed heritage of the main character Jes is always in issue no matter the circumstances, but I liked the way it was handled in this book. Jes has always felt that she could never deny either her Efean or her Saroese parentage, both of which she wears plainly on her face. But neither does she want to.

The whole question of racial identity is so complicated, and it never felt lightly treated in this book. Even by the end, when the outcome
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

After the dramatic events of the previous book, and the call to arms of "Efea Will Rise!", I did wonder how Elliott was going to bring all these threads to an adequate and satisfying conclusion.

The Efean rebellion is growing but still far from strong enough to face the Saroese head on and claim their land and indeed lives back. Add to this the threat from the outside on several fronts, and the situation becomes nearly impossible to sort out. And yet... The author carries on spinning her compl
Melissa McShane
This may well be my favorite book of the year.

This conclusion to the Court of Fives trilogy is outstanding in its execution, in the pacing, in the bold characterization, and in the powerful story. I loved how well everything was wrapped up and how Jes's journey went beyond its simple beginnings to places she could never have imagined. The ending was perfect, and I think my favorite part about it is I had no idea which way Elliott was going to go. Totally satisfying.

For once, the tagline is appro
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Terrific conclusion to a series I really enjoyed. I'll miss Jes and Kal.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of disappointing. I felt like this whole series was a lot of 1 step forward, 2 steps back. The story kind of grinds on you in an exhausting way. And I found myself too often turned off by both the MC and many of the supporting characters. The story is filled with a lot of huge egos and got unnecessarily angsty at times. Very overly dramatic. I found myself oddly not into the love story. The ending was odd with a ton of loose ends.
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Buried Heart, by author Kate Elliott, is the third and final installment in the author's Court of Fives trilogy. For those who may be new to this series, the series is a high-fantasy adventure with a heroine who captures the imagination of fans from Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, and Victoria Aveyard. Set in the very Greek like setting of Efea, Half Saroese, half Efean Jessamy aka Spider has come a long way from the first install
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Really satisfying conclusion to this series!
It was an utter page turner, and while at first I had some problems re-immersing myself in Jes's headspace, I was ultimately drawn in. I guess I'm beginning to think clearly I have strange/unusual textual preferences. I read all the advice about how characters should have agency and influence action, and how important it is for readers to see the emotion and feelings characters experience and then I read a book and I think - I'd like it better if the character's feelings were less obvious, becau ...more
Title: Buried Heart (Court of Fives #3)
Author: Kate Elliott
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017 (July 25)
Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Science Fiction
**I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

You know I like to always start my reviews by staring at covers...let's do that now! (And I'll include a little extra info from the pub):

"The explosive finale
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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My objections aren't anything new: I think the writing is sloppy (can you be "shackled by silken rope"?) and the plot an exercise in moving pieces to get a desired result; I don't see any thematic consistency or the basic acknowledgement that history is written by the victors (the Efeans are way, way too good to be believed); and Jessamy's conflict between her two heritages feels entirely too obvious a metaphor - and is too easily resolved by circumstance.

It's the lack of thematic consistency t
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
I am so sad this series is over!!! It was the perfect finale though even it it was a bit bittersweet.
Jesse Nicholas
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2017-books
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott is the finale to the Court of Fives Trilogy. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing this series was and that you should go pick it up right away! I was blown away with the world Elliott built and expanded on over the course of this journey.

For the third book, the story picks up with the political turmoil between the Saroese and the Efean people. Jessamy our main protagonist is on the run with her family to escape the grasp of Lord Gargaron. Safety is a major priority
Christina Pilkington
An ok ending to an ok series for me. This third book was definitely a more enjoyable read for me than the second book in the series, although the first third of this book also dragged for me.

My main complaints were that once again, certain story elements that were brought up were never fully explored or explained. The revolution that took place seemed way too easy and was over way too quickly. I know this is YA, but I've read several other YA books tackling the same type of plot where it's hand
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first question remains: Why did it take me so long to finally get around to reading Kate Elliott?

So. All is not well. Tensions between the native Efeans and the occupying Saroese (to be fair, they've been ruling the country for several generations now) have reached the boiling point; and the Saroese themselves are reft by war and rebellion and more than their fair share of palace intrigue; and our narrator Jessamy (daughter of a Saroese general and his Efean lover; and Jessamy herself has an
Todd Ross
Last night I finished the final novel in the Court of Fives series by Kate Elliott. To be honest, I think was a little disappointed. Kate Elliott is one of my favorite authors, but I just didn't feel like this book had the conclusion and impact I was hoping for. I feel like it should have probably been split into 2 books. It felt a little rushed with seemingly very little conflict that wasn't addressed or resolved far too quickly. I would have liked to have seen more about how the Saroese reacte ...more
D.F. Haley
I'm a huge fan of Kate Elliott, but this series didn't really do much for me. I loved the concept of the national (Roman-like) games around acrobatics and puzzles as a metaphor for political and strategic thinking. The first book in the series was great, and something my young daughter would have liked.

But by the third novel, I expected more. The heroine remained a spoiled brat throughout, despite her other admirable skills and intermittent compassion for others. I thought after she suffered tra
Bunny McFoo
Ugh. What a disappointment. 1.5 stars, rounded up because I'm just that nice.

No resolution with Bett - her parents don't even seem to really care what happened to her? Everyone just sort of accepts that there's an old man's spirit trapped in a baby's body. Jes leads Ro on until literally the last chapter before ending up with Kal - so, you know, going with the romance with no chemistry and the most dull male romantic lead possibly ever and ditching the character that the author seems to have acc
The Library Ladies
(Full review here at the

This review is a long time in coming given how much I enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy since we’re coming up fast on a years since it’s been out! But I will blame my audiobook library queue. I had this one almost finished months ago, and then had to return it to the library and had to wait in line patiently to get it back. Yes, yes, I could have just read a physical copy or done any number of things to get it sooner. But my dedication to o
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This morning I finished up Buried Heart by Kate Elliott, the final book in her YA Fantasy series Court of Fives. Oh, what a great end to a great series. I’m only angry at myself for not reading these sooner.

In Buried Heart Jessamy has found herself at a crossroads. She’s always been of two worlds due to her heritage and upbringing, but now she’s caught between a revolution against all of Patron rule and wanting to save those she cares about, Kal and her father, who are fighting the current regim
Robyn White
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those series that get better with each book. Granted that is because the first book had issues. It had a lot of typical YA fantasy tropes. It drew comparisons to series like The Hungar Games and The Winner's Curse. (It is much more like the later than the former, imo.) There were probably a lot of people who read the first book who never came back for the rest of the series. And that's really too bad because as I said before, each book in this series is better than the last. I was ...more
The Court of Fives trilogy concludes in this long but tense and terrific novel, bringing the whole series full circle, especially where its ongoing themes of colonialism and racism are concerned. Truly, Efea will rise, but it'll be a long and difficult road for Jes and her people to get there, and they'll need a few allies among the Saroese first. Kal, perhaps? Of course, first he has to make himself overcome his natural inclination to uphold the corrupt institutions of his people, purely to kee ...more
Kathy Martin
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BURIED HEART was a good conclusion to the Court of Fives trilogy. Jessamy is torn between her Seroese father and her Afean mother in a culture ruled by the Seroese. As a mixed blood person, she is not accepted in the Seroese culture except that she is an excellent player in the game of fives which obsesses Patron and Commoner alike. She is also beloved of Kalliarkos who is very closely related the the rulers of the country which doesn't endear her to either group of people.

She needs to decide wh
Well, well, well. I've devoured this trilogy, that, months ago, I disdained as typical.

I.... really enjoyed this series. It is still hitting all the usual tropes of dystopia/fantasy YA, but boy, Kate Elliott's writing is so enjoyable to read. I love her varied and many female characters, I love that she has same gender couples, and I love her progressive gender politics. This trilogy deals with colonialization, where the oppressed eventually rise up and reclaim their land.

But what caught my atte
Emma Rose Ribbons
I enjoyed this very much! It's pure war and political intrigue, which I love and it's got very subversive, feminist-friendly elements. The reason why I'm not giving it five stars is because I don't know if I'll ever reread this. I loved the worldbuilding and the characters (the female characters in particular) but this installment felt very cold and ruthless. A bit too much suffering for me. It wasn't as cosy as the ones before, even the description of life once the fighting's over was incredibl ...more
Loved this series and so happy how with how it concluded! I kept wondering what the resolution could be for Kal and Spider's relationship, the raging war and who will end up on top, and if it's going to be a happy ending!

I've always loved Spider and her kickass skills on the Fives court! She's so bad ass that she is even better than the male contenders! I love how she has this special relationship with her father and how they both have the same interests and skills in strategy. It made me miss
Hope Castillo
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 500-pages
I liked the first two books. They were different from other books in a way. There were some parts that were interesting but I felt like it took forever to get the climax. I didn't keep you wanting to know more and just you wanting to know if it was going to end. It felt like it went on forever.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
2.5 stars

I’m simultaneously going to say that Buried Heart was a pretty satisfying series conclusion and also that it wasn’t. The thing is that, for what this series actually is, Buried Heart is consistent to what’s come before, and it doesn’t drop all the balls. Mostly, this series feels like a jongleur came out and tossed up ten balls, dropped half of them, but then successfully juggled the remaining five for the duration of the series.

There’s a lot of action throughout the series, so I was ne
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, better on the revolution than the romance, but I found it a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
it is my heart that is buried thanks to what this book put it through
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely

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