Court Duel: The Crown & Court Duet, Book II

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The stirring sequel to Crown Duel finds young Meliara at the center of a deadly court intrigue.

Brought to court by a mysterious letter, teenage Countess Meliara finds herself the subject of all sorts of courtly intrigues and attentions, including those of the deposed king's sister and an ardent, secret suitor.

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Overview

The stirring sequel to Crown Duel finds young Meliara at the center of a deadly court intrigue.

Brought to court by a mysterious letter, teenage Countess Meliara finds herself the subject of all sorts of courtly intrigues and attentions, including those of the deposed king's sister and an ardent, secret suitor.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
With the brutal war she helped to win over and the horrible king dead, Meliara returns to her family's country castle to resume the simple life she prefers. Her peaceful time lasts only a short while-until she is invited to the royal court to celebrate the upcoming marriage of her brother. At court she is swept into various intrigues involving a revolt led by the dead king's sister and communications with a secret admirer. Not sure who her real allies are, Meliara once again comes to the defense of her country. This well-written fantasy is an enjoyable read, especially the descriptions of Meliara's difficulties adapting to life at court and the mystery surrounding her secret admirer.
VOYA - Bette Ammon
The recalcitrant Meliara is at it again in this sequel to Smith's Crown Duel (Harcourt Brace, 1997/VOYA June 1997), Book I of the Crown & Court Duet series. With her rural kingdom on the mend and her brother soon to be married, the outspoken Countess Mel is coaxed to court by Nee, her future sister-in-law. Mel promises to learn courtly ways but it becomes clear early on that she is too honest to suppress her true thoughts and feelings. It is through an exchange of letters with an anonymous suitor that Mel discovers much about this courtly world-the treachery, nobility, and romance. Those who were absorbed with Mel's misadventures in Crown Duel may be less than thrilled with this sequel. What little action there is occurs briefly at the end, and in the meantime readers must endure Mel's time at court where she, of course, causes continual commotion with her bluntness. Will the real villain-the one who would have the throne at any cost-ever reveal himself? Will Mel never figure out the identity of her secret correspondent and find her own true love? These criticisms aside, Mel still radiates as a courageous, forthright, and intelligent young woman, one we will be eager to meet again. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 6-9In this sequel to Crown Duel (Harcourt, 1997), the teenage Countess Meliara finds herself compelled for political reasons to leave her small castle in county Tlanth to stay at the royal palace Athanarel in the capital city, Remalna. She is completely unprepared for court life, preferring to run barefoot over the hills rather than learning how to hold her fan correctly, but luckily her brother's new fiance takes Meliara under her wing and teaches her the nuances of court etiquette. Mel soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying whirl of flirtation and political intrigue, and she remains confused about both until a plot to take over the throne brings many secrets to light. Court Duel stands well on its own, although readers will immediately want to go back and read the first book. Mel is a likable heroine who is constantly chastising herself for her ignorance and quick temper, and the other characters are fully realized and fascinating in their own right. There isn't much action until the very end, but readers will enjoy immersing themselves in the subtleties of courtly life and love.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152016098
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Series: Crown and Court Duel Series , #2
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    loved this series! 'nuff said

    loved this series! 'nuff said

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Both this book and its predecessor in the series, Crown Duel, ar

    Both this book and its predecessor in the series, Crown Duel, are interesting and well-written.  Definitely a book to share.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2009

    BEST BOOK EVER

    This book is my absolute favorite book. I reread at least ten times a year, and it just gets better and better! It is a must-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Crown Duel Tops them All

    Crown Duel (the reprinted version with both books) is the best fantasy book I have read in a long time. It completely held my atention without overglorifying the characters. I loved it, Mel was a great character smart brave but not perfect . Even if you don't like fantasy you will love this book because it doesn't overdose on anything. And the love story makes it perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    LOVED IT!

    This book was AWESOME! I couldn't put it down! It was much better than the book before it, Crown Duel. I hope there'll be another book in this series...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    A MUST read!

    This amazing book lifts you into another world. The manipulation of plot and the adventure that Mel finds herself on is original and hard to beat! Humor, drama, romance, adventure, and the will to do right against wrong makes this book a fantastic read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    A Incredibly Wonderful Book!

    I read all the reviews for this book and I totally couldn't agree more. This was seriously one of the best books I have ever read! It has the perfect amount of everything in it and was exactly the kind of book I love. It had the perfect balance of romance, action, humor, and a few drops of magic. The characters are wonderfully endearing and you can't help but love them. I couldn't put this book down till I finished it. It was a perfect sequal (maybe even better than the first) and it left me longing for more. This book is wonderfully written and pulls you in till your done reading in no time! The only thing I would change is to make it longer, or else add more books after it! I would reccommend it to anyone!!! I would give it more stars if I could!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    AMAZING!

    This book was great it had just the right about of romance in it. You never want to put down the book! It had a good deal of suspension and adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    Best book ever!

    I first read Crown Duel and then this book. This book warmed my heart and made me want to be just like Mel. I could not put this book down no matter what I did! The ending was the best part of all. This book is my favorate book of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    One you have to read!!!

    This has been one of my favorite books and i haven't got tired of it. i've read it four times and each time it keeps on getting better and better. That's the way a book should be though. This story contains all the qualities a book needs to attract its readers. i really recommend that anyone who enjoys reading adventure books and a bit of mystery love then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Oh my God this book was so good. its everything that u want in a sequel and more. i almost wish that there was more. not only is it an example of a strong willed young woman but there's action, romance, fatasy, it just had everything. i def reccommed it to everyone. the love story between mel and vidanric and the parties and fan language....it was great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    One of the best books ever!!!!!!

    I read this book a few days ago because my friend told me to. So I did and OMG! I was blown away. I loved it! Then I read it again and now I wish that Sherwood Smith would write more books detailing Mel and Vidanric's life together after the story ends. I want to know what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    DUDE! THIS BOOK ROCKS!

    OMG this book was SO awesome! I want 100 series to be written so i can read Valdarinic's and Melaria's (i forgot their names) WHOLE life story! AIM/E Mail me (AIM is teamroper666) if u liked this book or others like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    sigh

    hmm...the words 'ausome' and 'spectacular' do this book no justice. a combination of the two maybe...crown duel is so good it brought tears to my eyes just to finish it. the only thing i didnt like about the book is that it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    An Amazing Book !!!!!!!!!!

    This book was amazing and the ending is the best. I will read this book and Crown duel again and again just to relive the story. And so will you if you read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    TOTALLY GREAT BOOK!

    This was one of the best books I've ever read. It is definatly one of those books you wont be able to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Awesome!

    this book was great! its everything I love...fiction, roamnce, mystery, intrigue, and castles and knights-fabulous! I hope I can find more books that are just as great and interesting to me...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Thank God for Sherwood Smith

    This book was a life saver for me mainly because I was stuck in in a car for six hours a day during my family vacation last year. I loved it so much that I've read it 2x's since then. It's a story that girls of all ages should read. Everyone I have recommended this to has loved it. This book draws you into a world of conceit, love, and lies. And when it finally lets go it leaves you begging for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2003

    The perfect sequel

    The aftermath of the war is not just an aftermath..it's a whole new book! Sherwood Smith introduces new characters with relish. It's one of those I-just-can't-put-it-down books that enchants you till the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    PERFECT!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

    This book is wonderfully written.I've read,like,ten times,and it's STILL exciting!!

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