Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives Series #2)

Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives Series #2)

by Kate Elliott


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ISBN-13: 9780316344388
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/03/2017
Series: Court of Fives Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 162,401
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kate Elliott is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including her New York Times bestselling young adult debut Court of Fives, its prequel e-novella Night Flower, and Black Wolves. She has also written the Spiritwalker trilogy, the Novels of the Jaran, and the Crossroads trilogy, among others, and two of her books have been finalists for the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award. Kate was born in Iowa, raised in Oregon, and now lives in Hawaii. She invites you to visit her website at kateelliott.com or follow her on Twitter @KateElliottSFF.

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Poisoned Blade 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and strategic. It may be written for women, but it's a good story, that would make a decent movie
heyheyrenay More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent follow-up to Court of Fives. In many ways, it surpasses the achievements of the work of Court of Fives in the political machinations, stakes between characters, and Jes's growth. Elliott always creates nuanced, complicated situations for her characters to overcome, and Poisoned Blade is no different. Highly recommend reading Court of Fives and then checking this one out!
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott Book Two of the Court of Fives trilogy Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: August 16, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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 chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on Jes's traveling party puts her 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. What I Liked: Wow! I'm pretty sure I liked this even more than I liked Court of Fives, which I really enjoyed. I remember feeling a little unsure about Court of Fives last year, if I should read it or not. I did read it and I liked it, and as it would turn out, the sequel was even better! At the end of Court of Fives, Jessamy beats Prince Kalliarkos to become a Challenger, which moves her up in the ranks of the Fives. By doing so, she betrays Kal, forcing him into a role in the army that she knew he wanted to avoid. Their relationship lies in ruins, and he leaves with her father to fight in the war. Jes continues to run the Fives, and she must garner enough attention and favor to continue to be successful. But the Fives isn't Jes's priority; her mother and siblings are in hiding, with no money and no protection. Traveling with Lord Gargaron in the countryside allows her to compete more, but the dangers even higher, bringing her directly into the war. Suddenly Jes isn't just trying to move up as a Challenger, and she isn't just trying to protect her family. Jes must decide who she is fighting for, and where she stands. This book was exciting from start to finish! So much time passes in this book. I like how Elliott does that - a month of training will pass, a month between one run of the Fives to another, weeks of travel, and so on. I like how Elliott moves the chains (football reference, sorry) of time without taking us though those days and weeks specifically. Jes really grows with time, even though we don't get to see that time passing all the time. She is the revered champion of Garon Stables, the Commoner that shot up the ranks, from Novice to Challenger. She's the daughter of a respected General, and a lowborn Commoner woman. Jes isn't hurt by insults like "mule" that are thrown at her, and she isn't ashamed of who she is. She has her weak moments, but I love how Jes owns who she is. In a country where Efeans are dirty commoners, Patrons are the exalted upper class, and children of each are called mules, it's difficult for "half-breed" children like Jes to get anywhere. But Jes is determined to make it through the Fives, to win and win and win. She fights for her family, and for herself. Her loyalty to her mother and siblings is admirable, and so is her loyalty to her father (whom I don't really like). Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars? After finishing Court of Fives, I was really intrigued to see where the story went next. As I settled into this book, I was thrilled that it picked up right where CoF ending...and then I sort of lost interest. I didn't care for Jessamy in this book. She's so indecisive about some things and waivers over everything until the very last minute. I found I that couldn't root for her the way I did in book one. My main complaint is that there are subplots upon subplots upon subplots. And then maybe add in a few more, just for good measure. I struggled with remembering who was who and what side everyone was on. I found myself skimming long passages describing the Fives court or the battles because nothing was holding my attention. It did get a bit better towards the end and the last few pages were quite interesting. I'm mildly curious to see what happens next and I'll probably read the last one, but I won't be clamoring for it. **Huge thanks to Little, Brown and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**