Crown Duel starts just after Court Duel ends, things have changed, Meliara is focussing on reglorifing her home, her brother has gone to court and is now back with a fiancee and most importantly things in the land have shifted. Set in a world where magic is simply there, and colourwood trees are never cut down, the greedy king is no longer on the throne. Set to become the new king is a marquis, the same who played cat and mouse with Meliara in the book before, who is vain and so clothes obsessed Mel cannot stand him. So when she heads to court the book begins and so proceeds a tale narrated by a witty and loveable herione full of secrecy and cunning, secret messages and a game where you cannot know who to tust. This book is yet again brilliant and a stunning and must read sequel, it will make you laugh and cringe and feel happy inside.
I think that Crown Duel was a fantastic story, that had all the elements you need in a good novel. Like Meredith, I have read tons of award-winning books by stellar authors, but this book by far the best. I'm doing this to spread the word, because I think that lots of fantasy fans will want to read this.
Hands down a great book! It has romance and adventure, a mix of all the good stuff needed for a good book. I suggest every female to get a copy of this book and read it. That also goes for the sequel Court Duel. :)
Crown Duel is my favorite fantasy book, it's one of the best I've read so far. Instead of a snobby Princess, there's a haughty and daring Countess, instead of just fighting, she is kidnapped by the enemies. Very romantic and daring, I can't wait to start reading Court Duel.
This is one of the best fantasyies I've read so far. I've read books by McCaffrey to Pierce, to Anthony to Mckinley, and Smith just comes off as one of the best. her books are well plotted and told, with those wicked twist and turns and mystery. With action, war, mystery, suspense, and romance which continues on in the sequel COURT DUEL, this book is one anyone, especially fantasy lovers, can't miss!
Sherwood Smith is a mid-list author who deserves much more praises and respect, and if there is any justice at all in the writing world of fantasy, she'll get it.
Meliara and Branaric Astiar are Countess and Count of Tlanth, a title their father passed down to the two of them at his death bed. For years their villagers and father had to pay heavy taxes to the greedy king. Now that same greedy king wants their late father's land. The only problem is that it's going to be hard for him to obtain, especially with the quick, swift, and clever Meliara who just won't ever give up on what she has her mind set on.
They later go to war against the greedy king, messing up the king's commander's, the Marquise of Shevraeth, plans, and summoning the hill folk for aid. Meliara, being the commanding and forceful female she is, insists on putting up odds and end loose things like animal traps for the enemy to step on, and so on.
As the story progresses, Meliara accidently steps onto one of those animal traps and gets caught, not only by the trap but by the enemy, the enemy meaning the cool-headed Shevraeth. He carries her on horseback for days and nights, having to eat over the fire with her, and having to find places for them to spend the night in the forest, until they reach the courts of Remalna, where she will be tried. On the way he gets to know her quick temper and keen sense of fighting.
It was odd how polite he was towards her, even when she kept on shrugging him off and offending him. They get into squabbles and little pick knit fights about the queerest things, but somehow he still manages to get her to the destination.
After she is humiliated (as it seems) at court, she is put in jail and is to be killed the next day. Two of the guards then decide to poke fun at her the night before, by burning her face. She is then saved, by a split second, by Shevraeth who just comes and then leaves with a few exchanges of words with her. Oddly enough, Shevraeth frees her secretly when he went into her cell to speak of nonsense, then leaving the door unlocked without her knowing.
Later on comes more battles, over the fields with blood shedding and over a dining table with fierce words and demands. You then start wondering what Meliara's relationship with Shevareth is.
Sherwood Smith is a bright star on the edge of the fantasy universe that deserves all the attention she gets, and hopefully more of it.
Crown Duel is absolutely the most amazing book ever written and is my favorite book of all time. The first time I read it I couldn't put it down. The plot twists and turns, awlays keeping you reading, and the chacters are so real and superbly well written that you feel as if they could come right out off the page. You sympathize with the heroine Mel, hate the greedy king Galadran, and can't help but fall in love with the "enigmatic marquis" Vidanric. This book is excellent and no one should be without it on their shelf.
Meliara is no more a traditional countess than her brother Branaric is a traditional count- she is wearing a horse blanket when she is summoned to her father's deathbed. He makes her and Branaric promise to uphold the Convenant and protect Tlanth from the greedy king. As a result, Tlanth rebels against the monarch.
I bought this book in a bookstore because it looked amazing, but when I first read it I was a bit disappointed- at first. When you first read it this book may seem rather cliched and overdone, but it is not. The strength of this book lies in the small details, and it is very easy to close your eyes and imagine a scene.
That being said, I believe this to be a better book for middle school than high school.
This book is great.Why? It is adventous for adventous mind.Or agood book to read.It an aswsome
book to read.it's fill with adventous,cunning,
excitement,and courage all in one.Great for kids age 10 and 13 .just read the book. It is mostiy a young heroine trying to fight back for what right after her father died and her brother and her become orphan .She,the heroine,help her brother gain back their title after it been taken.
A book that sets your heart racing at an exuberant pace.
Reader reviewed by Katrina
I was caught up into the story most suddenly and surely as Mel was! (though her capture was quite literal, mine was almost so.) I enjoy it so much, that everytime I read it, it's a new but just as rewarding adventure. Time and time again I find myself flying through the scenes of her world. Not until I shut the cover behind the last words, do I realize that I am not sitting in a cold, wind-blown room, or galloping down a rain-washed road. Indeed I no longer am, I simply was.