Court Duel (Crown & Court #2)
This book is one of the most intriguing, suspenseful, incredible books ever! Mel is back! After working all winter on remodeling Tlanth, Mel is surpriesed when Bran suddenly announces he's coming to visit, bringing with him a fiance and the Marquis of Sheverath. Things start awfully well with Nemair( the fiance), but extreamly rocky with the Marquis. Mel must go to the capital for thw wedding and finally face court life. Where there is Galdrens sisters family to deal with, a snobby court rival, and a mysterious secret admirer.
Court Duel is simply young adult fantasy at it's best. Meliara, a barefoot countess who most people call Mel, swears, along with her brother, on her father's deathbed to fight against the king's growing greed. With no help from the people at court and the evidense they have of broken laws ignored, she in her brother are prepared to fight, and indeed they do. Faced against an opposition, larger, sronger and better prepared, Mel and people from her surrounding villages hold off attack well for the moment but seem to have no way of holding their position. Yet when Mel gets stuck in a trap placed by her own side, the book shifts and a tale of cat and mouse ensues. This book, along with it's sequel Crown Duel are some of my favorite books. They have everything in them a teenage girl would want and Sherwood Smith captivates almost any reader.
My name is Rachel (alias: Saya), and I am 13 years old. I am giving a review on the book Court Duel.
Court Duel, the sequel to Sherwood Smiths amazing page-turner Crown Duel, is full of intrigue, mystery, romance, and just the general life at the Remalna court. One of my favorite books by far, Court Duel captured my interest immediately. From the beautifully drawn cover to the mystery and double meanings of the actually story, Court Duel is an artful telling of Meliara, the Countess of Tlanths tale.
Meliara Astiar is the barefoot countess of Tlanth, who, in Crown Duel, along with her older bother Branaric make a promise to their dying father that throws them headlong into an impossible war they have no chance of winning, against the tyrannical King Galdran. After Meliara is captured by the court fop Marquis of Shevraeth, and manages to escape him time and time again, she harbors much resentment and distrust against him. When she finds out that Shevraeths loyalties actually lie not with Galdran, but to a better Remalna, and that he plans to take the throne, Meliara is extremely confused. In the end it is only with Shevraeths help that Mel and Bran are able to defeat Galdran, and win the war.
Now, in Court Duel, it is half a year later, and Meliara has returned to her not-so-rundown castle in Tlanth. When a surprise visit from Bran and his new fiancÃ©e arrive from court, bringing along the man she hoped shed never see again, the Marquis of Shevraeth, Mel is thrown totally off track. And with a strange letter arriving from the Marquise of Merindar, Greedy Galdrans sister who also wishes to ascend the throne, Meliara finally gives in and decides to come to court to figure out who would be best for the throne. With all the courtiers, their highbred ways, and double meanings in everything they say, plus the added hastle of dealing with the many misunderstanding between her Shevraeth, can Mel accomplish her initial mission or will she return home in defeat? And will she make the right choice?
One of the main attractions I had to this book was the equally enticing sub-plot: the romance between Meliara and her Unknown, a mystery admirer whose correspondence with Mel, and views becomes a top priority in her life. I also love the fact that Sherwood Smith gives us a vivid description of the contrast between Meliaras two lives: the one as a barefoot countess in Tlanth, and the one as the sophisticated courtier. All in all this amazing book Court Duel earns a five/five from me.
I love this book. I like the prequel too, but I absolutely love this book.
You can tell that she already liked Vidanric when he came, she was so shyish around him. She always checks herself when she is around him or gets into a big arguement with him. You just knew she was jealous of Eleanor (or was it Eleanette) snd I guess the feeling was reciporcated, because they were always tense around each other. They both wanted Vidnric, but Mel just hadn't realized how she felt.
Somehow I knew Vidanric was her secret admirer, but I wasn't sure. Like she said he was hard to read.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I wanted her and Flauvic to get together. I just thought that would have been kind of cool, and yet scandalous.
Court Duel (the sequel to Crown Duel) is a great book, and reminded me at one point or another of 'You've Got Mail', 'Pride and Prejudice' (Jane Austen), and 'Hero and the Crown' (Robin McKinley). In this story, Meliara Astiar, countess of Tlanth (but no longer destitute) goes to court with the motive of setting her brother up as king. She's caught up in a world of political intrigue where every word, every gesture, every smile has a hidden meaning.
Excellent, excellent book. Found myself flipping back to favorite, memorable passages of this book. Really romantic; especially the ending which stirred the romantic side of me. If you enjoyed Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, you should read Crown Duel and Court Duel as they some what mimic Austen's aforementioned book.
This book has a little of everything. You want adventure? It's here. You want some magic? It's here. You want something that takes place in an exotic place? It's here. You want romance? It's here. It's ALL here. Ballgowns and all. You like fantasy? It's here!
Words can not express the feelings I have about this book, it was astounding! I fell in love instantly with all the characters. Especially Vidanric and not to mention Meliara. The ending was such a shock, it was quite unexpected, that's what makes a good fantasy.
For Tamora Pierce fans who are looking for a new read, try Court Duel. Meliara, the teenage countess of Tlanth is dragged off to court when her brother, his fiance, and that well-heeled snobby nemisis Marquis Vidanric enter her life. There she experiences rivalry and romance, and trying to learn fan languages and who's her enemy and who's not. Meliara then begins exchanging love letters and receives roses from a secret admirer, and at the same time has to deal with Vidanric's cold and cool ways.
The best thing about this book was that the cover wasn't just another cheap old ugly piece of artwork that you typically find on fantasies. This cover is beautiful and not embarressing to be seen with. If you like action, adventure, and a touch of romance, Court Duel is for you.
The sequel to the Crown & Court Duet is better than the one before. It concludes Meliara's relationship with Vidanric/Marquis. The ending is a real shock, I just HAD to read the book again to check and see what signs I had missed out on. This is a great book, you HAVE to read it!