Court of Fives

Court of Fives

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class patron and dreaming of the freedom of the commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for the fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
Publisher: Ashland : Hachette Book Group, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478934615
Branch Call Number: Audio Download TEEN
Characteristics: 1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Dolenz, Georgia

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JCLChrisK Mar 10, 2017

This offers a complex, rigidly hierarchical society and a protagonist stuck right in the middle of it, with plenty of tense action resulting.

Before the story begins, Jessamy's life has been rigidly dull. Her military father is a common man from the ruling race who has climbed as high in the social order as his station allows. Her mother is his faithful companion from the conquered race--which would normally be a dirty secret to sweep under the rug--but she and her four daughters have lived such impeccably perfect, honorable lives that his household is allowed a bottom rung on the noble ladder. Then their sponsoring patron, a high-born lord, dies an untimely death, and their carefully manicured lives disintegrate.

Jes does what she can to survive the scandal, conspiracies, and intrigue of the fallout in the hopes of preserving as much of her family as she can, centered around the realization of her ambition to become a serious runner of the Fives, her nation's professional sport that is somewhat akin to TV's Ninja Warrior obstacle course series. Both the Fives course and society require agility, balance, timing, strategy, and daring to negotiate, with death a real danger at all times. Sometimes the only choices are bad ones, and Jes must learn to pick the ones that will cause the least amount of damage.

Impressive world-building, compelling tension, and an admirably strong (though realistically flawed) main character. I'm ready for the sequel.

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