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Court of Fives
ISBN: 9780316364300
Author: Elliott, Kate
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Published: July 2016
Retail: $10.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A New York Times bestseller!

In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first young adult novel weaves 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 away from her family she can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors--one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy--causes heads to turn. When Kal's powerful, scheming uncle tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test her new friend's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a royal clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Romance - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: FIC
Series: Court of Fives
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Sports, Social Issues, Science Fiction, Middle School, High School, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
After secretly training for years to compete in the Fives, a physically demanding athletic competition, Jes finally gets her chance to do so publicly after her family is torn apart by a powerful lord. Set in a fantasy realm modeled on the ancient Mediterranean, Elliott's YA debut--with Game of Thronesstyle political intrigue and Hunger Games adrenaline--should spread like wildfire.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 May #4)

Launching a YA trilogy, adult author Elliott (the Spiritwalker series) takes readers on an imaginative journey into Efea, a socially divided world of "Commoners" and "Patrons." Jessamy, the daughter of a high-ranking Patron army captain and a Commoner mother, wants to compete in the Fives—a challenging, obstacle-like game requiring cunning and athleticism—but her father forbids it. When the lord sponsoring Jessamy's father dies unexpectedly, tearing apart her family, she gains the opportunity to train at one of the most prestigious arenas in the kingdom, alongside a lord whose sudden attention sets her heart racing. Elliot creates an intricate and intriguing story, conjuring a world of mysticism and centuries-old customs. Jessamy's boldness and impulsiveness make her a striking heroine in a male-dominated land. While Efea's complicated backstory can occasionally bog down the narrative, Jessamy's daring escapades, her budding romance with Lord Kalliarkos, and the descriptions of her Fives trials keep things exciting. Jessamy's challenges are only just beginning, and readers will be eager to know how she fares in future books. Ages 12–up. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 May)

Gr 7–10—Set in an ancient civilization reminiscent of the Egyptians and the Mayans, this is a high fantasy novel that explores race, class, and gender struggles in a patriarchal society. Jessamy is the daughter of a Patron general and a Commoner mother. Even though her parents' union is illegal, Jessamy is brought up with the wealth and privilege of the Patron class. However, that privilege comes at the price of her own independence. The heroine cannot publicly compete in the Fives, a prestigious athletic competition, so she trains in secret. Then her father comes home unexpectedly from battle and the family is given the honor of attending a Fives game. Jessamy competes, but even masked, her identity is revealed. Her family quickly comes under the scrutiny of the deceptive Lord Gargaron who breaks apart the teen's family, even arranging a new marriage for her father. The protagonist is then sent to a Fives training camp while her pregnant mother and sisters are imprisoned. Jessamy seeks help from Lord Gargaron's nephew, a kind nobleman of Patron birth and a Fives competitor. Together, they risk their lives to save Jessamy's family. Elliott has created a world of warring kingdoms where the victors have built their civilization on the backs of the conquered. Jessamy is a loyal and strong female protagonist who fights against injustice. VERDICT This trilogy opener will be a hit with readers who love action-packed fantasy adventures.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ

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