Title: Poisoned Blade
Author: Kate Elliott
Sequel to: Court of Fives
Date Started: September 15
Date Finished: September 17
Format: ebook from the digital library
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.
So, while Court of Fives was all about Jes and how she maneuvered through her new life as a competitor in the Fives with a Patron backing her, this book is a little bit more complex. Apparently there is a plot afoot a complex political plot that drove me absolutely insane. Apparently, Lord Gargon – who I’m just calling Lord G from now on – has a plot to overthrow the current King and Queen (whose names are difficult to spell) and put his nephew Kal and his niece Menös on the throne. That involves a lot of political guesswork and conspiracies with known enemies, staging a war with potential allies, stealing gold… It’s a mess! Add into that Jes trying to outmaneuver Lord G so that she can continue to help her family and find her twin sister and it’s actually quite a headache of a storyline.
But somehow through it all Elliott still creates an air of mystery and strained romance that is actually quite entertaining to read. Like I said in my review for the previous book, the character of Jes is great. She’s strong and stubborn and she’s fiercely loyal and she’s still trying to find her way in this world that on one hand dismisses her because of her dual heritage but on the other revels her because of her triumphs not only on the Five Court but now in battle as well. I’m still really curious to know what is going to happen next, but I guess I’ll have to wait until 2017 to find out.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. If it wasn’t for the complex plot to overthrow monarchs and her families role in it, this probably would have gotten 4 stars. But because of the plot and the tie-in of Jes trying to find her twin sister and keep her family safe, I was a little lost some of the time. I also think these names are ridiculously long and complicated to spell!
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