Court of Fives is a new fantasy series to get excited about!
Court of Fives by Kate Elliot
Title & Author: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
Genre: Young Adult – High Fantasy
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Series: Court of Fives #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
High Fantasy Fun
When I picked up Court of Fives, I was expecting a more fantasy take on The Hunger Games concept. What I actually got was a more complex and interesting world that I could have imagined.
Jessamy is not only a mixed race character, but her parents are also from different classes. Her mother is from the lower class Commoners, and her father is a rising-in-the-ranks Patron. Wanting to run the Fives competition is her only goal, but she doesn’t realize how pursuing that dream will turn her life upside down.
This was a book where I couldn’t always predict what would happen. That’s a HUGE plus for me because as a long-time reader, I see everything coming a mile away.
I also appreciated how the struggles weren’t easily overcome by just wanting them to be over. Jessamy faces real prejudice and hardship, and I loved seeing her grow and become stronger through the process. She is such a strong character with so much heart and backbone.
Court of Fives had a great balance of action, world-building and character development. Sometimes books that are heavy on the fun stuff – fighting, scheming, etc – they end up being light on rounded out characters and some of the deeper things.
This is definitely a story that doesn’t shy away from the tougher topics. And, it’s tackled in a more realistic, approachable way.
This is definitely a new fantasy series to start. I loved the Fives games and how different it was from any other book out there right now. Court of Fives offers amazing fantasy fun and I highly recommend it.