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High Fantasy Fun | Book Review: Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

Court of Fives is a new fantasy series to get excited about!

Court of Fives by Kate Elliot

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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


“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.”

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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.