Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #1) | REVIEW

Court of FivesCourt of Fives by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #1)
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on August 18th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

On the Fives court, everyone is equal.

And everyone is dangerous.

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 whomever 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 competitors.

Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an improbable friendship between the 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.


4 Stars

First Line:

We four sisters are sitting in the courtyard at dusk in what passes for peace in our house.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Good

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott takes us on an adventure into a world divided by racism, sexism, and classism. It follows a brave young girl that was born in the middle of both races. Her father is Saroese, and her mother Efean. Her and her sisters grew up behind high walls to protect them from the prejudices on the outside for it is unheard of for a Saroese man to have several children with an Efean concubine.

When Jessamy, our main protagonist goes against her fathers orders and runs in the Fives, an obstacle course competition things start to get a little messy. Now her father is off to marry a princess of Saroese ethnicity, her mother and sisters are taken away, and she is sponsored to run the Fives by a tyrant lord, and Jessamy must figure out what’s the most important for her.

I loved all the characters in Court of Fives, even the evil ones. Some noteworthy characters include Jessamy, Lord Kalliarkos, Amaya, and Lord Gargaron. Jessamy is a strong and brave heroine that will stop at nothing until she achieves her dreams and aspirations. Lord Kalliarkos is sweet, caring, and sees beyond ethnicity and social standing treating everyone in the same manner. Amaya is feisty and multi-layered although she comes off a tad bit whiny and conceited. Lord Gargaron is a straight up asshole, pardon my language, and I don’t like the things he does but I love his motivations.

The world Elliott has created is vast and expansive. She pulls no stops when it comes to customs, religion, social class, and history. Even the way each character’s personality reflects off the way they were brought up. This world felt new and invigorating and I can’t wait to learn even more. Elliott’s writing is lyrical and and flows well with the story. Each character’s dialogue felt distinct and driven. The writing is one of the aspects that keeps Court of Fives interesting and exciting.

I have to believe he will do as he promised. Yet the truth is that I trust him because of the way he snared my fingers in his. That is the worst reason of all to trust, but my bitter heart will not stop singing its recklessly giddy song.

Court of Fives -Kate Elliott

The Bad

The plot. Now before you guys start saying, “How can a story be 4 stars with a bad plot?,” “That doesn’t make any sense,” let me explain myself.

The plot is very loose fitting in Court of Fives. It is pretty much a setting up of a more bigger plot line that will probably occur in the sequel. All we get this time around is world building, character establishing/growth, and intricate storytelling. What we don’t get is the bigger picture. Court of Fives is just a stepping stone for something more, I can feel it. I just wish there was a more exciting ending.

Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Court of Fives by Kate Elliott! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Kate ElliottAs a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.

Also, there is a schnauzer.

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

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