Crown Duel by Sherwood SmithCrown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Crown Duel

bySherwood Smith

Mass Market Paperback | June 10, 2002

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Young Countess Meliara swears to her dying father that she and her brother will defend their people from the growing greed of the king. That promise leads them into a war for which they are ill-prepared, which threatens the very people they are trying to protect. But war is simple compared to what follows, in peacetime. Meliara is summoned to live at the royal palace, where friends and enemies look alike, and intrigue fills the dance halls and the drawing rooms. If she is to survive, Meliara must learn a whole new way of fighting-with wits and words and secret alliances.

In war, at least, she knew in whom she could trust. Now she can trust no one.

The Firebird edition of Crown Duel combines the hardcover editions of Crown Duel and Court Duel-and features a never-before-published story by Sherwood Smith!
Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She’s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing boo...
Title:Crown DuelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:June 10, 2002Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142301515

ISBN - 13:9780142301517

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story It's one of the few reads in high school that still stand out to me to this day
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriquing Intrique Okay, so Countess Meliara and her brother Bran swear on their father's deathbed that they will take the tyrannous king down. Problem is they have no idea how to do that or even if they can. This book is divided into two different books. The first one is about how they try to get the throne. This half has lots of action and lots of dumb mistakes on Mel's part. This might have been annoying except for the expert way in which she is written to learn from her mistakes. This succeeds in making her seem human and likable and made me really like reading about her. For book two, most of the fighting is done and I kind of assumed that because of that the book would suck. It didn't though, the court intrique was just as exciting and delightfully written as the first half. Because of this I actually enjoyed this one even more because by now I really felt that I knew Mel and developed a fond respect for her. Anyway, these books are great. They get to the point, the plot is good, and the characters are awesome too. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy read. The only warning I will issue is to try not to read this book the night before an important presentation...not that I did that or anything...
Date published: 2007-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Standalone My favorite book for the last decade. Romance, adventure, humor, magic, political intrigue, and a mysterious admirer! Character development was done with subtlety, and felt natural and believable. The heroine is human, yet admirable. I've re-read this several times a year for over a decade. After my very first reading, I had already memorized my favorite parts and recounted them to my friends. As it turned out, those "favorite parts" covered most of the book. This is usually classified as a Young Adult book, but I have yet to grow out of it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2007-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting This book is a tale of adventure, intrigue and romance all bundled up into one memorable read. Meliara is the main character, a short, quick-tempered, unlikely heroine but utterly lovable. The readers find her struggling to lead a revolt against the greedy king and later, trying to find her way through Court life and deal with being courted by a mysterious person through letters. It's an unforgettable book that will have you rereading it countless times over. Sherwood Smith draws you right into the believable world her book is in. Crown Duel is a book I highly recommend and has become my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 2007-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2 swords up Crown duel has everything. War, court life, romance and an amazing plot. The ending was a little odd and the magic part of the story wasn't amazing. I Also got a little bored of the court life but other than that the book was amazing. Every time the Marquis was in a scene I just couldn't stop reading. A definite read.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I bought this book a year ago and since have read it nearly five times - it is that good. It's full of everything that you could ask for in an adventure novel. Definately recommend it!
Date published: 2006-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really, I have to say, I've already read this book twice in a year, and everytime I'm reading it, I just have to put it down and push down the urge to squeal in delight! It is definitely worth it, merging together war, romance, and court. It deserves much more credit than it has.
Date published: 2005-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I am always on the lookout for a good book, and I am usually disappointed. But when I picked up Crown Duel, I was enthralled and swept away into Meliara's world of action, drama, romance and magic. Sherwood Smith is an excellent writer, her style of writing lets the reader feel like she herself is Meliara. I'm sure anyone could relate to many of the situations Meliara was faced with in part 2 of the book. I definitely suggest that you read this book, you will not be disappointed!
Date published: 2004-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately on a YA fantasy reader's To-Read list! I work at my local library and I encountered this book when shelving. It was the only copy in the library system and I decided, Why not? because I had been having trouble finding a good, solid, fantasy read. This book was awesome! You are drawn into this captivating world without any restraint. Meliara's character is brilliant and determined. Definately a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2003-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In need of a good book? I borrowed this book from the local library, believing it was another horrible novel. You may ask yourself, why did I borrow it? It was simply because I liked the girl on the cover. Yes, I judged a book by its cover. But once I started to read it, I started to become Meliara. I took her place, felt her emotions and faught her battles. The author is a genious with the written language. Sherwood Smith captured the characters so well, I felt as if they were my own friends. You're probably thinking I'm a lunatic, but I bet you anything you will witness the same adventure I did when read this amazing novel.
Date published: 2003-06-24