Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Yes. Oh, hell yes. YA has a new gold standard, and it was woven by Kate Elliot.
Here is how she did it:
Take every trope and tangled mess of cliches and throw them out the window. Replace them with a strong female protagonist, guided by love of family, an unquenchable desire to cultivate sense of self, and steadfast desire to be logical. Permit these eloquent components to unfurl on the mystical backdrop based upon the Ancient Egyptian civilization, peppered with otherness and ripe with cultural friction. Sounds fantastic, right? That's because it is.
Anyone can come up with good elements, however the skill required to intricately weave a compelling plot that leaves your heart shattered is something else all together. Once more, you will be reminded that life is not a matter of black and white, but a delicate balance of grey scale, and one must consistently make hard choices and find your footing with what you are dealt.
Jessamy, I have but one thing to say:
I'm going to refrain from delving into details on the plot, I think the blurb gives just enough that you need. Special thanks to my friend Cris, who fearlessly badgered the publisher after we missed this drop and scored the last copy for me. It was one of the few books I was truly looking forward to at BEA and I couldn't be more thankful!
*It's after midnight and my eyes are heavy - I'll proof this in the morning*