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.