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The most fascinating part of this book, however, and what brings me back to read it over and over again, is the heroine, Mel. She makes real mistakes, misinterprets practically everything, and is driven further into trouble by the very ignorance she strives to rid herself of. Mel is as real to any young adult (or anyone who remembers that age) as any heroine ever written. I can't count how many times I've read of her mistakes and winced myself in sympathy, knowing I've made the same mishaps and showed identical character faults. Anyone who enjoys realistic fantasy with a dash of romance and sci-fi will adore this book.
I'm not going to give the whole book away, so let me just say that this has something for everyone. Girl tries to kick butt, but finds it is harder than it looks. Then she's a captive, and running from the bad guys. Later, she is playing a game of deception and secrets when she goes to court. And, last, but definitely not least, she falls in love.
I love the way Sherwood Smith's characters are all well-developed, no matter the role they play in the book. I am amazed and gratified at the incredible job she did.
The first half of the book finds Mel largely on the run from the evil King and his minions. During this adventure she makes so many poor choices, including consistently being rude and untrusting to the one person who repeatedly saves her life, that it becomes difficult to continue to cheer her on. Also, somewhat humorously, Mel finds herself unconscious every time anything exciting is going on. Madcap escape from the dungeon? Well it happens but you don't really know how because Mel snoozed through the whole thing. So much of the adventure is lost as its basically happening "off camera."
Later at court Mel is supposedly learning to navigate the labyrinth of courtly manners and intrigue. But sadly there is absolutely no tension about it. Mel seemingly has nothing at risk, there isn't really much point for her to be there, and at any point she could happily return to her home without any repercussion. The given reason for her to be there is to decide if the heir apparent to the crown (Shevraeth who after saving her life repeatedly seems to be still highly suspect as a person - seriously?!?!) will be a good king. However she gives almost no time to figuring this out as she is too busy with pointless social outings and party planning. She also strikes up a pen-pal relationship with a mysterious person which supposedly develops over time.Read more ›
The idea for this story was a good one, promising. But. I read that this was originally meant to be just one book, but the author had to write it as two for some reason, then was allowed to combine them into one later on - the story suffered as a result of this, if it's true.
The first half (Crown Duel) is... well, it was just boring and does not feel like a complete story. The main character Meilara is on the run and it should be exciting, but it feels dragged out and her misplaced attitude and bad decisions are too frustrating for my tastes. In the second half, Mel's gotten a bit better, she's educating herself, but her judge of character hasn't much improved and her brother's obliviousness is, again, frustrating.
I wanted badly to like the love interest, but you're not given a chance to get to know him enough because Meliara is too stubborn, so when they do finally get together, you're left wondering why this guy still wants to be with her.
It's a pity that the whole tale wasn't written in Shevraeth's point of view - at the end of the ebook, there are some scenes retold in his POV and they're so much more interesting, you get to know him (he actually has a personality, and a sense of humor!) and see the side characters in a more interesting and revealing way, and you can understand why and when he fell in love with Meliara.
I will say that it got much better by the end of the book, I enjoyed it a bit as Mel got out of her own way, but it took quite a while to get to that point. If you are looking for a good read from this author, I would suggest The Trouble With Kings, instead of this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've loved this book since I first read it in middle school, and continue to reread it as an adult. The addition of Vidanric's perspective is a big change, that really adds depth... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret A. Dolan Md
Love this book! It has everything in it that you could want: action, suspense, mystery, intrigue, romance, fantasy and historical elements. I can read it over and over again. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jen McNamara
This fantasy novel is a strange mixture -- almost like three separate books rolled into one. The first is an adventure. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan A. Elsner
I love this story, particularly the fact that both parts of the story are in this volume and flow well together. Read morePublished 7 months ago by BigYellowBag
I have loved these books since I was a girl and I'm so glad they've combined them into one book! :-)Published 7 months ago by Amanda
The story pulled me in and I struggled putting the book down until I was finished. I didn't want the story to end, but I couldn't wait for it to be resolved.Published 7 months ago by Value video
Enjoyable - Twofer
I enjoy Sherwood Smith's writing. This version of Crown Duel is really two books in one, originally titled Crown Duel and Court Duel. Read more
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