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Crown Duel [Kindle Edition]

Sherwood Smith
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Over their father’s deathbed, young Meliara Astiar and her brother Branaric promise to lead their people against the evil King. The impoverished count and countess discover that even when the cause is right, leading a war is much tougher than it appears. When Meliara falls into the hands of the elegant Marquis of Shevraeth, the enemy commander, she knows she has to either escape or die. After a desperate chase across country, she discovers that she and Bran are not alone—but the alliance is offered by the person she hates the most.

Once the king is gone, she faces a new type of battlefield: not muddy fields and sharpened steel, but marble palaces. The weapons now are fashion, manners, and the subtle and secret language of fans. Finally, there is the toughest challenge of all, courtship. For how do you defend yourself when the one who draws your eye, and your heart, is your worst enemy?

Crown Duel, once published as Crown Duel and Court Duel, was put together with an added story by Firebird in 2003.

The e-book edition has the above plus several scenes from the hero’s point of view.

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About the Author

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 books is what she loves best. She’s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at

Product Details

  • File Size: 706 KB
  • Print Length: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe; 3 edition (February 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, and a must-read July 22, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is easily my favorite book. I first read it in early high school and now, at the end of college, get just as much if not more out of it with every re-read. It combines a vivid, original fantasy world with realistic sociological and political portrayals and analyses, absolutely fascinating to any sociology or political science major. Neither the magic nor the romance overpower this book; the romance is fulfilling even while the book focuses on more important themes.

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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for Anyone! January 7, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow. I got this book for Christmas and I could not put it down! From the very beginning Smith hooked me with the way Mel was a Countess in a crumble-down castle, and she was fighting the good fight with no other noble to help her. Mel's brother is nice, but he doesn't understand her. The one person who understands her is her so-called "enemy," Shevraeth. He was sent by the king to put down her uprising.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Speechless! December 10, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...I absolutely loved this book!!! I can't write a book review to save my life but this was a 10 star book all the way. As soon as I put this down I was ready to read the sequel...only to realize it was out of print and was too expensive to buy... The action keeps you going, the bravery and heroism that young Meliara must demonstrate is an awesome experience. I was astounded by this book. I re-read it so many times I practically know it by heart. Read it! It's sooo COOL!!!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heroine borders on rediculous too often January 16, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a bit shocked by the rave reviews for this book (originally 2 books merged into 1). The story tells the tale of Mel - a young, poor, tomboy of a noble who gets swept up into the bigger world when the evil King sets his sights on her little corner of the world. Eventually she makes her way to court where she strives to overcome her ignorance and succeed in the complex web of relationships that make up the court. Sounds promising, yes?

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CCD obsessed August 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't really see a point in describing Crown Duel and Court Duel since other people already have, and I'm always afraid I'll spoil something. But anyway, Crown Duel is the best book I've ever read! And I read all the time! lol. Seriously though, this is the best book ever. I couldn't even decide which part was better. Court Duel has the best romance in it I've ever read. It's not in your face like it is in other books, but its subtly woven into the plot to make it so much sweeter and perfect! I love all the characters in this book and reread it all the time! I can't get over how good it is! I only wish I could give it a 1000 stars! I hope everyone will read it! The only bad thing that would come of you reading this is becoming an obsessed freak like me! ..Thats not a bad thing though! Just do me a favor and read this book! And spread the word! You're seriously depriving yourself if you don't read this! Weelll ok bye!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Years after reading this for the first time, I keep coming back to it.
Great fantasy story for young adult readers, with a barefoot countess, an evil king, a handsome prince who may or may not be a good guy, magic creatures, a civil war, plenty of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by kabama
3.0 out of 5 stars I really
Like this book but I haven't read it yet so yeah. The crown duel everyone. Thank you very very much
Published 21 days ago by aes74
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Young adult fantasy about a rebellion against a corrupt king, and then the aftermath including the fashioning of a new and better court. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J-Boo
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying!
well-written (and I don't say that lightly) and with a delightful plot. thoroughly enjoyed every word. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel R. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatably imperfect characters
I first read this book as a teenager years ago. I now pick it up when I'm feeling nostalgic and in need of an old friend and a happy ending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars My 13 year old daughter loved it - it is her favourite book!
My daughter loved this book even more than the Percy Jackson series, Twilight, Infernal Devices, Hunger Games and Divergent series et al.
Published 4 months ago by Josephine and Matthew Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but at times painful
The story was fun, especially the final result of the second book. But at times the main character is painfully obtuse. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lily Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Combination of Books 1 & 2 in the Crown and Court Series
This book is a combination of Books 1 and 2 in the Crown and Court series: Crown Duel and Court Duel. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Bothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!!!!!
** spoiler alert ** One of my all time favorite books. The last few chapters fall out because I have read it so often. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bertanini
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Crown Duel Version
I love this book (period). However, on top of just being a great book, I really appreciated some of the kindle editions extra content, such as the excerpts from our hero's point... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mailee A Pyper
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