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.
This audiobook edition of Sherwood Smith’s famous fantasy combines Crown Duel with its sequel, Court Duel, as the author originally intended. The result is an engrossing adventure of epic proportion, its two parts respectively following young Countess Meliara from blood-soaked battlefields to the peacetime political wranglings that define life in Remalna’s royal palace. Performer Emma Galvin personifies Meliara as she endures the death of her father, political revolt, and captivity, lending the countess a voice that is fittingly dour and hardened, while nevertheless sonorously regal. Galvin captures the old-world enchantment and alluring atmospherics that color Smith’s fantasy world of Sartorias-deles, while likewise betraying the heart-palpitating emotion and intrigue that propels Meliara’s plight.
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- Angelee R.
Great story, mediocre narration