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Editorial Reviews

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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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1997 Sherwood Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Angelee R. on 09-01-16

Do they listen before publishing?

First off know that I really enjoy Sherwood Smith's books, but I couldn't make it past 30 minutes with this narrator. It was like listening to a 3rd grader stumbling through a book. Read 3 words...pause...another 3...pause. There was no fluidity or rhythm to anything she read. I'm going to give up and read the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 03-19-15

Great story, mediocre narration

I loved the story! Though I generally like Emma Galvin's narration, she was not at her best with this one. Too many awkward pauses in the middle of phrases, stilted reading of the old fashioned language. The story was good enough to make up for it, but I'd have loved to hear this done by a narrator (or producer) with more passion for putting out the best product. It seemed like the recording was done in too much of a hurry for it to be smooth.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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