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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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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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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

By Amazon Customer on 10-05-16

love this book, not really the narrator

So I've read this book probably 10 to 15 times and I was excited to see it on Audible. I clearly love the story and I can't say enough about it. However the narrator told the story in a style that didn't work for me. She Americanized the pronunciation of Marquis (instead of Mar-key she pronounced it as Mar-quiss) which drove me crazy the entire book. and she talks very slow. These are preference things and I could work around the talking very slow by speeding up the book (I recommend x1.25). So overall I'd say give this book a shot

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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