Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Review: Buried Heart by Kate Elliott

Buried Heart
Author: Kate Elliott
Series: Court of Fives (Book 3)
Publication: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 25, 2017)

Choose between your parents.
Choose between your friends.
Choose between your lovers.
Choose who you are.

On the run from the murderous King Nikonos, Jessamy must find a way for her beloved Kalliarkos to take his rightful place on the throne. Only then can he end the oppression of the Commoners by their long time Patron overlords. But Kal's rise to power is fraught with manipulation and shocking decisions that make Jes question everything they promised each other. As their relationship frays and Jes's family and friends beg her for help, will she cast Kal and her Patron heritage aside? Will she finally join--even lead--the rebellion that had been burning among the Commoners for years?

This heart-pounding finale of World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's Court of Five series forces Jessamy to confront an inescapable truth: with or without her, the revolution has begun.

My Thoughts: BURIED HEART was a good conclusion to the Court of Fives trilogy. Jessamy is torn between her Seroese father and her Afean mother in a culture ruled by the Seroese. As a mixed blood person, she is not accepted in the Seroese culture except that she is an excellent player in the game of fives which obsesses Patron and Commoner alike. She is also beloved of Kalliarkos who is very closely related the the rulers of the country which doesn't endear her to either group of people.

She needs to decide where her loyalties lie since she knows that there is a revolution brewing among the Commoners and lots of intrigue among the Patrons will have an impact on Kalliarkos. Since she was instrumental in freeing her mother, her siblings, and their servants from being entombed alive with a dead Patron by Lord Gargaron, she is in extreme danger. When Lord Gargaron captures her and stuffs her in a barrel (which hits just about all of my panic buttons), he forces her to help him woo armies from other countries that he wants to help him take control of the country. He puts Jessamy in a isolated mining prison to keep her until he needs her again. This is where she really becomes a revolutionary for Efea as she coordinates a prison takeover and escape.

The story has interesting revelations, lots of battles, lots of plotting, and a nice romance. Fans of epic fantasy will enjoy this whole trilogy.

Favorite Quote:
She can't disguise the fear in her voice: She's not sure if my loyalties lie with her or with Father. With Efea or with  Efea's Saroese rulers. The truth is, for all my bold words, I'm not sure either.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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