Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blog Tour: Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Welcome to the blog tour for Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott! This novel is the sequel to Court of Fives, and it is a really great sequel. Check out my thoughts below, and enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott
Book Two of the Court of Fives trilogy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives—the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons in her embattled kingdom. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on Jes's traveling party puts her at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos—the prince she still loves—is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion...She must become a warrior.

My review:

I really liked this sequel! Possibly even more than I liked Court of Fives, and I really liked Court of Fives. Jes is a heroine to root for, and she seems to get more fierce and brave and clever as the series goes on. I loved seeing her get bolder, and more comfortable with herself, and how she embraces everything that she is.

I liked the romance, even though it was sparse for most of the book. There is some angst in the beginning, and it almost feels like the romance will disappear altogether. But the romance picks back up about three-fourths into the story, and I liked how things tied together at the end. Kal is definitely on my list of book boyfriends!

There is so much political craziness, and war, and scheming. This story is very exciting, with never a dull moment. While book one seemed to be more about the Fives, book two seemed to put the Fives a little more to the side (yet still very present), and put the war in the forefront.

Overall, this book was excellent. It definitely did not suffer from the dreaded sequel slump, and I was impressed with the writing and the direction of the story. I'm excited to read book three! August 2017 is entirely too far away.

(Read my full thoughts HERE.)

Check out the rest of the series:


(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads!)

About the Author:

Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. As a child in rural Oregon, she made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and YA, including recent works Black Wolves, Court of Fives, and Cold Magic. 

It should come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight. When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures amid dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling. With the three children out of the house, they now spoil the schnauzer. 

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The Giveaway:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of POISONED BLADE, US Only.

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Follow the tour:

Week One
8/8/2016- Interview
8/9/2016- Sarcasm & Lemons- Review
8/10/2016- Such a Novel Idea- Guest Post
8/11/2016- The Eater of Books!- Review
8/12/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two
8/15/2016- Fiction Fare- Review
8/16/2016- Dark Faerie Tales- Guest Post
8/17/2016- YaReads- Review
8/18/2016- Once Upon a Twilight- Interview
8/19/2016- Just Commonly- Review


  1. Hmmmm, sounds like I might just HAVE to end up giving this series a try after all! Maybe once it is completed!
    Great review Alyssa!

    1. LOL! Binge-reading the series sounds smart - the author could go in several different directions in the final book. So we'll see! Thank you, Pili. <3

  2. I still haven't read Court of Fives but it sounds like that should change soon, it seems like there is a lot going on in this series!

    1. It's a fun (and nail-biting) series for sure!

  3. I want to read this series so much! these books sound amazing! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I actually have Court of Fives but haven't read it yet. I will have to start it soon! Thanks for the chance! :)

    1. You should! There is only one more book in the series, after this one. :D

  5. Lovely blog tour post Alyssa :D Yay for enjoying these books a bunch. <3 Not really for me. But they do look pretty interesting :D


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