(From the publisher):
It begins in a cold and shabby tower room, where 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, a war that threatens the homes and lives of the very people they are trying to protect.
But war is simple compared to what follows, when the bloody fighting is done and a fragile peace is at hand. Although she wants to turn her back on politics and the crown, Meliara is summoned to the royal palace. There, she soon discovers, 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 wit and words and secret alliances. In war, at least, she knew whom she could trust. Now she can trust no one...
This Firebird edition of Crown Duel contains both Crown Duel and Court Duel, originally published seperately in hardcover. It also contains a short story by Sherwood Smith, set in the same world.
Original title: Crown Duel
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Worlds
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