Literature: Crown Duel

A High Fantasy novel by Sherwood Smith consisting of two parts, Crown Duel and Court Duel. The story is set in the kingdom of Remalna, where the people's agreement with the Hill Folk to not cut down trees or burn wood has altered the standard Medieval European Fantasy setting.

In Crown Duel, Countess Meliara Astair of Tlanth 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.

In Court Duel, 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.

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