Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Approx. 163,680 words.
Published on February 7, 2010 by
Book View Cafe.
Meliara and her brother vow to free Remalna from an evil king. War is tougher than it seemed. When Meliara is caught by the enemy commander, the elegant Marquis, it’s escape or die. Afterward, Meliara faces a tougher challenge: the battlefield is no longer mud and steel, but palaces, the weapons manners and fans. Toughest of all is courtship, when the one who catches her heart is an enemy.