Acclaimed Inda series within Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • Military fantasy woven with courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters
Inda was the second son of the prince and princess of Choraed Elgaer. It had been Inda's fate, as second son, to be his family's Shield Arm and spend his adult life protecting the lands his brother would one day inherit.
But powerful factions in the royal court were committed to seeing Inda fail. For eight difficult years, Inda had been at sea, using an assumed name and forcing himself to never think of all he had lost. And he had created a new life, for the military skills that had been trained into him and his own inborn leadership ability could not be erased. After founding a mercenary marine company, he had earned a reputation for defeating dangerous pirate fleets.
When Inda discovers that his home country is about to be attacked from the sea by an ancient enemy, he throws his carefully guarded anonymity to the winds and returns home. After nearly a decade at sea, Inda finds his home utterly changed. His good friend Evred, the formerly powerless and harassed younger prince, iss now king. Evred has heard of Inda's martial accomplishments at sea, and is determined to make Inda his Royal Shield Arm—the person in charge of defending the entire kingdom.
Though Inda is skilled, his experience is entirely naval. Can a former pirate captain alter his tactics to become a successful ground commander in time to save his endangered homeland?
About the Author
Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She’s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She’s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net.
Praise for the Inda series:
“The complexity and depth and inventiveness that mark a first-rate fantasy novel.... This is the mark of a major work of fiction.... You owe it to yourself to read Inda.” —Orson Scott Card, New York Times-bestselling author of Ender's Game
“Everything you want from a fantasy series—an interesting, fully developed world with several languages, environments, and cultures, a complex but not confusing plotline with a number of unexpected twists, really well-written action scenes, and above all, characters whose lives you follow and whose fates you care about.” —Diana L. Paxson, bestselling author of Sword of Avalon
“Smith deftly stage-manages the wide-ranging plots with brisk pacing, spare yet complex characterizations, and a narrative that balances sweeping action and uneasy intimacy.” —Publishers Weekly
“Pirates and plotters fill this swashbuckling sequel to Inda.... It’s full of action, adventure, and delightful larger-than-life characters.” —Locus
“All of the characters spring to life.... Smith’s rich details and imagery tie this story together. Complex and compelling.” —San Jose Mercury News
“[The] beautifully structuredInda series [comes] to a resounding conclusion.” —Strange Horizons
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF Signal