Acclaimed Inda series within Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • Military fantasy woven with courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters
After ten years of exile on the sea, Inda returned home to protect his country from attack by an ancient enemy. But he found his home utterly changed. His old classmate Evred, a formerly powerless younger prince, was not king—and made Inda is Royal Shield Arm, the leader of defense for his entire kingdom.
His country's enemy, the Venn, were planning the largest naval attack in history, and the first line of defense would be in a critically strategic strait to the north. Control of this strait had been contested for generations, often by war, and Inda would need strong allies to overcome the Venn. Even with these allies, Inda would be severely disadvantaged and outnumbered.
Could Inda, military genius but only one man, find a way to defeat the powerful navy of the Venn and bring peace to his battered homeland at last?
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