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I am a writer, but I'm here on Goodreads to talk about books, as I've been a passionate reader as long as I've been a writer--since early childhood.

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Sherwood Smith Coming up in two days is STRANGER, co-written with Rachel Manija Brown, a YA dystopia that is pretty different from the other dystopias out there. (We…moreComing up in two days is STRANGER, co-written with Rachel Manija Brown, a YA dystopia that is pretty different from the other dystopias out there. (We are busy at work on the three others in the series.)

In July, A SWORD NAMED TRUTH, from DAW, more in the Sartorias-deles world. It's the "other half" of A STRANGER TO COMMAND.

Working on that, its sequel, and also on LHIND THE SPY, which I'd like to release in March or so.

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Sherwood Smith Yes! I have been working intermittently on Slaymate (Ruli's story, which takes place in the interim of Revenant Eve) and also, the adventures that Kim…moreYes! I have been working intermittently on Slaymate (Ruli's story, which takes place in the interim of Revenant Eve) and also, the adventures that Kim and Alec get into as a married couple. Thank you for asking!(less)
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“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
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“The Aristocrat

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At his little place at What'sitsname (it isn't far away).
They say the sport is splendid; there is always something new,
And fairy scenes, and fearful feats that none but he can do;
He can shoot the feathered cherubs if they fly on the estate,
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He scaled amid the staggering stars that precipice, the sky,
And blew his trumpet above heaven, and got by mastery
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And that is the Blue Devil that once was the Blue Bird;
For the Devil is a gentleman, and doesn't keep his word.”
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lilly bear ♡ I just wanted you to know that Crown Duel is my absolute favourite book. It's always the first suggestion on my lips when someone asks for a recommendation. Thank you so much for writing something that is so dear to me :)

Sherwood Smith Hey, thank YOU! :-)

Maisoon Al-mahrouqi Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?

Sherwood Smith Maisoon wrote: "Thank you for accepting my request! Crown Duel is next on my Kindle To-Read list, a friend of mine recommended it to me.
I was wondering, do you read Terry Pratchett, author of the Diskworld series?"

I love Terry Pratchett!

Michael And good to see you. Your author photo looks positively badass; but then, you are, so fair enough.

I am always here in NYC! (Well, Brooklyn, but close enough.)

Sherwood Smith Well, I was 27 when that was taken--but it scrunched down well for the icon, so I thought, why not!

Dorothy Sherwood, thanks for accepting request :D
Looking forward to enjoying your books, have seen good reviews.

Sherwood Smith Looking forward to yours as well!

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Maria Freeman Hi, I am attempting to read all of your books and I was wondering if you had a suggested order in which I should try to read them. Thanks.

Sherwood Smith That's sort of complicated--the YA ones or the adult ones? In publication order or in time, if you mean the ones set on Sartorias deles? For the latter, there is a chart on my webpage showing where the SD ones fit together:

Sherwood Smith Thank you! (I don't know if you know this, or would care, but there are several scenes from Vidanric's point of view at the end of the e-book edition.)

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Ariana Thanks for adding me back! :)

Sherwood Smith Thanks!

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Steve Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.


Sherwood Smith Steve wrote: "Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.


Looking forward to your reviews!

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