Inda (Inda #1)
Likewise hard to follow,...more
Here's the rub: I still want to read the next one in the series. A cast of hundreds of points of view, a meandering plot that seemed to jump forward at a ridiculous pace, then slow down just as fast, as if the entire novel is one giant montage. Worked fo...more
A little long and a tad slow, but because of the complexity of story and characters and the huge world building.
Worth the effort.
Inda is the first of four novels in the series of the same name by American author Sherwood Smith. It tells the story of the titular young noble, Inda, in a time of war and crisis in the world of Sartorias-Deles, a setting for a number of her other works. It establishes the background and history of the world for the chronologically later but earlier written works.
A rich and robust world
On her website, Smith reveals that she’s been writing in the world of...more
I am not at all a fan of fantasy authors who throw a bunch of made-up terms at you in the beginning of their novels, forcing you to 'sink or swim', memorize these terms or be confused for the rest of the book. Yes, there's a short glossary in the back, but I really don't want to be thrown out of the flow...more
The only problem is that I think Smith is a little immune to how difficult her character names are to deal with. The main characters all have names y...more
I've read other stuff by Sherwood Smith that was more girl- and adolescent-oriented. Crown Duel is what started me on her stuff. This series has a different feel. The storytelling is slower to really get into the epic scope, and it's less romanticized. As a bildungsroman, it's not bad, but there's something that's missing in Inda's younger characterization -- some solid insight into his character. For some reason I didn't really care about him (in fact, he kind of bored me) until he encountered...more
This series is a fan...more
In essence, this is a setup book, which introduces the reader to Inda and a motley cast of friends as they are sent to war college as young boys. They've been training with each other and the girls at home (boys defend the land, girls defend the main castle) with games and such, but for the first time in history, the second sons of the ruling families hav...more
Each character had a nickname, a title, another title, and all of these frequently changed. The titles were often very similar, adding to my difficu...more
But things don't go that way. (Well if they had of course we wouldn't have had a story.) Politics and family collide here for our protagonist as they do for every other character.
Inda suddenly gets sent to a school for warriors/knig...more
Sometimes I like long books and like it when they have a continuation, for instance "Wizard's First Rule", so those can't be the only reasons I couldn't get to enjoy this b...more
The series is apparently one long story arc, and the book is completely open ended. The first half is hard to put down. Inda, Tdor, and Sponge are especially interesting characters. The pacing and focus changes somewhat in part 2.
I would usually avoid such an open ended volume, but...more
I have to admit to having a hard time keeping track of the names and nick names and who was who but by the end of the book I think I got it all figured out.
Our main character is a nice blend of smarts and cluelessness with a great supporting cast of peers and grown ups who hinder or help him grow up.
This is a great character book with substance and plenty of room to grow and I hope the rest of...more
What I liked
1. Reminds me of a fantasy version of Ender's Game (Another favorite)
2. The character development. The motivations behind the actions of many of the initial "bad guys" are later revealed. And while I still can't stand a few ( I'm looking at you Sierandael and Sierlaef), I feel like I understand them.
3. It's definitely a page turner
4. The courage and strength of all the characters. No cowards here.
5. The casual, everyday us...more
Elements I adore: intricate worldbuilding, culture clashes, different languages, fish out of water scenarios, pirates, politics, royalty, women being amazing, and playing with gender/sexuality.
Off to start The Fox now!
However, it is still a good book on its own, and made even better by its sequel The Fox.
*Sherwood Smith has written some pretty fantastic stuff, and this isn't quite up to what I thought it would be, is all.
I am reminded of Tamora Pierce in a good way. Probably more romantic/relationship oriented than...more
I'm not going to rate books--there are too many variables. I'd rather talk about the reading experience. My 'reviews' of my books are confined to the writing process.