Inda (Inda #1)
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
Likewise hard to follow,...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
Competency: The Most Dangerous Game
I'm not normally one for a lot of political intrigue, but this book won me over. Alongside the complicated politics that drive the plot, we're drawn through it all by the struggles of a number of children growing up and coming of age. Also, there are pirates. Eventually.
The cast is wide and the politics are intricate and sometimes confusing. But for all that it's a politically interwoven work, it's navigable. With clever use of shifting third person persp...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
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
I do agree with them, however, that the jumping from one persons point of view to another at random is annoying. A...more
I was not disappointed.
I expected a lighter faster read, what I got was a richly layered, fully realised world with a child protagonist covering about seven years of Inda's life from 10 – 17. Set in Iasca Leror, a land conquered some years earlier by the warlike Marlovans the s...more
She returns to the Marlovan war academy, not sure how it relates to the time period depicted in Crown Duel or Posse of Princesses (or...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
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.
Inda (his actual name is Indevan-Dal) is the second son of a noble family. Sounds terribly cliché, I know. Inda’s lot in li...more
All in all, annoying and from an author whose other books are lovely for being light and fluffy. But...I couldn't put it down, I feel like pulling out my eyeballs for dorkiness, but I care about the cha...more
I think Smith is a good writer who juggles a variety of points of view well, as well as an intense, well written world with a degree of mystery to it--the magic, and the lack of it--as we...more
The one complaint I would have about this book concerns the author's (and the publisher's?) apparent assumption, within the first third of the book in particular, that we had read some (nonexisting!) previous novel(s) in the series. This made it relatively difficult to get through...more
THe plot is original enough to make me want to find out what happens next. Inda is not on par with FitzChivalry Farseer, but he's a likable enough main characte...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.