Inda (Inda #1)
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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
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
One thing that this book does excellently is craft a unique, complex yet intriguing world. In this world we have mult ...more
Also this series feels a lot like Robin Hobb's Soldier and Son Trilogy in the premise, especially the 1st book, Shaman's Crossing, which a lot of people ...more
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
Dislikes: Overly confusing names, vast time span and what was happening simultaneously in other parts of the Kingdom (even though it was fun to see Inda grow from a boy to a man!), some tedious/lagging sections on ship terms and battles.
Likes: The well-developed characters, the various histories of the ruling families, exploration of Homosexuality, pirate life, adventures at sea, and the super cool fighting technique the women utilized- the Odni.
I have conflicting thoughts on this ...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
A little long and a tad slow, but because of the complexity of story and characters and the huge world building.
Worth the effort.
Initially it felt like a story I've read a dozen times: new student at a rough-and-tumble military academy with traditions of hazing that older privileged students are taking too far. A well-done version of it, but still nothing new. Things do eventually take a sharp turn towards the original, and when it does, the series really takes off. Sherwood doesn't pull any punches, and more than a fair few landed. Hard.
The entire book, whi ...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 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
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
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.