A Stranger to Command (Crown & Court 0.5)
In this much-anticipated prequel to CROWN DUEL, Vidanric Renselaeus, fifteen-year-old Marquis of Shevraeth, finds himself sent across the continent to a military academy in Marloven Hess, a kingdom known for its violent history. Vidanric is used to civilized life in pleasant Remalna--except that the evidence is increasingly clear that the civilizatio...more
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Somehow, I can read this story of said isolated protagonist - no friends, really, even after years in the school; nothing more than friendly acquaintances - and yet I can find ...more
I love prequels. I love the narrative naivete that has the characters saying things where the reader knows what's going to happen but the characters don't. I love getting a different pe ...more
This review is not for Sherwood fans (who will read and love this book regardless), but for anyone looking for a book which will contribute something to their lives. It will be very hard to write it without sounding over-enthusiastic in my praise. Please remember that whatever else I say, this book is both down to earth and highly entertaining.
Don’t be discouraged if the plot appears narrow at first: in a time that feels medieval a fifteen year old boy attends a foreign military command school. ...more
Its world-building was particularly intriguing, if light, ...more
This book is, by far, my favorite of those I've listened to by this author. The fantastic narration is a big factor. Fred Berman has a voice that can seamlessly move between young and old voices, as well as male and female. I liked how the bulk of the narration was done with an American accent and then when Vidranic was speaking or the letters between him and his family were reference it was with a different accent.
Anyway, this is a character driven story of a young man, thrus ...more
When I FINALLY got the book, it took me about 2 days to read it, despite the fact that it's 476 pages and I had to work. Couldn't put it down. Although I'm not sure how much that has to do with the fact that I really loved the Vidanric character from CD. I really enjoyed seeing Vidanric's dev ...more
A child is sent into a foreign and militaristic world. He encounters kindness, bullies, and seemingly arbitrary rules. He is smart enough to learn how to work the system and innovate within it.
They key difference is that unlike Ender, Vidanric/Shaveraeth achieves his goals through kindness. He still builds community, but it is based on respect instead of a combination of respect and fear.
Ender's Game meant a lot to me as a very bright kid who felt alone, bu ...more
I like the promise that Elestra has Vidanric make and then she says that she and Alaric have to practice it as well.
Vidanric is trying to come to an understanding of authority, Civilization. Kingship. Command. Duty. Love. Right and wrong. It really is a growing up/ maturing/ coming-of-age tale for him. (He has a little D-Y. He can pick up ...more
A) He looks vapid
B) He doesn't look anything like I pictured Vidanric
C) My mom said he looked like he was in his undershirt
D) I am very sure that they could have found a better looking guy
All that said, I still loved this book. I don't know why I liked it so much, but I did. I will not be able to write a review worthy of this book, so I am going to keep it nice and short. At the end, I felt like I wanted more. There were so many questions running through my hea ...more
The world-building was excellent. The clash of unique cultures--Remalna manners against ...more
To be honest I'm not sure why she's publishing with this publisher. Why?
1. I feel like the editing isn't that great. Basically, it's like what I've heard about cutting gems out of rocks, the gem is hidden and it takes work to reveal it and set it off to its best advantage. I feel like there is a good story in this book, but it's hidden by a ...more
Fifteen-year-old Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, has been sent from his home in Remalna to a military academy in Marloven Hess in order to escape political unrest at home, where the king is increasingly out of control. In Marloven Hess, Vidanric must learn and accept many new things: a new name (the Marlovens assume his title, Shevraeth, is ...more
I loved the way Vidanric is painted and develops over the story. Then when you read the next two books so many of his actions have a rich background full of intrigue.
I re-read Crown Duel and Court Duel and loved them even more with this fascinating background in my mind.
I have always wondered how Sherwood Smith's various series related to each other and had not found the answer on ...more
"Honestly, A Stranger To Command is totally one of my favorite books of all time right now! I love it! Plus it makes a really fun and great re-read, too!
It also has a strongly prominent more serious side to it, which I thought was very well done, and which I quite liked. A Stranger To Command is one of the most brilliant and deeply moving books I have ever read. I have often heard that each book we read leaves its own individual mark upon our ...more
-As always, Sherwood Smith’s world is incredibly detailed and easy to fall in to. She has a wonderf ...more
I love Crown Duel and it's in my list of favorites. Vidanric is also in my list of fictional guy crushes. I loved that Sherwood wrote Crown Duel outtakes, which involved certain scenes told from the point of view of Vidanric (these are included in the e-book version, which can be purchased here). Vidanric was so aloof for the most of Crown Duel so it was refreshing to see his side of the story. A Stranger to Com ...more
My intrest in reading this book though wasn’t really to see Vindanric as a teen (though i would love to read Crown Duel entirely in his point of view!) but to see how much Marloven Hess changed from the Inda Series. And it was pretty cool, you get a more in depth vie ...more
It's a right of passage novel, particularly interesting for taking another look at the Marlovan Academy which has evolved, but in some ways hardly chang ...more
That, in my eyes, is the mark of a good book: you enjoy it so much, you want to start over with the books that first introduced you to the character.
Next up, continuing th ...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.