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

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.

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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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The Devil is a gentleman, and asks you down to stay
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,
Or fish for Father Neptune with the mermaids for a bait;
He scaled amid the staggering stars that precipice, the sky,
And blew his trumpet above heaven, and got by mastery
The starry crown of God Himself, and shoved it on the shelf;
But the Devil is a gentleman, and doesn't brag himself.

O blind your eyes and break your heart and hack your hand away,
And lose your love and shave your head; but do not go to stay
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Sherwood Smith Steve wrote: "Thanks Sherwood, for accepting my friend request.

Steve"


Looking forward to your reviews!


Sherwood Smith Thanks!


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Ariana Thanks for adding me back! :)


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.)


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:


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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 Looking forward to yours as well!


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


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


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 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!


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 Hey, thank YOU! :-)


blondie ♡ 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 :)


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