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The Fox

(Inda #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,441 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Attending the King's Military Academy had been Inda's greatest dream. But Academy reality is far from what he'd imagined-for by defending the second son of the king, Inda becomes embroiled in a vicious political struggle among the nobility that he has no hope of winning.
But these petty squabbles are only a faint shadow of what is to come. His future holds betrayals he ca
Hardcover, 691 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Daw Books
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Mayim de Vries
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Civilisation is not made by single great events. Civilisation is a net, made up of moral choices. Bad ones tear the net… If I am not allowed to be a maker, at least I can rid the world of the tearers, can’t I?

When compared with this beauty, the majority of contemporary YA fantasy look like ugly ducklings.

It all starts simply enough and Inda goes pirate. My biggest concern was that I won’t remember all the names and places and connections (and there are so many of those!), especially that I have
Scott  Hitchcock
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Book 1: 4*
Book 2: 4.25*

Great continuation of book one. I definitely have my favorites in this story and cannot wait to get back to their POVs. I love how the author keeps everything about the story no matter if on land or sea. The setting enhances the story it doesn't distract from it. A lot of books about ships, be they space, water, air or whatever, the authors tend to get too fixated on the operations of the craft. Smith balances this perfectly.

I also have to credit the author with artfully
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay, so, not a real review, because I want to try to review the first, and attempt to deal with just why these books are so OMNOMNOMNOM. BUT.

I cannot believe that the internet has not informed me about the existence of books in which NO ONE POOPS.

I mean, I've read plenty of books in which no one poops, because the author doesn't feel the need to deal with it, but that's not what what I mean; in the world of these books, there is magic known as "waste spells" for cleaning up effluent. But charac
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
The second book was just as good as the first, and maybe even slightly better. Inda continues to be an amazing main character and is becoming one of my favorites in fantasy literature. His story continues to enthrall, and it's beautifully surrounded by 3-D characters. There are no cardboard cutouts here!

We get a little more insight into the Venn and their government/desires/plans in this installment and a nice little surprise at the end.

On to the next!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inda was a big surprise for me, since I don't often hand out five stars, and The Fox neatly follows on and is another wonderful read. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot, since many of you might not have read Inda. If you're a fantasy fan and like the idea of a military academy, a bunch of loyal and fierce friends, all bundled with a ton of political intrigue on an epic scale, do yourself a favour and give Inda a try.

It's not an easy read. There's endless world building, lots of names to
Sherwood Smith
May 05, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Part of a long arc, thinking about consequences of actions as well as consequences of emotional verities.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We follow Inda as he starts his sea journey. In the meantime, there are things going back home.

Again, we see a fundamental facet of Inda's character: his ability to draw and inspire loyalty in people. It means that Jeje attempts to rescue Inda the first time Inda is taken hostage. It results in Inda being able to form his own marines. This loyaty means that, back in Marlovan Empire, Evred still looks for a way to clear Inda's name, and that Evred's friends (the Sier-Danas) remain loyal to the id
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fab-15, summer-15
Ah, it was so much fun to dive back into this world again – I thought I could just save this for late-night pleasure reading, but it wouldn’t be denied and ended up demanding all of my reading attention all day long. It’s a grand adventure, where you just keep turning the page, desperate to know what’s going to happen next, with fully drawn characters that you take to your heart, and a political system that is just odd enough to be fascinating. An absolutely grand adventure – sheer fun! I do enj ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was good, but since thanks to life, the universe, and everything conspiring against me, it took me almost two months to read it. That sort of pacing doesn't lend itself to appreciating the finer points. That being said, I still enjoyed it, and this series is a great one for anyone looking for a fantasy book featuring pirates.

My chief critique is that it's afflicted with a moderate case of "Worldbuilder's Syndrome." Sherwood Smith, as I understand, has been developing this world since she wa
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Apparently this took me a whole month to re-read, and it's probably because I didn't want it to end. In my memory, this is my favorite of the "Inda" series, and it truly lived up to my remembered expectations. There's fewer characters and a lot more action in this book, with naval battles galore. I had forgotten some of the politics but I definitely remembered the intrigue. I still think Inda's gift of war strategy is the most interesting thing about this series. I am starting right away on the ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25/5 stars
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It's such a pleasure to run into a series that has such depth in its twists and turns, and have it be capable of truly surprising me and keeping me on the edge of my seat. There are so many moments in this book and the previous one where I assumed I knew where the narrative was going, only to have my expectations turned on their head by the simple fact that the characters are all so much more nuanced and multi-dimensional than we usually get. It started early with the discovery that one-time-sie ...more
Satya Prateek
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a pirate themed fantasy novel before Inda and The Fox but I can be pretty confident that few books will ever top this. The Fox is a much better book than the first one. The pacing is tighter, the damned dual (triple sometimes) language nonsense of the first book is gone making it much simpler to track who's who. There's less focus on the much present and one dimensional politicking present in the previous novel. And finally we get more of Inda being awesome as he comes up with pl ...more
Patti's Book Nook
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Full Review (spoiler free):

Brief Summary: Here's the biggest takeaway for me and advice for potential reader's of this series: Don't drive yourself crazy with the details. If you try to memorize everything you will drive yourself bonkers. Think big picture stuff unless you have a freakishly good memory (which sadly, I'm not blessed with). Know 1) who's fighting who, 2) the general location said fighting is occurring, and 3)outcome and implications. I felt
Darrell Drake
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like Inda, Smith does prose well. It isn't so ostentatious as to be some sort of literary fiction (like Nabokov or something), but it's got a thin purple veil here and there that I can really appreciate. It's comfortable and smooth.

While The Fox was a great read, I feel as if I would've gotten more out of it if there weren't so many maritime scenes. Don't get me wrong: they're well-written. Not particularly partial to the setting, so they get dull after a while. Just an issue of personal prefere
Matt S
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was a lot of fun to read and hard to put down. The beauty of this series is that it's such a great mix of adventure and political intrigue. The characters are excellent, especially as they've grown up, and the worldbuilding is well done - we get to explore new regions, each with its own style whether it be language, mannerisms, food, court, behavior, etc. Oh ya and politics.

I think the pacing was a bit better here compared to Inda. So many things happened in this book with twists and turns
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, quiltbag
These books are so brilliant and so beautiful it hurts. This being two of four it's difficult to write about it - there's so much of the story left, and the story all began in Inda. But I loved it. A lot. And I'm so eager to get the rest of the tale - and so frightened, too, because there's no guarantee any of the characters I have come to love so dearly will make it through. They definitely won't be unscathed, so the best I can hope for is alive. And happy. I know that's against all odds, but.. ...more
Jennifer Busick
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy/adventure buffs
Pirates! Swashing! Buckling! Murder! Intrigue! Courts in Session and Kings in Exile! Characters who really are deeper than puddles! Prose that doesn't make me cringe! Cultures that are definitely foreign, yet not incomprehensible! For the avid fantasy reader, this book has all of what you could want and none of what you don't -- to wit, the Same Old Same Old, kid-with-a-secret-destiny, collect-the-magic-coupons-defeat-the-evil-overlord plot.

My only complaint about this book is that I can't get
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unlike the first book, this one I could not put down once I started. It had many tropes that I love, and many characters & relationships that I'd liked in the first book (including some that were to my happy surprise still alive after all) got a lot more development and screentime. Especially in the first 3/4 the plot moved a lot faster than I expected - I expected the events at the end of part 1 at the end of the book at the earliest - but never to the detriment of the story.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
LOOOOOVE this book! It has a lot of the same elements that I loved from the first book, and Sherwood does a really good job of spinning the story out over years without it feeling compressed at all. Love seeing the characters growing up.

Onward to King's Shield!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 out of 5 stars.

The omniscient narrator POV continued to make reading this book a lot harder than it needed to be. I don't really appreciate it much because sometimes you have the same scene jumping from POV to POV constantly and it's annoying, especially in more action-oriented scenes. The characters are what draws me to this story, and what made me want to continue reading, even if it was a very slow read for me. More than the plotting itself, which meanders a bit too much at times, especia
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want the third book very badly, unlike the ending to Inda the ending to The Fox left me wanting King's Shield right now.

Seemed to be faster paced than Inda, and I rather liked the multiple points of view. Then again, I didn't read The Fox in one sitting like I did with Inda.
Aurora Dimitre
You know, I still can't get past the writing in this series. Hopefully in book three it'll be better, because that was basically the only thing holding me back from giving this five stars.

But I do love this series. I love the characters - even if there's a certain character who died in the first book (view spoiler) that I'm still refusing to accept is dead, and every time they mention him as dead I just sort of stick my fingers in my ears and go "la la la la" because no
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well then. What a book. Very close to 5 stars. Very close. Just one little thing annoyed me and since it's a fairly important part of the world, it reduced a really, really good book to 4.
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Jan 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of pirates, divided loyalties, and Tamara Pierce
An exile from his beloved homeland, Inda has become a feared pirate captain. He sets his crew to destroying first the bloodthirsty Brotherhood of Blood, then the Venn Empire, which is bent upon conquest. Back home, his bff Evered contends with internal plots and the uneasy responsibilities of a conquerer.

The adventure and plotting parts are thrilling, but once again Smith uses too many narrators, and switches between them too frequently. Plus, I have gotten sick of the various tricks Smith uses
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy 5 stars! Memorable characters: Inda, Jeje, Tau, Hadand, T'dor, Sponge, Nugget, Barend, Cherry-Stripe, Mutt, Joret, -and a host of others. The author's real strength is creating wonderful characterizations. The story and plot are very good, however, one gets the impression that she created other stories in this "world" - and, that one gets hints of nations and powers that are not explained here (specifically, the powers that control Ramis).
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any fantasy story lover
Both my partner and I are really enjoying this series. Hating the cliff-hanger endings, though! >.< Great characterization and action. The world-building is a little basic, but the characterization goes a long way to negating that.
Mark Oppenlander
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Fox may just be one of the most complex and fully realized middle chapters of a fantasy series I've ever read. It makes several unusual choices and in so doing stands out from other similar sequels.

The story picks up exactly where the previous book left off. Inda and his marines have been captured by pirates and he is standing on the deck of the ship, prepared for death or captivity. But as he has done all along the way, Inda finds a way to make a name for himself through his strategic capab
Mar 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Here's the deal -

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I think I convinced myself I WAS liking it until about the 3/4s way through before my brain stalled, stuttered, and it became a chore to finish.
I liked book 1 well enough but book 2 was just...painfully slow with a huge pacing issue that didn't help anything. Much like in "Inda" there isn't a climactic buildup over the course of the novel - instead everything of interest happens in the first 300 or so pages and the rest is a meanderi
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Another great book in this series. The book begins right where the last book ends. Inda and some of his crew are captive on pirate Walic's Coco. Fox warns Inda to "act stupid" so that he can stay alive. The crew slowly acclimate to life on a pirate ship until they get an opportunity to mutiny and take over the ship. Thus begins Inda's transformation into the notorious pirate hunter "Elgar Fox". Meanwhile, Evred's life is changing as well. He is given more responsibility and his brother an
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