Banner of the Damnedby Sherwood Smith
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF/b>/i>/i>
Standalone novel of Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • follow-up to acclaimed military fantasy Inda series • courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF Signal
Emras is the most diligent of students, and she wants nothing more than to become royal scribe for the intelligent and beautiful Princess Lasva. And Emras gets her wish.
But life becomes complicated in ways she could never have foreseen. For though Emras adores the princess, she has been charged with a secret mission for the queen: to search her new home for signs of the evil magical influence of Norsunder—a kingdom once thought legendary, but now known to be real. Emras knows nothing of magic, but finds a knowledgeable and willing tutor in the barbaric land of Marloven Hesea.
Was the queen right? Is there a connection between Norsunder and Marloven Hesea? And if Emras was acting on orders from her queen, why is she now on trial?
"A damned good book.... A compelling protagonist with a vivid voice, a master's control of pacing and tension." —Tor.com
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... The cavalry battles, hand-to-hand strategy sessions, the aftermaths of battles, these scenes in Banner of the Damned roll across the page with effortless mastery.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF Signal
"A magical tale of political intrigue and romantic entanglements...vividly realized and entertaining." —Publishers Weekly
"A frequently thrilling tale, full of adventure, romance, and magic, a charming mix of everyday details and epic overtones." —Locus
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- 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.90(d)
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She’s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She’s the author of the high fantasy Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net.
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Banner of the Damned is a perfect example of why Sherwood Smith is a genius. The world of Sartorias-deles that she has created is rich in history and detail. This book ties together so many threads from her previous stories (Inda, Crown Duel, Senrid, A Stranger to Command) that you can't help but be amazed by her skill as a world-builder and storyteller.
Banner of the Damned is a well written novel from Sherwood Smith, and the main character is engaging and likable at first. However, I felt that plot got bogged down in minutiae of court life and studies. I almost felt like I was forcing myself to finish it on occasion, though it does finish with a flourish - setting itself up well for a sequel. I would probably read a sequel, but this is not anywhere near the top of my must re-read list.