King's Shield (Inda Series #3)

King's Shield (Inda Series #3)

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by Sherwood Smith
     
 

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Acclaimed Inda series within Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • Military fantasy woven with courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters

Inda was the second son of the prince and princess of Choraed Elgaer. It had been Inda's fate, as second son, to be his family's Shield

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Acclaimed Inda series within Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • Military fantasy woven with courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters

Inda was the second son of the prince and princess of Choraed Elgaer. It had been Inda's fate, as second son, to be his family's Shield Arm and spend his adult life protecting the lands his brother would one day inherit. 

But powerful factions in the royal court were committed to seeing Inda fail. For eight difficult years, Inda had been at sea, using an assumed name and forcing himself to never think of all he had lost. And he had created a new life, for the military skills that had been trained into him and his own inborn leadership ability could not be erased. After founding a mercenary marine company, he had earned a reputation for defeating dangerous pirate fleets.

When Inda discovers that his home country is about to be attacked from the sea by an ancient enemy, he throws his carefully guarded anonymity to the winds and returns home. After nearly a decade at sea, Inda finds his home utterly changed. His good friend Evred, the formerly powerless and harassed younger prince, iss now king. Evred has heard of Inda's martial accomplishments at sea, and is determined to make Inda his Royal Shield Arm—the person in charge of defending the entire kingdom.

Though Inda is skilled, his experience is entirely naval. Can a former pirate captain alter his tactics to become a successful ground commander in time to save his endangered homeland?

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Inda series:
 
“Smith deftly stage-manages the wide-ranging plots with brisk pacing, spare yet complex characterizations, and a narrative that balances sweeping action and uneasy intimacy.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Pirates and plotters fill this swashbuckling sequel to Inda.... It’s full of action, adventure, and delightful larger-than-life characters.” —Locus
 
“All of the characters spring to life.... Smith’s rich details and imagery tie this story together. Complex and compelling.” —San Jose Mercury News
 
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF Signal
 
Everything you want from a fantasy series—an interesting, fully developed world with several languages, environments, and cultures, a complex but not confusing plotline with a number of unexpected twists, really well-written action scenes, and above all, characters whose lives you follow and whose fates you care about.” —Diana L. Paxson, bestselling author of Sword of Avalon
 
“[The] beautifully structured Inda series [comes] to a resounding conclusion.” —Strange Horizons
 
“The complexity and depth and inventiveness that mark a first-rate fantasy novel.... This is the mark of a major work of fiction.... You owe it to yourself to read Inda.” —Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card
The world creation and characterization within Inda have the complexity and depth and inventiveness that mark a first-rate fantasy novel... This is the mark of a major work of fiction...you owe it to yourself to read Inda.
San Jose Mercury News
Intricate and real...Filled with magic and glamour...Characters spring to life with humor... Complex and compelling.
Locus
Many fans of old-fashioned adventure will find this rousing mix of royal intrigue, academy shenanigans, and sea story worth the effort.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756405625
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Series:
Inda Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
302,463
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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 History of 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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King's Shield (Inda Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Shadowdragon More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I could read 3 books as long as this series, but not only does Sherwood Smith keep you guessing at every turn, she writes in a way that leaves you staying up at night doing nothing but thinking about the characters and how you would react if you were them. This is the first time in a very long time that i read a book this big in three days or less for each, HIGHLY recommended, this is definitely a series worth reading more than once...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of Shostakovic's Eleventh Symphony. It begins slowly, weaving the themes, then builds inexorably to a gripping, crashing climax. It's impossible to predict where these books are going, as no one behaves like conventional heroes and villains. That is not to say that there is no moral explication. On the contrary. All the main characters struggle with questions of morality, from personal lives to the effects of war.
LWH78 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, great series. I loaned out the series, never got it back. Went to reread: replace on ebook. When I tried to replace it the first 2 volumes were fine, and the fourth is available, but the third volume, this one, SUPRISE! it is not available at barnes and noble, but it is on amazon and the sony. I could read it in those formats on my laptop, but I really wanted it or my nook. I hate amazon because of there exclusivity deals. Is this one of those problems?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series was my first introduction to Sherwood Smith. So far, it is a gratifying experience. Many authors aren't able to sustain the reader's interest through an entire series. That isn't the case here. Ms. Smith has created a complex world with original (to me) social customs and it all works. What I like best is the complicated plot where no one is safe and where I haven't any idea of how it is going to turn out though I can see some unpleasant possibilities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inda left in self imposed exile as a preadolescent to preclude a monarchy crisis. In the nine years of his absence, his friend Evred became the King instead of Inda¿s older brother who was murdered and married to Inda¿s sister Hadand. Meanwhile Inda learned naval warfare while spending time with prates and has become a military hero after winning a major sea battle.------------ Inda accompanied by his beloved Dag Signi, a Venn sorceress, comes home to warn his ruling family that the Venn plan to invade. He is stunned to find Evred as the ruler, but also shocked that he is the heir to Choraed Elgaer and must marry his childhood friend Tdor both have loved one another, but he also is committed to Signi. However, working through his feelings and what is good for his people are on hold as Evred asks Inda to lead their army. Though a naval expert, Inda agrees even if he feels like a fish out of water.------------- The third Inda military fantasy (see INDA and THE FOX) is a fabulous thriller, which ironically takes an anti-war stand as Edwin Starr¿s song War asks 'what is it good for?¿ Signi answers with her scornful legalized murder argument. The vivid story line is fast-paced even when chapters are devoted to preparation as Sherwood Smith also responds to the question ¿What is it good for?¿ with a resounding 'absolutely nothing¿. This is an excellent military fantasy that pulls no punches in openly describing the horrors of war on everyone not hiding the consequences from her readers.----------------- Harriet Klausner
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