King's Shield: Book Three of Inda

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"Indevan-Dal 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 - and since Inda was a true military prodigy, he enthusiastically embraced the fate that life seemed to have in store for him." "Although unequaled in military strategy among the boys his age, Inda was perilously naive regarding the intrigues and politics that surrounded the court of the king. And unfortunately for Inda,
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"Indevan-Dal 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 - and since Inda was a true military prodigy, he enthusiastically embraced the fate that life seemed to have in store for him." "Although unequaled in military strategy among the boys his age, Inda was perilously naive regarding the intrigues and politics that surrounded the court of the king. And unfortunately for Inda, there were powerful factions in the royal court that were equally committed to seeing him fail, and his entire noble family fall to ruin." "So, by the time he was eleven years old, Inda found himself implicated in the death of a classmate - a classmate whose life he had actually tried to save - and forced to make an impossible choice. He could perjure himself and admit complicity where none existed, thus compromising his honor, and possibly sparking a civil war between his father and the king, or he could simply ... disappear." "Smuggled to the coast by allies of his family, Inda was thrust from his home and all he had known, exiled to sea, and warned not to reveal his identity or even his nationality." "For eight difficult years he had been at sea, using an assumed name, forcing himself never to think of all he had lost. And he had created a successful new life, for the military skills that had been trained into him and his inborn leadership ability could not be erased. Inda had eventually founded his own mercenary marine company, dedicated to protecting merchant vessels from the marauding bands of pirates that plundered the waters. And bythe time he was nineteen, Inda had earned a reputation for defeating the most dangerous pirate fleet in history." "But when Inda discovered that his home country was about to be attacked from the sea by an ancient enemy, he threw his carefully guarded anonymity to the winds and returned home. Warning his homeland of an imminent attack was an honorable reason to end his exile, and he planned to throw himself on the king's mercy." "After nearly a decade at sea, Inda found his home utterly changed. The king, the crown prince, and most of the royal cabinet had been assassinated, and his old classmate Evred, the formerly powerless and harassed younger prince, was now king. Inda, overjoyed to see his good friend again, expected forgiveness and welcome - but Evred had bigger plans for Inda. For Evred had heard of Inda's martial accomplishments at sea, and was determined to make Inda his Royal Shield Arm - the person in charge of defending his entire kingdom." Though Inda was an accomplished military leader, his experience was exclusively naval - and it had been eight long years since he was trained in ground combat. Could a former pirate captain alter his tactics to become a successful ground commander in time to save his endangered homeland?
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756405625
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Inda Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 239,822
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Posted January 4, 2009

    Great read for all genre lovers

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Exponential complexity

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    The third Inda military fantasy (see INDA and THE FOX) is a fabulous thriller

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    an enthralling read

    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.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Excellent book, great series. I loaned out the series, never got

    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?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Ugh!

    I could not even finish this book! All respect to Ms. Smith but after two hundred pages of Evred pining over Inda, I just had to put this one down. I have every confidence in Ms. Smith's abhorrence for war and even agree with her. I do not agree with Ms. Smith that Evred's feelings for Inda should be SO overwhelming to be in page after page. Please, I just think that the character should have more on his mind!

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