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by Sherwood Smith

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SENRID is a story of swashbuckling boys and girls, royal stakes, mysterious villains, high adventure and strange magic, set in the universe of CROWN DUEL and INDA, in the tradition of Lloyd Alexander's WESTMARK and Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF.

Teen-aged king Leander Tlennen-Hess has barely ruled a year when he and his step-sister Kitty (or Princess Kyale, as she


SENRID is a story of swashbuckling boys and girls, royal stakes, mysterious villains, high adventure and strange magic, set in the universe of CROWN DUEL and INDA, in the tradition of Lloyd Alexander's WESTMARK and Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF.

Teen-aged king Leander Tlennen-Hess has barely ruled a year when he and his step-sister Kitty (or Princess Kyale, as she wishes to be known) are surprised by two visitors. The first is an adventure-loving girl, Faline, who helps Leander defend his tiny kingdom from invasion by the menacing warrior kingdom Marloven Hess, using only imagination and a bit of magic. The second visitor is a nice, friendly boy... who asks too many questions about the recent defeat of those evil Marlovens.

The nice, friendly visitor turns out to be Senrid, king of Marloven Hess.

But Senrid is king in name only. His uncle, the regent, holds power and Senrid must prove himself to be sufficiently strong by abducting for execution the two kids who thwarted the invasion.

The only way to save them is to enter the stronghold of the enemy, in flimsy disguise...

Sherwood Smith is the beloved author of over 25 books, best known for her stories for children and young adults. She has been writing in this fantasy milieu since age eight, and her first novel set there, CROWN DUEL, is currently in its ninth printing.

"Sherwood Smith's SENRID, written when she was fifteen, offers an extraordinary window into the development of a wonderful writer. Here in embryo are all the elements that Smith's fans have come to love."

-- Justine Larbalestier

"There's a lot of camaraderie, as well as budding sexual tension and never-a-dull-moment momentum."

-- Kirkus Reviews on WREN'S QUEST

"A realm in trouble, a spirited female hero with magic to surround her, mystery, romance, an enigmatic marquis, court etiquette and secret messages -- this is the stuff of dreams!"

-- Tamora Pierce on CROWN DUEL

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kim Carter
The tiny kingdom of Vasande Leror is bordered by the much larger-and more militant-Marloven Hess, and it is ruled by the teenage king Leander Tlennen-Hess. As Leander studies white magic in hopes of protecting his kingdom, his not-quite-sister Princess Kyale Marlonen daydreams of how royalty really live, with her cats all around. When Faline Sherwood from the kingdom of Mearsies Heili (across the sea from Vasande Leror) suddenly appears to warn Leander of an impending attack by Marloven Hess, she lends her shape-changing talents (as a Yxubarec) to foil the invasion. Months later another teenager-this one skinny, blonde, inquisitive, and male-shows up, asking questions about everything. He turns out to be Senrid, king of Marloven Hess, and when he abducts Kyale (or Kitty, as she is known), the Mearsies Heili teenage queen collaborates with Leander to stage a rescue, sending Faline. As the "kids" from the smaller kingdoms plot to outwit him, Senrid's uncle Tdanerend, who rules as Marloven Hess's regent, continues his plots to overthrow Vasande Leror, and to permanently depose Senrid. Rife with imaginative magical adventure, intriguing characters, and complicated plot, it is a book with potential. Unfortunately the myriad names coupled with the Mearsian slang (pocalubing, splatooning, splorching, gnarg, and other creatively original terms) combine with some early plot developments that seem less than purposeful to discourage would-be readers. This novel is the epitome of the 2Q rating-"Better editing might have warranted a 3Q"-as well as a broader audience of readers.

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Senrid 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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I will admit, this book will probably be more enjoyable if you read Over the Sea first, or A Stranger to Command. Senrid, boy king of Marloven-Hess (where Inda comes from, only centuries later) is under the control of the Regent, his uncle. This story is how he regains power of his kingdom, and in a very roundabout way, too. It's the story of kids with power -- kids who rule kingdoms and have influence in the world. It's the start of a time in the world when the kids will have to come to the forefront, whether the adults like it or not. And they know that they'll be needed, whether consciously or not, for they've all found the aging spell, designed to stop them as kids, in order to have more time. Time to learn, time to gain control. Because Norsunder, the ancient enemy in the world, is finally paying attention again -- and the kids have to prepare. (And we meet people from Over the Sea again, which is delightful.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed when I read Senrid, unlike many fantasy authors Sherwood Smith has created a world that is completely believeable and has such exciting adventure. The story starts off with Kitty and Leander, rulers of a small country near the huge military country of Marloven Hess where Senrid rules. They manage to defend their country from Senrid with the help of a magical girl named Faline...But then Senrid comes back and he's looking for revenge (or is he?). Soon they get drawn into an adventure none of them could have predicted, and we get to go along and see it with them. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, too good to sum up in just a few words. The adventure is exciting and realistic as are the characters. Sherwood Smith has really created an awesome magical world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Senrid is the King of Marloven Hess but he isn't allowed to have the power of a King, he is controlled by his uncle Tdanerend. Add in Kitty a selfish spoiled princess from a nearby Kingdom whose older stepbrother Leander is trying protect his Kingdom Vasande Leror from the army of Marloven Hess. Then Faline a shapeshifting girl from a far away northern country comes to offer her help to Leander. And this is just the beginning.... These characters and many other memorable ones such as CJ sherwood, Puddlenose and others go on an adventure that goes from one end of the world to the other (including a brief underwater interlude). It's hard to describe the story in small terms or in a short way because it is a huge expansive story. Anyone who liked Crown Duel or any adventure/fantasy lover will adore this new adventure into the world of sherwood smith. It is suitable for any age and is captivating enough for adults: I even read it twice to fully understand the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Sherwood Smith's books for over ten years and she is hands down my favorite author. I would highly recommend Senrid to anyone who likes fantasy. Be sure to check out her other books too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sherwood Smith hasn't just written a novel, she's created a whole world, and when you pick up Senrid, you're entering that world as surely as stepping through the wardrobe into Narnia--so not only do you follow the struggles of the title character, who has been raised to be ruthless but finds himself pulled in the direction of justice--you become involved with many, many more characters, with magic, and with powerful forces that extend beyond the covers of the book. You'll find you're begging for more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Senrid is a wonderful read. It has humor, action, and adventure. It's about foiling evil plans, saving your friends, and Senrid coming into his own. The characters are well developed. They are so realistic that they haunt you well after you have finished Senrid. Here is a small blurb written by the author: The kids on the good side are united in one thing: regarding Senrid as a villain. So what do you do when you're fifteen, supposedly king of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world, but all you have on your side are wit, will, and maybe a few skills? And what if the people you like best are your enemies, and your relatives want to see you dead?