A Stranger to Command

A Stranger to Command

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by Sherwood Smith
     
 

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Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, is a courtly, well-mannered teen coached in the noble art of dueling. Growing up in a court that on the surface seems civilized under an increasingly despotic king, he is sent by his father to the infamous military academy in Marloven Hess. He expects to be reading theories about statecraft, but finds that he is going to

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Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, is a courtly, well-mannered teen coached in the noble art of dueling. Growing up in a court that on the surface seems civilized under an increasingly despotic king, he is sent by his father to the infamous military academy in Marloven Hess. He expects to be reading theories about statecraft, but finds that he is going to learn about military command from the inside-and finally, what it really means to be king.

In this prequel to Crown Duel, the reader learns what made the elegant Vidanric into the enigmatic Marquis of Shevraeth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611384109
Publisher:
Book View Cafe
Publication date:
06/05/2014
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
333,115
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Sherwood Smith studied in Europe before earning a masters in history. She worked as a governess, a bartender, an electrical supply verifier, and wore various hats in the film industry before turning to teaching for 20 years. First book published in 1986. To date she's published over forty books, nominated for several awards, including the Nebula, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book.

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Stranger to Command 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Ancamna More than 1 year ago
Vidanric Renslaeas, Marquis of Shevraeth, otherwise known as Shevraeth, is sent from his home country of Remalna at age fifteen to train in the military academy of Marloven-Hess. If you've read Crown Duel, this is aptly named the prequel. Shevraeth is a marvelous character and I love him to death. Umm, synopsis: The tyrant on the throne of Remalna, Galdran, is making it difficult for Shevraeth to stay at home and not be killed. So while his family and friends stay and try to organize an underground rebellion (without being found and killed themselves) Shevraeth's parents send him somewhere far away where he will learn actually useful skills, like how to fight and save his life, yes? But Marloven-Hess is as far away from court life as the desert from the rainforest, so Shevraeth must learn how to get his bearings, in a new country with a new language, while the problems at home keep his mind far from content. He is a very clear-headed person, liking to think things through, and a good leader. He goes through all the normal teenage stuff too, like getting a girlfriend, but THANK GOODNESS it's not the center of the book. And while away from home he learns to command, so that maybe...[erase spoiler] Just read Crown Duel, it comes next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Sherwood Smith's books, and I know she wrote this for her fans on Livejournal. I read it there and loved it! It will be even better published and edited and as close to perfection as possible. I can't wait. I will definitely buy it. Vidanric's side of any story involving him is always a delight to read. It helps to understand him because of how misunderstood he is.
Lourena More than 1 year ago
This author is amazing. It hooked me and kept me reading. Ther everyday life of the lead character was entrancing. Well written, fleshed out characters, a little thin on plot but it ensorcelled me. 
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dentlhlpr More than 1 year ago
This book is listed as teen or young adult. I liked it just fine. I have read the Inda series and wanted more of a taste for this world. This is a great prequal to crown duel.
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ellak More than 1 year ago
This is a prequel to Crown Duel/ Crown Court. DO NOT read it before Crown Duel/ Crown Court as it will be a major spoiler. I really enjoyed rediscovering Vidanric. His before-Mel world is certainly quite the opposite of what everyone has suspected it to be. I think this book gives a reader insight into Vidanric that wasn't possible in CD/CC. This book is basically a journey of how Vidanric becomes a man that we meet in CD/CC. And it's a fascinating journey.
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