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A Stranger to Command [NOOK Book]

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This prequel to Crown Duel is about the early life of Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, who as a courtly, well-mannered teen coached in the noble art of dueling, finds himself thrown into the infamous cavalry command academy in Marloven Hess. There, instead of reading theories about statecraft, he is forced to learn about command from the inside--and what it means to be king.

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Overview

This prequel to Crown Duel is about the early life of Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, who as a courtly, well-mannered teen coached in the noble art of dueling, finds himself thrown into the infamous cavalry command academy in Marloven Hess. There, instead of reading theories about statecraft, he is forced to learn about command from the inside--and what it means to be king.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000894217
  • Publisher: Book View Cafe
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 159,065
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 663 KB

Meet the Author

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. To date she’s published over thirty books. The latest was Treason’s Shore, last of the four-book Inda series, with Coronets and Steel scheduled for September 2010. She also writes for young adults, her most popular book being Crown Duel, from Firebirds—the e-book edition of its prequel, Stranger to Command, will be her first offering through Book View Cafe. She’s also written short fiction, and collaborated with several authors, including the Grand Master Andre Norton. One of her books was an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book; she’s twice been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and once a Nebula finalist. Some of her stories have been reprinted in “best of” anthologies, and her work has been translated into numerous languages.Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, and drama. She still does writing workshops at schools, and freelances for Publishers Weekly.
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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    real to life fantasy

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    This is going to be good!

    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.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Great read

    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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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    Fascinating journey of a boy to a man

    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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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    LOVE??

    Okay..yeahh. I TOTALLY agree. What is with Vidanric having a love BEFORE Mel?? What kind of story is this?? Well, it had better not be too mushy or I am putting it down. Crown Duel is my favorite book other than Pride and Prejudice and I don't want it ruined by Vidanric's previous love<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2008

    Excellent book

    The book features Vidanric going to the military academy in Marloven Hess. Vidanric's perspective of assimilating into a foreign, insular culture is interesting and very entertaining.<BR/><BR/>A Stranger to Command is really great for all readers. Fans of Crown Duel will love it, but older readers who enjoyed the Inda series will also enjoy this book. I basically recommend to everyone.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    WHAT?!?

    Love?? You mean he has a lost love before Mel? WHAT?!?! Mel is supposed to be his true love, I dont want to find out he used to love someone else!! Sheesh. Ugh. Hmph. I reallly hope this is going to be good. Sorry for the rant. Crown Duel is AMAZING and I really hope this one is too.

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