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A STRANGER TO COMMAND

In this much-anticipated prequel to CROWN DUEL, Vidanric Renselaeus, fifteen-year-old Marquis of Shevraeth, finds himself sent across the continent to a military academy in Marloven Hess, a kingdom known for its violent history. Vidanric is used to civilized life in pleasant Remalna--except that the evidence is increasingly clear that the civilization is only on the surface. Too many young, smart heirs have suffered accidents of late, and the evidence is ...

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A STRANGER TO COMMAND

In this much-anticipated prequel to CROWN DUEL, Vidanric Renselaeus, fifteen-year-old Marquis of Shevraeth, finds himself sent across the continent to a military academy in Marloven Hess, a kingdom known for its violent history. Vidanric is used to civilized life in pleasant Remalna--except that the evidence is increasingly clear that the civilization is only on the surface. Too many young, smart heirs have suffered accidents of late, and the evidence is beginning to point to the king, Galdran, who has grandiose plans for expansion.

In Marloven Hess, no one can pronounce his real names, and they assume his title is his name. He becomes Shevraeth--discovering that there are no marquises or dukes or barons in this kingdom, and no one has the slightest interest in Remalna. Or in foreigners. Until very recently, the academy was closed to outsiders. But the king--also fifteen, and recently come to his throne after a nasty civil war--wants him there.

Learning about command turns out to be very different than Shevraeth had assumed, and the Marlovens, who are going through political and social change at all levels, are not at all what he expected. He makes friends as well as enemies; experiences terror and laughter as well as challenges on the field and off.

He discovers friendship, loyalty--and love.

All the while greater events in the world are moving inexorably toward conflagration, drawing the smartest of the young people into key positions--whether they want it or not. They're going to have to be ready.

"Involving characters, exquisite world building, politics, intrigue, and choices to be made between love, school and country. A Stranger to Command has everything. Drop what you're doing and read it immediately."

--Justine Larbalestier author of HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY

"War games. Courtly Vidanric, sent for his own protection to train as a warrior in a foreign land four months' journey from home, considers himself alien, sensitive, weak, and ignorant among his fellow cadets. Remaining a study in courage and integrity, despite the grinding discipline that takes away even his name, Vidanric's soldier's skills grow swordblade sharp even as he also learns lessons of the heart. But capability, responsibility, and all-too-real invasion come together as Vidanric realizes that not only is he being trained for kingship, he's capable of it, too . . . A diamond-bright portrait of a harsh and magical journey to adulthood."

--Elizabeth E. Wein, author of THE MARK OF SOLOMON

"Sherwood Smith's universe is so detailed at this point that you feel like a traveller in a real foreign land--charmed, sometimes bewildered, and finally at home with no desire to leave. This book deals thoughtfully with the creation of a hero, and also creates an exciting, occasionally-painful, and always absorbing adventure."

--Sarah Rees Brennan, author of THE DEMON'S LEXICON

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  • ISBN-13: 9781934648551
  • Publisher: YA Angst
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 1.19 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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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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