Banner of the Damned

Banner of the Damned

by Sherwood Smith

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Standalone novel of Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy Sartorias-deles universe • follow-up to acclaimed military fantasy Inda series • courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters

"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." —SF Signal 

Emras is the most diligent of students, and she wants nothing more than to become royal scribe for the intelligent and beautiful Princess Lasva. And Emras gets her wish.
But life becomes complicated in ways she could never have foreseen. For though Emras adores the princess, she has been charged with a secret mission for the queen: to search her new home for signs of the evil magical influence of Norsunder—a kingdom once thought legendary, but now known to be real. Emras knows nothing of magic, but finds a knowledgeable and willing tutor in the barbaric land of Marloven Hesea.
Was the queen right? Is there a connection between Norsunder and Marloven Hesea? And if Emras was acting on orders from her queen, why is she now on trial?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756408046
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 590,812
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at

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Banner of the Damned 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
aneresnyy More than 1 year ago
Banner of the Damned is a perfect example of why Sherwood Smith is a genius. The world of Sartorias-deles that she has created is rich in history and detail. This book ties together so many threads from her previous stories (Inda, Crown Duel, Senrid, A Stranger to Command) that you can't help but be amazed by her skill as a world-builder and storyteller.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A stand-alone novel, set some 400 years after the Inda series. Set first in Colendi, then in Marloven Hesea (the renamed remains of Iasca Leror, which in another 400 years will be Marloven Hess), this is a first-person account by Emras, trained as a scribe, who is writing this for her judges. Emras is an appealing character, a classic scholar who finds herself in the middle of momentous events.I did figure out (more or less) what was going on by about the halfway point. That just added to the dread caused by knowing who Ivandred was and what he would be remembered for. I think this would work for a new reader, but it would be a different book without the background (in both directions, Inda and later).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Banner of the Damned is a well written novel from Sherwood Smith, and the main character is engaging and likable at first. However, I felt that plot got bogged down in minutiae of court life and studies. I almost felt like I was forcing myself to finish it on occasion, though it does finish with a flourish - setting itself up well for a sequel. I would probably read a sequel, but this is not anywhere near the top of my must re-read list.
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