May's Fantasy (Morning Session) - Inda by Sherwood Smith

Please join us as we discuss Inda by Sherwood Smith, book 1 of the Inda quartet. Smith is better known for her young adult novels, but this was her debut into adult fantasy. This book could easily be considered the fantasy equivalent to Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (and the similarities are readily apparent, as is the emphasis on military strategy and training for battle), but in the end the rich world-building, the tone of the narrative, and the complex and engaging characters lead to a very different story. The novel is of middling length, at about 570 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

Indevan-Dal is the second son of the Prince and Princess of Choraed Elgaer, destined to become his elder brother Tanrid's Shield Arm-his military champion. Like all second sons, he is to be privately trained at home by Tanrid, the brother whose lands he will one day protect.

When the King's Voice comes to summon Inda to the Military Academy, he might well feel foreboding, or even fear-war is imminent-yet youthful Inda feels only excitement. But there are things that Tanrid hadn't prepared him for, and Inda will soon learn that the greatest threats to his safety will not come from foreign enemies, but from supposed allies within his own country.

" I was so captured by this book that it lingered for days afterward. This was not convenient -- I had stories of my own to write. But I was haunted. I had lived inside these characters, inside this world, and I was unwilling to let go of it. That, I think, is the mark of a major work of fiction. " -- Orson Scott Card ( Ender's Game)


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kent

    Interesting discussion; interesting book. Thanx for everybody's insights.

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can't quite put my finger on it, but I do believe the spirit of my insight was overlooked by some.

      May 6, 2013

    • Vijay

      Ok, I think this is dragging out a bit much. @Erik, our standards of conduct are clear and unequivocal, as are the penalties for failing to respect them or our fellow members. If you'd like to discuss them further, or have any questions, I'm happy to address them offline through a private message, rather than clogging people's inboxes with unnecessary or facetious comments. And let's not paint euphemisms around what happened. I didn't rebut an insight, nor was the spirit of anything overlooked. There's absolutely no value in rehashing this or dwelling on it. Let's just leave it in the past and move on positively. Thanks.

      @All: I'm glad we were able to have such a great discussion, and that so many enjoyed the book (it's one of my particular favorites!). Thanks for the great participation.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, just one more reminder to please update your RSVP if you can't make it, to avoid a no-show and to give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    May 2, 2013

    • Kevin

      Hey, Vijay, call me when you get a chance, please. My number is: 7038687711. Thanks.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, I just thought this, and this is crazy, is "Inda" a corruption of "Ender," maybe?

    May 4, 2013

    • Vijay

      I'd say definitely not. If nothing else, OSC would have grumbled about it in his review, and he does not: http://www.hatrack.co...­ And in the end they're very different characters and stories.

      May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was simply speculating that the name could be an homage of some sort.

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry about changing my rsvp so late - but something came up and I won't be able to make it.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So not having luck with my library holds lol. Have fun.

    May 2, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone, I hope you're enjoying the novel. Now that we're less than a week out, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    April 29, 2013

  • David L.

    I may have to drop out of this one - I'll update my status as soon as I know for sure. So there may be another spot opening up, for anybody thinking of jumping on the waitlist.

    April 29, 2013

  • Jeremy D. H.

    Ack, I'm not relying on this app anymore. Keeps making me think my schedule is open. I will see you for WWZ.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am very excited about this book as described by Vijay: "Ender's Game," in a medieval fantasy setting!!

    1 · April 22, 2013

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