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May's Fantasy - 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. Our smaller morning session can be found here.

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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  • Vijay

    For anyone still wondering, here's the official deal on the Birth Spell: That link is part of the wiki for Sherwood Smith's world of Sartorias-deles, so you may find other questions answered if you poke around a bit. Being a wiki, though, it may well have spoilers for the other books in the quadrilogy and in the wider world, so you may wish to hold off or explore cautiously.

    May 6, 2013

    • Vijay

      Also, just checked Treason's Shore. On Crystal's question of whether the baby falls out of the sky and hits someone in the's my best interpretation of how it all goes.

      1) parent(s) perform birth spell. Hope for best.
      2) 8 months pass, nobody knows if spell will produce a child or not
      3) if it did succeed, parent(s) have a dream about a baby. I assume its extra-vivid or some such.
      4) parents perform second half of birth spell and child appears in their clasped arms.
      5) mother is able to produce milk if she wants. Otherwise a wet nurse is found.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I apologize for the last minute notice, but I have to cancel. I was really looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of this book.

    May 5, 2013

  • Constance B.

    I sorry! I meant to change my RSVP when I change it for the others. But yeah, I can't attend. I have splitting headaches.

    May 5, 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

  • 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

  • Caroline C.

    Not a copy to be had in any library.

    April 27, 2013

  • Vijay

    @Waitlisters: If you want to add yourself to the waiting list for the morning session, it'll maximize your chances of getting into a session.

    @All: As always, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    April 26, 2013

  • Andrija P.

    Will likely be helping at a packing party.

    April 21, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    Packing for move

    April 16, 2013

  • Lara

    This is actually on my list after re-reading Cloud Atlas. Sadly, I will be out of town, but thank you for making this book a selection. :)

    1 · April 5, 2013

  • Samuel L.

    570 pages is "middling length?" Compared to Way of Kings and Memory of Light perhaps, but not to much else.

    March 22, 2013

    • Vijay

      By the standards of modern fantasy, this is about average. And in terms of the lengths of our selections, it also falls about middle of the road. There's a wider debate as to why fantasy novels have fattened so much in recent decades, but that's neither here nor there.

      Books that are longer than this one include Harry Potter 4-7, Twilight 3 & 4 (take a moment with that), each book in Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy, all the books in A Song of Ice and Fire, anything by Rothfuss, Stephenson's Anathem...even Dune is longer, and the list goes on and on.

      Regardless, what's long to each person is subjective, which is why we've been including the specific # of pages so you can make your own estimation of how much time you'll need, and why we announce so many weeks in advance. Enjoy the read, everyone!

      March 22, 2013

  • Vernieda

    I'll be out of town.

    March 21, 2013

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