Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith

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it’s immensely refreshing to see characters being (at times relentlessly) sensible and practical about matters of love, lust, and marriage.
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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?


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About Sherwood Smith

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Sherwood Smith (www.sherwoodsmith.net) lives in Westminster, California.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by DAW. 704 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Bourke on Apr 04 2012

it’s immensely refreshing to see characters being (at times relentlessly) sensible and practical about matters of love, lust, and marriage.

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SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by Constance Ash-Sublette on Mar 28 2012

This is part of reading pleasure, seeing a first rate author boldly at play, striving to do things a little differently from what she’s done before with narrative, yet providing her readers the same satisfaction as her previous work.

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Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Mar 26 2012

Readers learn of Sherwood Smith’s theory of relativity as new perspectives on previous key events (scribed in the Inda fantasy) surface. Fast-paced yet profound, Banner of the Damned is a terrific tale.

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