A Sword Named Truth

Here’s a new book from Sherwood Smith: A Sword Named Truth

I will say up front, it’s from DAW and it’s pretty darn pricey. The ebook is $14 and the hardcover is $28, and, well, sorry, but I’m not going to jump on it with both feet at those prices. But I’m curious about it.

Here’s part of the description:

Long-dormant magical forces are moving once again in Sartorias-deles. Agents of Norsunder, a mysterious bastion of incredible dark power, have reappeared in the world, amassing resources and sowing instability.

But with numerous nations led by young rulers brought too early to their thrones, the world is hardly ready to defend itself. Atan is still uncomfortable with her new queenship, gained after her country was freed from a Norsundrian enchantment that left it frozen outside time for a century. Senrid strives to establish rule of law, after deposing his brutal and cruel uncle, seeking to exert control over rebellious jarls and a distrustful military academy. Jilo never expected the responsibility of leading his nation, but when its dictator vanishes after a Norsundrian attack, Jilo finds himself stepping into the power void, taking the reins of a country so riddled with dark magic that its citizenry labors for mere survival. Clair and CJ lead a band of misfits against magical threats that overshadow their tiny country, including a direct incursion from the Norsundrians.

So this is the world of Inda, right? But I don’t remember any of these characters except Senrid. Am I supposed to? Does anybody else recognize these names?

I really liked and admired the five-book Inda series. I’m adding this new one to my wishlist so I don’t forget about it.

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5 thoughts on “A Sword Named Truth”

  1. Sherwood Smith has written a few series, some of them very, very good and others not so much. Many of the stories are related – she uses a sort of overlapping worlds/realities device. Some of the characters mentioned are from a series that I did not like much, which centered on very young protagonists who acted in very adults ways (minus the sex and romance) and the whole concept just didn’t resonate with me. Which made me sad because I love the Inda series.

  2. Kathryn McConaughy

    I think CJ is from her modern-girl-dropped-in-fantasy-world series. I didn’t care for that one. Too much angst.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Plainly I haven’t read as many of Smith’s series as I thought. I don’t think I’d mind very young characters who act in very adult ways. Hmm. I’ll at least consider looking at those series before trying A Sword Named Truth.

  4. This is apparently set immediately after the events of A Stranger to Command (which would make it before or concurrent with Crown Duel, I think??); I loved both those books, and have always wondered about the events hinted at involving Norsunder, so I’m very excited to get the whole story (I hope we get the whole story!)

    It sounds like the characters are the child rulers from the books she wrote as a youth, which I haven’t read (tried, but the writing was, well, youthful). I’m hoping this book will make sense without having read those earlier ones, and I’m hoping (fairly confident) that her mature writing will develop them into characters as strong as those in Inda and Crown Duel.

    (I strongly recommend the YA books Crown Duel and A Stranger to Command. The latter is set in Marloven Hessea (sp??) a few hundred years after Inda, and it’s an Academy story.)

  5. Kim, I liked Crown Duel, loved Court Duel, and LOVED Stranger to Command. If this were a direct sequel to Stranger, I would grab it in a heartbeat! As it is, hmm. The description doesn’t even mention Shevraeth, who is one of my favorite protagonists ever. Still, I agree, the books of Sherwood Smith’s that haven’t worked for me were probably written quite a long time ago. I bet you’re right that this one has stronger writing.

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