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Inda Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2007
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The book is basically divided into two periods - Inda at school and Inda banished to the sea. Throughout the book, I found myself continually surprised to be reminded how young Inda is. The book reads like an adult book, but the plot in many ways echoes the common theme of a young adolescent away at school learning to deal with others of his age, or older, without the protection or structure of family. Learning skills, winning allies, making friends and enemies. Smith moves the story to a more adult level by reflecting the perspectives of both adults and other adolescents throughout the kingdom she has created, and allowing this to be the story of more than Inda. The political maneuvering and agendas reminded me more of George Martin. Personally, I find multiple points of view can be distracting and irritating, especially when told from the view of "the bad guy", or unsympathetic characters.Read more ›
There are many intriguing aspects to Inda's militaristic society; I am particularly fascinated by the gender roles. Noble boys and girls both receive military training, but the girls' is focused on castle defense, while the boys' emphasizes offensive tactics, equestrian skills, and the like, for they will be the ones to ride out to war.Read more ›
That's the case here--the reader is left entirely convinced that, around any corner, in any cupboard, whether we find ourselves in a hovel, castle, mansion, or country, aboard a ship or aboard a stallion, still more consistent but surprising detail lurks, waiting to be found.
While I understand the annoyance of the reviewer below--a stutterer herself, who finds the character of the "evil," stuttering heir-to-the-throne too one-dimensional--the stuttering is NOT actually portrayed as the root of the prince's evil. In fact, this prince is presented sympathetically in several respects: at several different points, he attempts to resist his "weaknesses," the less-than-noble character traits we all have. But his "evil" uncle consistently undercuts the prince's efforts. And even the uncle is not presented as inherently evil, but as rather-complexly conflicted--so driven by his own need to demonstrate his loyalty that he's ultimately led into disloyally. The uncle's motivating passions and jealousies are themselves traced back to an earlier generation's envies and enmities.
Ultimately, the elite, governing strata of Inda's society is shown to contain its own vein of weakness: an "Achilles' heel" of abusive behavior, in which brothers are pitted against one another, supposedly to develop their strength. As with the British "public" school system, sometimes strength and bonding emerge from this corrupt cauldron; sometimes cruelty and competitiveness are fostered instead.Read more ›
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I have no idea why Sherwood Smith isn't a better-known author than she is. Her characters are amazingly complex, and the world building is second to none. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
To start out with I had a hard time getting into Inda's world. There was a huge learning curve and I'm still no 100% comfortable with a lot of the terms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by April Sarah
Sherwood Smith is best known as a writer for children and 'young adults.' I tried reading some of those as an adult, and they did not work for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ovarwa
After reading glowing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads I bought this book with high expectations, anticipating strong characters and world building. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liliya Frolova
I have owned the Inda series in paperback for years. It's been a couple years since the last time I read them so I decided to reread them (again) and started buying them all on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carrie Pollak
Sherwood Smith has an incredible grasp on worldbuilding and the psychology of people, and she is masterful at presenting it in Inda. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just finished A Song of Ice and Fire. It's a good read, but the Inda series stands head and shoulders above it. Why?
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The story deals with Inda, a young noble of an empire of conquering Mongol like people. He's 10 or 11 to start the book and it ends with him being around 16. Read morePublished 14 months ago by B. HALL
This arrived in even better condition than I was expecting, there was barely a crease in the spine and only a few pages were bent. Overall, very pleased.Published 19 months ago by LaG24