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I never want to leave Sartorias-deles!
on September 17, 2017
The Inda series captivated me to such a degree that I've been wanting to extend my stay in Sartorias-deles, and after finishing Crown Duel I was eager to read more about the Marquis of Shevraeth.
At this point - five books deep into the wonderfully crafted world of Sartorias-deles - it's difficult to really react to individual volumes rather than how they tie in with everything else. For example, it's so fascinating to be back where Inda started - in the royal capital's Academy barracks - centuries later and see how much has changed, and how much is still the same. And reading about Vidanric's training and struggles to accept the political reality of his home in Remalna is made all the more poignant by knowing what his future has in store for him.
But those same things that were highlights for me might be confusing for newcomers - in the same way that I found the ongoing background plot with characters that clearly have their own stories that I have not yet read to be strange pitfalls. Or maybe not pitfalls - more like teases, piquing my interest without revealing much of anything. I wish there had been more of the Norsunder/Sartor plot intertwined with Vidanric's tale, rather than available in separate books.
I also missed the casual references to queer characters and relationships that were such a key part of the Inda series.