“King’s Shield”

June 18th, 2008

Woo.  Here I am, running around like an ijit, doing laundry and other domestic chores, filling out forms, and writing biz letters, all at once.  Honestly, feeling rather put upon and pouty, because I’d rather be doing about a dozen other things, all equally important too.

Then the stupid door buzzer goes off.  Another delivery.

BUT!  It’s the arrival of Sherwood Smith’s new novel, the sequel to Inda and The FoxKing’s Shield!   So, something really good happened already today, because it wasn’t even 2:30 p.m. yet.

The official publication date is July 1, 2008.




20 Responses to ““King’s Shield””

  1. Maggie Brinkleyon 18 Jun 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I am bright chartreuse green with envy. Radioactive, neon green! Eau de Nil, even. (Yes, all at once. Blotched. And dappled. Like the camouflage paint one might use on a marshy, jungly planet. With dripping moss.)

    I have to wait another two weeks!

  2. Sherwoodon 19 Jun 2008 at 12:35 am

    Hope you like it! *g*

  3. Constance Ashon 21 Jun 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Maggie Brinkley — you are going to love this book,

    I am about 1/3 of the way through King’s Shield.


    This is a rip-snorter!

    I am beginning to form some thoughts about iwhy it’s such a rip-snorter, in connection with the previous two books, but until I finish this one, it’s probably best to just keep forming, rather than stating.

    I’ve got to say though, that DAW’s done extremely well by readers, with the three of their books I’ve most recently read: The Name of the Wind, Shadow Isle and now King’s Shield. I would include Spirit Gate, but Kate’s no longer a DAW author, so I can’t! These are such satisfactory novels.

    But that should wait too.

    In the meantime, what is this garbage trotted out in favor of majority white males as a toc since the focus is on action-adventure and that’s what men write and read, hmmm? Tell me folks, where in this list of novels, is missing the action and the adventure? Oooops. These aren’t sf, but the lowly fantasy, filled with gooshy girly cooties. So how then is a guy in this list? There is so much wrong with statements like the one at the start of this paragraph I can only clutch heart and cry, teh stupid, it iz so big!

    Love, C.

  4. Constance Ashon 22 Jun 2008 at 12:02 pm

    In the meantime, it’s difficult to talk about King’s Shield, since it’s not even officially published, and there will be no spoilers from yrs truly.

    However, it’s probably o.k. to say this: Alexandre Dumas would be proud; this may be as close to a daughter successor as he achieved.

    And Errol Flynn era films too.

    Love, C.

  5. Carolon 22 Jun 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I will have to give these books a try…I have read any yet (Sherwood Smith books) but they sound great! Also, who wrote “In the name of the wind”? I don’t know that one either.

  6. Constance Ashon 23 Jun 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Carol — The author of Name of the Wind is Patrick Rothfuss.

    You have a great deal of delight to look forward to then. I thought I was the only who didn’t know about the Inda stories, when The Fox was published last year. So I quickly got a copy of Inda to read. It’s important to read these books in order.

    There’s one more volume in the series to come, which will probaby be out next year. But though the books should be read in order, you feel content and complete at the conclusion of each volume. The arcs of that volume’s concentrations have come to a satisfactory halt.

    The density of the world building cannot be overstated, but there aren’t info dumps.

    Which is another reason reading in order is important. I spent a lot of time with the maps and glossary in the first two volumes. The language is difficult in terms of names of people, families and places. There are a lot of similarities, the relationships are complicated, partly due to planned marriages (indeed, this is a culture than seems to plan everything all the time). The geography is equally cloudy — it’s hard to establish location of places and states in relationship to each other. If I had a criticism at all of the books, it would be this. But after a while it all emerges.

    Love, C.

  7. Carolon 23 Jun 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Its sounds great! I love “discovering” new authors and worlds!
    I looked it up on the net…are they published by Samhain? I may have to order online I am not sure if they have them down under, although Borders has a great fantasy section. (Only one shop in all of Perth though!!)
    Have you read any aussie/kiwi fantasy authors?…I am not sure how available they are in the N hemisphere, but there are some great ones too.

  8. Charleson 23 Jun 2008 at 9:58 pm


    I’ve noticed that Australia is beginning to make a splash in the Fantasy market. I’m currently reading some of Karen Miller’s novels (Innocent Mage and Awakened Mage) and enjoying them.

    Any other recommendations from down there?

  9. Carolon 24 Jun 2008 at 3:08 am

    Lots of reccommendations!!
    Ian Irvine has some great series out (The first one is The View from the Mirror quartet with the first book called Shadow on the Glass, the second series continues on in the same world ~1000 years later).
    I have just discovered Jennifer Fallon, I am reading her Tide Lords books which I am really enjoying, (starts with The Immortal Prince).
    I also really like Celcia Dart-Thornton, although she is VERY descriptive, almost prose like, and I have heard other people give her bad reviews. I have to be in a certain mood to read her, but she is great when you really get into it.
    I was reading Fiona MacIntosh, nothing special but a nice easy read, but was very very disappointed with the last book of hers I read.
    I will try Karen Miller, I havent read her yet…I love a good reccommendation!
    There are some NZ authors too, Russel Kirkpatrick, but I havent read him yet (shame on me! I am a kiwi you see! :) )

  10. Charleson 24 Jun 2008 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! My list of to be read grows ever larger.

  11. Constance Ashon 24 Jun 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Carol — Sherwood’s Inda books are from DAW, as stated above.

    In fact, Sherwood is a DeeoGenre one of us, a contributing writer.

    Love, C.

  12. Carolon 24 Jun 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks Constance.
    I should take better care of what I read! (Or not do it at work, LOL) When I get back to oz I will look it up.
    I’ve think I’ve seen Sherwood on here…seems all the good authors congregate here!

  13. Kate Elliotton 26 Jun 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Carol, I can’t recommend Sherwood Smith highly enough. The Inda books are simply excellent on all levels.

    Another Australian author, beyond the fine ones you already mentioned, is Glenda Larke.

  14. Kate Elliotton 26 Jun 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Carol, I can’t recommend Sherwood Smith highly enough. The Inda books are simply excellent on all levels.

    Another recommended Australian author, beyond the fine ones you already mentioned, is Glenda Larke. I love her books.

  15. Carolon 26 Jun 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Well, thats sold then, I am going to order myself a copy when I get back to Oz tomorrow! I will look up Glenda Larke too… This is great! Just when you think you will never find another favourite author (of which I have many!!) all these brilliant recommendations! Thanks guys!
    :) :)

  16. staron 29 Jul 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Hey there everyone!
    Constance, on June 23 ( i know thats way back, sorry) but you mentioned one more book in the series. Were you still talking about the INDA books? Meaning that there will be a fourth next year?
    I have yet to get The Kings Shield, I am still on The Fox, but it would be great to have two more to look forward two.

  17. Constance Ashon 29 Jul 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Hey Star — No problem.

    Yes, there’s one more book coming for this world and these characters, now that The King’s Shield is published.

    I’m looking forward to it very much.

    Love, C.

  18. staron 10 Aug 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks for the good news!
    But oh, what a lesson on patience this will be!
    Lol, oh well im overdue for one anyway. :)

  19. staron 22 Aug 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Hello again! I had one more question, how soon will we have a title for the new book?
    I want to add it to my must read list and it would be great to have a name besides “next inda book” :)

  20. Constance Ashon 22 Aug 2008 at 9:00 pm

    You need to ask Sherwood that, not me, since I’m not the author, and thus do not know.

    She’s on this site, you know!

    But, according to Sherwood’s website


    the title is Treason’s Shore.

    Treason appears to be much in the minds of our Favorite Fantasy Writers — because ‘treason’ is a part of the title of Kate Elliott’s forthcoming conclusion to her latest series, CrossroadsTraitors’ Gate — and, I believe, is also part of the title for Kit Kerr’s work in progress (though I may not have that right).

    Why do you think we’re all thinking so much of treason these days?

    Love, C.

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