A Stranger to Command

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This prequel to Crown Duel is about the early life of Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, at the infamous cavalry command academy in Marloven Hess. There he learns about command from the inside--and what it means to be king. More
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About Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. To date she’s published over thirty books. The latest was Treason’s Shore, last of the four-book Inda series, with Coronets and Steel scheduled for September 2010. She also writes for young adults, her most popular book being Crown Duel, from Firebirds—the e-book edition of its prequel, Stranger to Command, will be her first offering through Book View Cafe. She’s also written short fiction, and collaborated with several authors, including the Grand Master Andre Norton. One of her books was an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book; she’s twice been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and once a Nebula finalist. Some of her stories have been reprinted in “best of” anthologies, and her work has been translated into numerous languages.

Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, and drama. She still does writing workshops at schools, and freelances for Publishers Weekly.

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Reviews of A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith

Smckilli reviewed on May 31, 2012

This is the first book I've read by this author. I found the world created by the author drew me into the story. The "hero" of the story was both inspiring and someone whose struggles I could relate to.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
sophy78 reviewed on May 10, 2012

Very good. Explains a lot of why certain things are so important to Vidanric in Crown Duel. eg. name vs titles, especially when it comes to Mel's acknowledgement of his real name, also how he comes to fall in love with Mel as she serves a good contrast to Senelac, and the ways in which the two regard him. More earthy, and more serious in tone than Crown Duel, a coming-of-age story. Would have liked more detail toward the end, seems to skip over a few years in a hurry to get to the end. Would like to see a bridging novel of the time between Vidanric's return to Remalna and the revolt in CD, from his perspective.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
ella k reviewed on Aug. 12, 2010

This is a prequel to Crown Duel/ Crown Court.

DO NOT read it before Crown Duel/ Crown Court as it will be a major spoiler.
I really enjoyed rediscovering Vidanric. His before-Mel world is certainly quite the opposite of what everyone has suspected it to be. I think this book gives a reader insight into Vidanric that wasn't possible in CD/CC. This book is basically a journey of how Vidanric becomes a man that we meet in CD/CC. And it's a fascinating journey.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Sue reviewed on May 24, 2010
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Excellent prequel. Highly recommend!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
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