Treason's Shore

Treason s Shore Fourth in an intense fascinating epic of high action and fantasy adventure Inda fresh from his triumph on the battlefield against the Venn takes his place beside King Evred as Harskialdna the King

  • Title: Treason's Shore
  • Author: Sherwood Smith
  • ISBN: 9780756405731
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fourth in an intense fascinating epic of high action and fantasy adventure Inda, fresh from his triumph on the battlefield against the Venn, takes his place beside King Evred as Harskialdna, the King s Shield But the Venn are far from defeated and only Inda s fame is strong enough to inspire all the squabbling kingdoms to unite and raise a force mighty enough to protFourth in an intense fascinating epic of high action and fantasy adventure Inda, fresh from his triumph on the battlefield against the Venn, takes his place beside King Evred as Harskialdna, the King s Shield But the Venn are far from defeated and only Inda s fame is strong enough to inspire all the squabbling kingdoms to unite and raise a force mighty enough to protect the strait and repel the enemy Evred has also ordered Inda to take over the strait once the battle is won, but Inda, a former pirate, knows that this is a very bad idea Now Inda must choose between obeying his liege or committing treason.

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    1. The first half of this book is really King's Shield, but all four books are one story.I've learned a lot while doing this arc--and I also have learned how much more I have to learn. I do wish I could have learned some things forty years ago, but hey.First image was around 1970, might even have been earlier, when I was making my world map. I always go into the zone when I do maps. I put the Elgar Strait where two continents almost touch (and had, much earlier in the world's history, leaving behin [...]

    2. As is my custom, this review is going to talk about the entire Inda quartet rather than just Treason’s Shore. No spoilers.To get the negative out of the way: this series does suffer from a bit too much worldbuilding. I understand that Smith was working on it since she was about 12, but there was a fair bit of it in there that didn’t seem like it served any purpose whatsoever. But as complaints go, it’s definitely a mild one.As Tolkien said, the great stories never end, and that’s somethi [...]

    3. It's a good thing I finished this book before rating it, because the ending really does wrap things up and bring a sense of conclusion and satisfaction.In the course of reading this I often felt very conflicted about it which is perhaps appropriate, because this is a far more nuanced and difficult fantasy than just about any I have read. This is far, very far, from the formulaic. These people work like real people, speak and think and struggle like real people which in many cases means that they [...]

    4. What I love about Inda is his innocence. Despite the betrayals, torture, and numerous battles, Inda remains pure of thought and intention. He believes in loyalty. He trusts his friends. And they, in turn, want to protect him. A warrior. A military leader. A genius. Who has to be reminded to eat without slurping his soup. Who feels inadequate when he cannot train a group of 12-year-old boys to fight perfectly. Who, when faced with the impossible, goes. Executes. And takes none of the credit. And [...]

    5. A solid ending to a great series. I enjoyed my time spent with Inda and his mates through all four books. The main draws for me in this series have been the writing, the (super rich-growing-smart-and-real) characters, the relationships, and the depth of this world. The series is also full of action with wars, pirates, plotting and political intrigue on an epic scale, which all contribute to an enjoyable reading experience.In terms of this book, I think it maybe stretched out a little bit longer [...]

    6. This concluding volume of the Inda saga really is just the second very large half of the third book, as Sherwood Smith commented below. Inda is a master strategist and master fighter who has just fought a land battle against the Vend, when the retire from the field because the old King is dead, killed by Eskric a master magician or Dag.This volume starts off in the Venn homeland as the Venn return home from the war to crown Raynic as the new King, who unknown to the Venn is completely controlled [...]

    7. The last of the Inda series. Years ago, Inda was exiled from his homeland and made a new life for himself as the infamous pirate Elgar the Fox. But when he heard of his former home's invasion by the Venn, he returned. The Venn were turned back, but not for long. They, and their mind-controlled king, are going a'viking once more. And once again, only Inda can stop them.I feel conflicted about this book. On the one hand, Smith continues to split up her narrative far more than she needs to. Constan [...]

    8. I think the most revolutionary thing this series does is portray violence against women not because they are women but because they are warriors. I have issues with how Smith got there (in-universe), but it made the battle scenes refreshing. As they portrayed women being chopped into bloody bits. Okay, I probably shouldn't be allowed to review books anymore.Moving on: great characterization, thought-provoking worldbuilding, bizarre pacing. If you have the patience for it, there are dozens of int [...]

    9. I really wish it was possible to give a book more than 5 stars. Or that a star rating could accurately encompass how good this series actually was. In a word: amazing. It has easily become one of my favorite fantasy series ever, and I can't recommend it enough. It's so good I already can't wait to reread it :D And also devour the rest of Smith's works

    10. What a ride :)This book has so many interesting characters & I enjoyed almost every PoV, though I was also occasionally annoyed that I could not spend as much time as I wanted with my favorites. Inevitable with such a cast though. The time span mostly worked for me, though occasionally it was slightly disorienting to go from several chapters happening in the course of a few days to several months happening in one chapter and back again.I'm not yet quite sure how I feel about the ending. I re [...]

    11. This is the final book in the Inda quartet. Phew, what a marathon! I reckon at least 250,000, possibly more, words in just this final book alone. We've followed Inda since he was a child of ten and here he is, still a young man, having achieved his wildest dream, to be Harskialdna – war leader – to his childhood friend, now King Evred of Iasca-Leror. At the end of King's Shield (book 3) it seemed that Inda's story had run its course. And so it might have ended there with Inda running the aca [...]

    12. Well Sherwood Smith has proven that it is all about the money. Smith is not a major novelist of Fantasy. Despite what anyone will say to the contrary, she is not Tolkein, Jordan or even GRRM. Let alone new voices like Rothfuss. Then in 2006 she wrote Inda and perhaps was ready to breakout.Having read some of her other works, one could not expect a great fantasy adventure but Inda worked. And then we found that she planned to make it a trilogy. But in between completing the trilogy the money must [...]

    13. ~4.5 Stars~Ohhh god that ending guys, that ending. I'm obviously not going to go into specifics because, duh, last book in a series, but seriously. That ending is what pushed it from a rounded down 4.5 to a rounded up 4.5 because it was just so cute, like seriously. Ugh. That ending. Also, Barend is solidly my favorite. Like, it's at the point where I skimmed through the first few books for his parts just for a refresher on him because he is my favorite. Which turned out to be good, because then [...]

    14. I'd been dragging my feet with this book, both because it's the last one in the series and because it's so much more difficult to read. I feel like this series done what Harry Potter has set out to do and didn't quite manage to: have a character live their entire life in front of your eyes and let you grow alongside them. And the characters that books follow make them best book on leadership that I'd read.The Inda series is similar to HP in that the character starts out at 11 years old, and at t [...]

    15. Hmmmmm. A very long and drawn out conclusion. Very, very conclusive. :) I won't post any spoilers, but I was a little disappointed that the (collective) story seemed to be more a rambling expose on a large number of people instead of the exploration of societies and human nature that it seemed like it could have been. Or maybe, there was an exploration--seemingly random--without any conclusions drawn. I don't hate it, it's human nature on an inescapable level; but I'm black and white enough to b [...]

    16. Mostly a wrap up book. I still enjoyed it, and it was definitely necessary. I like that the most "moral" of the characters is haunted by his choices, and that not everything is fixed at the end. Basically, that there are consequences, and intention and goodness don't obviate those consequences.

    17. This is a great end to a great series, and it is definitely worth a read for anyone that loves fantasy. For those that have read the first three books, I think they will be satisfied with this ending!

    18. Great series and highly recommended. Normally I have ambivalence toward women writer especially on action or epic fantasy stories. In this regard, Sherwood Smith exceeds my expectation by a large margin and even outdo some of my favorite male writers. I really enjoyed the story and love the ending.

    19. I loved this series. It's complicated and detailed in all the right ways.I'm going to touch on scenes and relationships that I loved:(view spoiler)[First: Fox and Inda. It's such an understated part - throughout the series, Fox is an ambiguous character. Inda is always conscious of Fox wanting to be the leader, though Fox also acknowledges that Inda is better.I loved that Fox sent Inda to Evred with the rings - I read it a little as Fox giving Inda back to Evred, acknowledging that Inda's destin [...]

    20. This series should have been three books long, not four. I started out loving it, but it is inevitably dragged down by material that feels like filler. It's bloated with information and characters that serve no purpose and do nothing to contribute to the theme or atmosphere.Halfway through the second novel all the characters have completed their arcs and stop developing. There are brilliant moments sprinkled in but you'll have to force yourself through pointless political exposition and drama be [...]

    21. The character work in this final book is still great but the plot is fumbled and a bit disappointing. Without giving it away, the whole book builds up toa final confrontation with the Venn that ends in just a few short chapters with a rather anticlimactic solution.

    22. Conclusion of the Inda Series When you put in an investment in a series, where each book is a tome that could kill someone if throw at their head, what you dread the most is that when you reach the end you will not be satisfiedor worseyou would want to throw the book out of a window. This seriesadlydid not have either affect on me. In fact, when it ended I felt like I just had a nice satisfying piece of chocolate.We start where King's Shield leaves off. Inda and crew have driven of the Venn, m [...]

    23. Last books in beloved series always leave me with this weird, melancholy feeling. I'm bummed that I never got around to writing proper reviews for all three previous Inda books, because I just ploughed through them and needed more-more-more, not even stopping to review -- and as is my wont, I put aside Treason's Shore for a couple years because I didn't want it to end. That said, I'm surprised that this book has a higher average rating than Inda and King's Shield (my two favourites of the series [...]

    24. This was the last book of the Inda series. I didn't write up any comments for the previous books so I'm going to dump it all here. I really liked books 1 and 2 but 3 and 4 were much slower and felt more bloated. This last book didn't have much action until the end and even that was not a lot. It felt a lot longer than it needed to be. The world building in all the books is very well done. I like how there are two types of magic in this world. The mundane spells that everyone knows to disappear d [...]

    25. I enjoyed this one, but there were some significant flaws. Among the aspects I found most interesting was the question which emerged at the end of the book, which was dealt with in a thoughtful manner: can force be used to impose peace (i.e. one of the meanings of the term 'pax romana')? Among the issues I had with the book were some mistakes which I noticed throughout -I found myself wondering about the quality of the editing of the book. For example, one character's daughter has the wrong fami [...]

    26. In this book the real villain of the piece is finally brought to the forefront and things get real in the fight to save lives and end a war. Iasca-Leror (Inda's country) and the Venn are still grappling for all the things countries grapple for in a war. Smith introduced us to some Venn characters in the last book and in Treason's Shore she takes us to their homeland. It's here where things are sometimes rather dull. We have to learn about customs, politics, history, and royal succession of an en [...]

    27. This is a really satisfying ending to one of my favorite book series of all times. Weirdly it took me eight years to finish this book because life kept getting in the way, but it hadn't stopped me from recommending the series to everyone I know. Four stars only because I personally didn't love the glimpses we got in this book into the Venn society from a pacing perspective and I'm too picky when it comes to my starring system - I 100% recommend these books to everyone always.

    28. I re-read this entire series, starting with Inda and I wanted to write detailed reviews about them all; which is why I let them sit in "currently reading" for so long. Unfortunately, the moment passed, and even though I like this series a lot, there's so much going on in it that I don't feel like I can write a review that would do it justice this long afterward. Basically, anyone who likes complex, epic fantasy that has moral complexity without being grimdark should read these books. (Exception: [...]

    29. After I read the first three books of the Inda series a year ago, I desperately wanted to read Treason's Shore, but the paperback hadn't been released yet. When it was finally released in paperback last October, I picked it up and eventually started reading it during winter break. It was well worth the wait. Because of the realities of a college life, I ended up going through periods of not being able to read for pleasure for two or three weeks at a time. This pained me, because as I read on I r [...]

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