SENRID is a story of swashbuckling boys and girls, royal stakes, mysterious villains, high adventure and strange magic, set in the universe of CROWN DUEL and INDA, in the tradition of Lloyd Alexander's WESTMARK and Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF.
Teen-aged king Leander Tlennen-Hess has barely ruled a year when he and his step-sister Kitty (or Princess Kyale, as she wishes to be known) are surprised by two visitors. The first is an adventure-loving girl, Faline, who helps Leander defend his tiny kingdom from invasion by the menacing warrior kingdom Marloven Hess, using only imagination and a bit of magic. The second visitor is a nice, friendly boy... who asks too many questions about the recent defeat of those evil Marlovens.
The nice, friendly visitor turns out to be Senrid, king of Marloven Hess.
But Senrid is king in name only. His uncle, the regent, holds power and Senrid must prove himself to be sufficiently strong by abducting for execution the two kids who thwarted the invasion.
The only way to save them is to enter the stronghold of the enemy, in flimsy disguise...
Sherwood Smith is the beloved author of over 25 books, best known for her stories for children and young adults. She has been writing in this fantasy milieu since age eight, and her first novel set there, CROWN DUEL, is currently in its ninth printing.
"Sherwood Smith's SENRID, written when she was fifteen, offers an extraordinary window into the development of a wonderful writer. Here in embryo are all the elements that Smith's fans have come to love." -- Justine Larbalestier
"There's a lot of camaraderie, as well as budding sexual tension and never-a-dull-moment momentum." -- Kirkus Reviews on WREN'S QUEST
"A realm in trouble, a spirited female hero with magic to surround her, mystery, romance, an enigmatic marquis, court etiquette and secret messages -- this is the stuff of dreams!" -- Tamora Pierce on CROWN DUEL
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.81 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher YA Angst
ISBN 1934169625 ISBN13 9781934169629
Availability 0 units.
More About Sherwood Smith
Sherwood Smith started making books out of paper towels at age six. In between stories, she studied and traveled in Europe, got a Masters degree in history, and now lives in Southern California with her spouse, two kids, and two dogs. She s worked in jobs ranging from counter work in a smoky harbor bar to the film industry. Writing books is what she loves best. She s the author of the high fantasy History of Sartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at www.sherwoodsmith.net or on Twitter at twitter.com/sherwood_smith."
Sherwood Smith currently resides in Westminster, in the state of California.
I bought this book having loved Crown Duel and Court Duel. Senrid, however, does not particularly resemble either of these works, though some of the magical tidbits are the same. As said by another reviewer, there are a number of intertwined stories, many of which are not particularly fleshed out. Characters that appear to have a major role in the novel fade in and out of the story at unexpected intervals. For instance, the book starts with Leander and his sister Kitty, and they remain fairly prominent characters until Leander's role diminishes at the end of the novel. Also, Faline and CJ Sherwood, who I came to assume would retain significant roles, dropped out of the story towards the latter half, which was strange and a little dissatisfying.
This is not to say the novel is poorly written (although the paperback edition seems rather cheaply made for being so expensive). Positives are that there are many amusing conversations and random occurrences, although there are times when the plot seems a little disjointed. I perhaps enjoyed Senrid's character the best, for his snide and worldly ways. My biggest complaint is the anti-adult stance and the constant reminder that everyone is a 'kid.' There is nothing wrong with young characters, but to be constantly reminded over and over becomes wearying. Also, for anyone who is hoping for an element of romance between the characters will not find it here.
All and all I found this is an interesting novel, only it turned out to be of a different style than I was expecting.
Better after 'Over the Sea' Feb 3, 2008
I enjoyed 'Senrid' moderately, but was frustrated by the references to people and places not explained here. 'Over the Sea - CJ's First Notebook' fills in a lot of the needed background, and I would strongly recommend reading it first. I think my reread of 'Senrid' will be much more pleasant.
A Confusing Tale...Masala Senrid Oct 19, 2007
I found this to be a book that wants to have been separated into several volumes at least. There a many threads of storyline that maybe could have been better suited to individual books.
I know that the author has been writing about this world of hers since child hood but it seems too dense and self-involved storytelling. A better editor would have forced her to maybe spend more time fleshing out and expanding the backstory of all of the characters. It was frustrating to constantly be introduced to characters who seem almost in mid-story of their own plot (might be realistic but very annoying to me).
I could tell there were at least 4 individual books here.
Magical, Not Surprisingly Jun 7, 2007
Senrid is about a young king whose throne is being subtly stolen from him by his uncle, the Regent, who consistantly beats and publicly humiliates him in the name of "strengthening" and "preparing" him for the kingship. The king-in-name-only, Senrid, is secretly trying to overthrow his uncle and win back the throne. In the beginning of the book, he is very firm in his beliefs of what is right and wrong, but because of his horrible childhood these views are rather pessimistic and self-centered. As he goes out into the world and meets different people, especially the Mearsies-Heili girls, he comes to change his views. He is a very interesting character. The reader is unsure whether he is a bad person or a good person who is misunderstood, which makes the book more fun to read. This book is filled with action and mystery, with a good bit of magic as well. The characters are well-developed and you find yourself really becoming emotionally involved with each one. (Except Kitty. I find her as annoying as Senrid does.) The story switches points of view a few times, and my favorite parts were those narrated by CJ, a girl from Mearsies-Heili, a country near Marloven-Hess (Senrid's country) that is as opposite as you can get from it. Her "records" are most entertaining. Sherwood Smith is one of my favorite authors, second only to Tolkien. Her writing style is reminiscient of Tolkien's and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed The Lord of the Rings. Actually, I would recommend this book to anyone who ever read a fantasy book of any kind and enjoyed it even remotely.
Must have Jun 6, 2007
I have been reading Sherwood Smith for over ten years and she is hands down my favorite author. I enjoyed Senrid immensely and agree wholeheartedly with the other reviews posted so far on this site. Be sure to check out her other books too.