Banner of the Damned

Banner of the Damned

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Princess Lasva is about to be named heir to her childless sister, the queen. But, when the queen finally bears an heir, Lasva's future is shattered. Grief-stricken, she leaves her country of Colend and falls into the arms of Prince Ivandred of Marloven Hesea. His people are utterly different-with their expertise in riding, weaponry, and magic- and the two soon marry.

When the sensational news makes its way to Lasva's sister, the queen worries for Lasva at the hands of the Marlovens, whose king's mage is in league with the magical land of Norsunder-considered by Colendi to be their enemy. The queen orders Emras, a scribe, to guard Lasva.

But it may be too late-Lasva is already deeply involved with the Marlovens and their magic. War wages on, and all are forced to redefine love, loyalty, and power...

Publisher: New York : DAW Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9780756406776
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION SMI
Characteristics: 695 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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SPPL_Gardner Mar 13, 2018

I'd compare this to Kushiel's Dart for the intricate complexity and luxury of the worldbuilding, with some of the same sprawling feel of Game of Thrones, but comprised of a single book rather than a series. I haven't read any of Smith's other books as yet, but that will change. The presence of a queer protagonist was what drew me to this book, and it delivered a well-crafted story with interesting characters and a compelling protagonist.

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jennybeast
Jul 18, 2012

Another fascinating fantasy epic from Sherwood Smith – this one follows the adventures of a Colendi princess and her scribe as they encounter life among the Marlovens. A little more transparent than the Inda series, but equally compelling as an investigation of court intrigue.

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