Author: Sherwood Smith
Series: Sartoria-deles. Specifically, this is a prequel to the duology Court Duel and Crown Duel.
Setting: Mostly the Marlovan military academy that was the setting for the Inda books, though this is a different time period (about a thousand years later in their history, and I really had to dig around on the author's webpage to find that out!).
Reason for Reading: I loved the Inda books so much that I resolved to read the rest of what Smith has been writing over the years since I read Crown Duel.
Finished In: Delirious, delicious days.
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A foppish boy holding a sword. He has long blond hair.
First line: "You're a new one."
Themes: Military academys, magic, revolution, royalty, bullies, outsiders.
Best part: This book is just so freaking enjoyable to read. I was actually quite sad to get to the end.
Worst part: I wondered while I was reading it how believable it would truly be as a prequel. It has been some time since I read the duology and it seems like she came up with the Marlovan stuff later - though apparently she's been writing this series at least for herself for a very, very long time.
Imaginary Theme Song: Something in between Sharp Dressed Man and Eye of the Tiger.
Grade: B+. Yum yum yum.
Recommended for: This would be a good starting place for reading the whole series, actually.
Related Reads: Inda and its sequels, Crown Duel. Also shares some themes with Cordelia's Honor.