Author: Sherwood Smith
Genre: You could say it's YA fantasy, or original fic.
Setting: Mostly Vasande Leror and Marloven Hess.
Reason for Reading: I was actually really sad when I finished reading A Stranger to Command because it was so good.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: 2007, though it was written in 1966.
Cover: Crossed swords, an angelic face, a castle, running horses.
First line: "In a tiny, rural kingdom called Vasande Leror, the new ruler and his stepsisters were busy with books."
Themes: Kids that don't want to grow up, dysfunctional families, chosen families, magic, friendship.
Best part: I liked filling in some gaps in the story. It was also to have a small intro to the Peter-Pan like Sartoria-deles characters, though I'm not convinced I'm interested in pursuing them.
Worst part: Now, I'm not blaming Smith for this, let's be clear. But this book WAS written when she was fifteen years old, and is much like early papers published by other fantasy authors.
Imaginary Theme Song: All I can think of is "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us Kid"...
Grade: C-. Sorry Sherwood! Better read a summary of this one.
Recommended for: Only those who cannot resist.
Related Reads: I suggest reading A Stranger to Command twice instead. Much more satisfying.