I – Inda, Sherwood Smith

IndaLoved: I love Sherwood Smith’s stuff! I’ll be talking about one of her middle grade books later in the month. I read her when I was very young, so when I discovered Inda, the first installment of her adult fantasy series a few years ago, I was thrilled that she’d “grown” with me as a reader. She writes the plucky MG hero with humor and heart, and does it better than almost anyone else I’ve read.

Learned: This book breaks just about every POV rule you can imagine. It head-hops like crazy but you know what…it works! She weaves together the storylines and individual character thoughts in a way that doesn’t make it distracting. She also delves into very serious, complicated political situations as seen through the younger eyes of those who will soon take over. I get a lot of inspiration from her about how to age characters realistically, moving them from innocence to maturity in a believable way.


9 comments:

  1. I don't know if I could cope with too much head-hopping, but it still sounds like a very good book!

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  2. Visiting from the a-z challenge - love the title of your blog, by the way.
    Karen

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  3. When you say head-hopping, do you mean within one scene? I'm not sure how I feel about that. I don't know if it would confuse me or, gasp, infiltrate my own writing!

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  4. RE: the head-hopping...yeah, it jumps out at you right away. It took me a while to see past that distraction, but I'd read Sherwood's earlier stuff and knew she usually writes a great story, so I kept reading. I think Inda is such an interesting example because she breaks the rules and still pulls it off.

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  5. Gosh. I'll never be able to read all the books I want to. Lol Sounds like another great one.

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  6. I'll have to add her to my list then.

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  7. I've seen this book but I never read it. I'll go with your recommendation and give it a try.

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  8. I love your A to Z theme! I went back and read all your posts. A few titles were new to me. Thanks for sharing.

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