Banner of the Damned (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Sherwood Smith

Daw Books, 9780756408046, 800pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2013



Standalone novel of Sherwood Smith's epic fantasy"Sartorias-deles" universe follow-up to acclaimed military fantasy "Inda" series courtly politics, vast worldbuilding, and diverse characters
"Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... A first-rate author boldly at play." SF Signal
Emras is the most diligent of students, and she wants nothing more than to become royal scribe for the intelligent and beautiful Princess Lasva. And Emras gets her wish.
But life becomes complicated in ways she could never have foreseen. For though Emras adores the princess, she has been charged with a secret mission for the queen: to search her new home for signs of the evil magical influence of Norsunder a kingdom once thought legendary, but now known to be real. Emras knows nothing of magic, but finds a knowledgeable and willing tutor in the barbaric land of Marloven Hesea.
Was the queen right? Is there a connection between Norsunder and Marloven Hesea? And if Emras was acting on orders from her queen, why is she now on trial?

About the Author

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 fantasySartorias-deles series as well as the modern-day fantasy adventures of Kim Murray in Coronets and Steel. Learn more at"

Praise For Banner of the Damned

"A frequently thrilling tale, full of adventure, romance, and magic, a charming mix of everyday details and epic overtones."

"Sherwood Smith should rank high on any list of military writers.... The cavalry battles, hand-to-hand, strategy sessions, the aftermaths of battles, these scenes in Banner of the Damned roll across the page with effortless mastery... a first rate author boldly at play."


"Tremendously enjoyable.... The characters are interesting, believable, and well-drawn, the politics — national and personal — compelling, and there’s plenty of action and excitement to go around."

"A magical tale of political intrigue and romantic entanglements...vividly realized and entertaining."

-Publishers Weekly