Book Review : Senrid
By Sherwood Smith
The kids on the good side are united in one thing: regarding Senrid as a villain. So what do you do when you’re fifteen, supposedly king of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world, but all you have on your side are wit, will, and maybe a few skills? And what if the people you like best are your enemies, and your powerful uncle, the regent, want to see you dead?
This is actually three novelettes and a novella, forming an arc with Senrid at the center, first written after Sherwood Smith turned fifteen, the age of the kids in the stories. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I had enjoyed A Stranger To Command so much I wanted to read more books by Sherwood Smith. I did not realize Senrid was originally written when the author was 15, and changed my criticisms once her age became apparent.
Because Smith was 15 when originally writing this novella the ideas and structure is choppy, there are dangling ends and jumps of faith across space and time.
Even so, if you are really excited about the world of Crown Duel you will enjoy Senrid. At this early stage of world building she had already developed all the major influences. The rules of magic are established, the varying kingdoms, the back story for the development of evil forces, even how this new world was originally populated. In addition to the background development, the influences that mold Senrid are apparent. I was never sure why Senrid would want to stay about 15 years old as the ruler of a nation, and in the novel Senrid there is a justification for his decision. Senrid is also influenced by his uncle, the king of another nation and a group of scrappy, fun loving girls and their heir who is off having adventures rather than ruling.
If kids ruled the world there would be more:
insults without war
All the children rulers in Senrid agree (even if they don’t agree on other points) that adults don’t make much sense.
3 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
If you liked this one you might like The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler and The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.