Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school, teaching history, literature, drama, and dance.

She writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and young readers.

Her most popular book, Crown Duel, is currently in its 16th printing. The ebook edition available here at Book View Café contains extra material not available in the print edition.

Her full bibliography (including awards and books in print) is here.

Though she is known primarily as a fantasy writer, Sherwood and fellow BVC member Dave Trowbridge have collaborated on Exordium, a five-volume space opera.

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Crown Duel

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith


by Sherwood Smith
$5.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-071-2

Sherwood Smith’s most popular young adult fantasy begins with Meliara and her brother vowing to free Remalna from an evil king. War is tougher than it seemed. When Meliara is caught by the enemy commander, the elegant Marquis of Shevraeth, it’s escape or die. Afterward, Meliara faces a tougher challenge: the battlefield is no longer mud and steel, but palaces, the weapons manners and fans. Toughest of all is courtship, when the one who catches her heart is an enemy.

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A Stranger to Command

A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$3.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-072-9

In this prequel to Crown Duel, Vidanric Renselaeus, fifteen-year-old Marquis of Shevraeth, finds himself sent across the continent to a military academy in Marloven Hess, a kingdom known for its violent history.

Vidanric is used to civilized life in pleasant Remalna — except that the evidence is increasingly clear that the civilization is only on the surface. Too many young, smart heirs have suffered accidents of late, and the evidence is beginning to point to the king, Galdran, who has grandiose plans for expansion.

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Senrid

Senrid by Sherwood Smith


by Sherwood Smith
$3.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-058-3

Senrid is a story of swashbuckling boys and girls, royal stakes, mysterious villains, high adventure and strange magic. Teen-aged king Leander Tlennen-Hess has barely ruled Vasande Leror a year when he and his step-sister Kyale (or Princess Kitty, as she wishes to be known) are surprised by two visitors. The first is an adventure-loving girl, Faline, who helps Leander defend his tiny kingdom from invasion by the menacing warrior kingdom Marloven Hess, using only imagination and a bit of magic. The second visitor is a nice, friendly boy… who asks too many questions about the recent defeat of those evil Marlovens.

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Fleeing Peace

Fleeing Peace by Sherwood Smith


The Siamis Enchantment
by Sherwood Smith
$4.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-054-5

Siamis said, “Your young friend Liere is not going to enjoy the trap she’s walking into, I fear. But you figured that out, did you not? Why didn’t she listen to you?”

“To snap her fingers under your nose,” Senrid retorted.

“Irresistible.” Siamis smiled gently. “But it’s going to cost.”

Fifteen-year-old Senrid is newly king of the difficult warrior kingdom Marloven Hess . . . just in time to lose it, and find himself running for his life with two kids who once were his enemies. When Senrid is captured he overhears a secret—one he can use against the enemy, if he can get to the right place at the right time.

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Remalna’s Children

Remalna's Children by Sherwood Smith

Two Novellas (post Crown Duel)
by Sherwood Smith
$2.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-147-4

The Crown Duel generation:

Two novelettes about Mel’s and Vidanric’s older two offspring, Prince Alaraec (“Court Ship”) and Elestra (“Beauty”).

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Over the Sea

Over the Sea by Sherwood Smith


CJ’s First Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-044-6

When Sherwood Smith was eight years old, a girl named Clair walked into her dreams, bringing hints of a world where girls could adventure, live on their own, and best of all, didn’t have to grow up.

Clair traveled about looking for girls who needed a home. She even came to Earth, where she found CJ, who did not fit. CJ found herself not only taken to another world to live, but she became the princess — Clair’s “left hand splat.” One of her jobs as princess was to write down their records. Another was to serve as leader for the girls when Clair was busy learning to become queen.

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Mearsies Heili Bounces Back

Mearsies Heili Bounces Back by Sherwood Smith


CJ’s Second Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-045-3

“I am Princess Cherene Jennet Sherwood of Mearsies Heili, hater of evil, foe to all villains, and wielder of the prune pie of justice!”

That’s how CJ Sherwood introduces herself when she lands into her craziest adventure yet. In this, the second volume of CJ’s records, she and her gang of friends gathered around the thirteen year old queen, Clair Sherwood, find themselves beset by magical spells and various villains. They still manage to have fun in the underground hideout in the middle of Mearsies Heili’s woodland.

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Poor World

Poor World by Sherwood Smith


CJ’s Fourth Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-046-0

If you have a hankering to experience the prune pie of justice, ask CJ or her gang of girls if they want to Save the World.

The Mearsiean girls around thirteen-year-old Queen Clair prefer their villains silly, their throwing pies gloppy, and their adventures fun. But what happens when you’ve gained a reputation for successfully outwitting villains twice your age and experience?

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Hunt across Worlds

Hunt across Worlds by Sherwood Smith



CJ’s Sixth Notebook
by Sherwood Smith
$2.50 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-052-1

First written when Sherwood Smith was a teen, the series called CJ’s Notebooks feature a gang of girls around thirteen-year-old Queen Clair of Mearsies Heili. The M girls, as they come to be known, prefer their villains silly, their throwing pies gloppy, and their adventures fun. But villains don’t ask first if the girls want to be dragged into dangerous escapades, so they’ve had more than their share.

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Wren to the Rescue

Wren to the Rescue by Sherwood Smith


Wren Series vol. 1
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-102-3

 

All her life Wren has hoped for an adventure. Now she has one—with a kidnapped princess, a handsome prince, and a magician. What does it matter if the princess is only Tess, her best friend from the orphanage; if the prince is a youngest son with no chance of becoming king; and the magician is an apprentice?

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Wren’s Quest

Wren's Quest by Sherwood Smith


Wren Series vol. 2
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-104-7

Wren thought she was an orphan. After discovering that she might have family, she spends her first vacation from Cantirmoor’s Magic School trying to find them. But her quest turns into a dangerous adventure, with robbers, guardsmen, and an angry sorcerer after her. And when her friend, young prince Connor Shaltar, begins to meddle with magic as well, things get entirely out of hand.

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Wren’s War

Wren's War by Sherwood Smith


Wren Series vol. 3
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-107-8

When the evil Andreus’s hunger for power leads to war, Wren and her friends are thrust into the middle of the struggle. Teressa is heir to the throne, Tyron her chief magicmaker, and Prince Connor a reluctant warrior. As allies die and others disappear, they must put aside their feelings for one another if they are to defeat the sorcerous Andreus.
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Wren Journeymage

Wren Journeymage by Sherwood Smith


Wren Series vol. 4
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-029-3

The first summer of peace brings Wren on her weekly visit to the young Queen Teressa, where she encounters the mocking, sinister Hawk Rhiscarlan riding in! Wren races to  warn Teressa, to discover he was invited. This causes the girls’ first argument.

Tyron gives Wren a chance to leave Meldreth by sending her on a new journeymage project, to find Connor on his wanderings.

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A Posse of Princesses

A Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith


by Sherwood Smith
$4.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-027-9

Rhis, princess of a small kingdom, is invited along with all the other princesses in her part of the world to the coming of age party of the Crown Prince of Vesarja, which is the central and most important kingdom. When Iardith, the prettiest and most perfect of all the princesses, is abducted, Rhis and her friends go to the rescue.

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Barefoot Pirate

Barefoot Pirate by Sherwood Smith - Cover Image


by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-053-8

With two bossy older sisters, Joe doesn’t like girls. Nan doesn’t have any friends.

Joe and Nan would never have spoken if they hadn’t both reached for the same odd little book on a shelf in their favorite part of the library, the adventure stories.

They agree to share it… and discover not just a story, but a promise that magic is real, and that someone from another world is needed to break a spell.

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Danse de la Folie

Danse de la Folie

by Sherwood Smith
$5.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-193-1

A light-hearted Regency folly, starring Miss Clarissa Harlowe who
wants a quiet life-but falls in love with a smuggler, the marquess of St. Tarval. Tarval’s sister, Lady Kitty, is determined to write a dramatic Gothic to save her brother’s mortgaged estate-if she can reach London. Clarissa’s much-pursued cousin, Mr. Philip Devereaux, is inexplicably intrigued by Lady Kitty, who is doing her best to encourage the match between him and Clarissa, except that Clarissa is now betrothed to . . . Lord Wilburfolde.
And so the madness of changing partners begins in the dance of love.

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Sartor

Sartor by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-192-4

In this sequel to The Spy Princess, Lilah, newly made a princess, teams up with Atan, the hidden princess of the oldest country in the world, Sartor. The girls set out to free Sartor from a century of enchantment.

Capture, escape, a forest beyond time, ancient beings, civilizations secreted in caves, and a deadly enemy await the girls. Atan knows that if she survives, the challenges facing a fifteen-year-old queen are only beginning.

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Excerpts from the Diary of a Henchminion

A Free Short Story
by Sherwood Smith

Summoned, posted to Zorgon’s castle yestereve.

Looks good. Ancient stonework—cool—damp—busy dungeon. Pretty sure I’ve seen Nargul, Zorgon’s toady, before. The rest of the lads seem a decent lot—average burliness, medium ugly, all fun-loving.

Stood around the dungeon swilling beer and exchanging coarse jokes while the new prisoners were brought in. Promising first day.

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Being Real

Being Real by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$0.99 (Novelette) ISBN 978-1-61138-176-4

Lys and her family win a chance to be a “real family” on reality TV. That means real money, desperately needed in the rotten economy these days, but they only get that money as long as they stay on the air. What can they do to be real enough to please the viewers?

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The Phoenix in Flight

The Phoenix in Flight by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge


Exordium – Book 1
by Sherwood Smith and Dave Trowbridge
$3.99 99¢ SALE PRICE
(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-059-0

Smith and Trowbridge describe the flavor of their five-book space opera Exordium as a cross between Star Wars and Dangerous Liaisons with a touch of the Three Stooges. With its fast-moving blend of humor and horror, of high-tech skiffy and the deep places of the human heart, The Phoenix in Flight launches the reader into a complex, multi-layered universe as Brandon nyr-Arkad, dissolute youngest son of the ruler of the Thousand Suns, abandons the life of Service planned for him and flees into the lawless Rift.

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The Passionate Café II

The Passionate Cafe II

A Romance Sampler from Book View Café
edited by Pati Nagle
$1.99 (Sampler) ISBN 978-1-61138-244-0

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‘Tis the season of romance…

Book View Café’s masters of romance offer a new selection of delectable tidbits to tantalize your taste for passion. Lovingly gathered into one convenient ebook, this array of samples from current romance and romantic novels by award-winning and bestselling writers is like a box of bon-bons. A sweet Regency delight, something dark and rich, a touch of the fantastic — which will you taste first?

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Beyond Grimm

Beyond Grimm ed Radford and Ross

Tales Newly Twisted
Edited by Deborah J. Ross and Phyllis Irene Radford
$4.99 (Anthology) 
ISBN 978-1-61138-155-9

Not your grandmother’s fairy tales…

From the far-ranging imaginations of Book View Café authors comes this delirious collection of classic tales newly twisted into dark, dangerous, and occasionally hilarious re-tellings. From the golden isles of Greece to the frozen north, from fairytale castles to urban slums, join us on an unforgettable journey!

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Brewing Fine Fiction

Brewing Fine Fiction edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle


Advice for Writers from the Authors
at Book View Café

edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff & Pati Nagle
$4.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-0-98284-403-8

“Check any bookstore and you’ll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in Brewing Fine Fiction; Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula LeGuin, to Deborah Ross’s comments on reviews, you’ll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can’t beat it.” — Mary Rosenblum, Longridge Writers Group Instructor

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Ways to Trash Your Writing Career

Ways to Trash Your Writing Career


The Wisdom of Book View Café
edited by Phyllis Irene Radford
$0.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-1-61138-087-3

With a dash of humor, Book View Café presents a review of the surest and fastest ways to bring your writing career to a screeching halt.

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Dragon Lords and Warrior Women

Dragon Lords and Warrior Women


edited by Phyllis Irene Radford
$4.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-0-98284-402-1

From the concrete canyons of the modern city to the halls of ancient kings, from deepest ocean to cosy homes in sprawling suburbs, nowhere and no one is immune to magic. But as many forms as magic takes, there always arrives a hero to accept the challenge, and sometimes, to pay the price.

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