Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, teaching history, literature, drama, and dance. Before that she worked in the film industry for several years. She writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and young readers; she has been working on the Sartorias-deles fantasy series all her life, beginning with the CJ Notebooks, then continuing on as her main protagonists began to grow up and become active in the world.

Though known primarily as a fantasy writer, Sherwood along with author Dave Trowbridge  collaborated on Exordium, a five-volume space opera, with Rachel Manija Brown on the young adult “hopeful dystopia” series called The Change, and with Andre Norton on four books listed elsewhere.

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Lily and Crown

Lily and Crown by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$2.95 (Novella) ISBN 978-1-61138-853-4

“Lily and Crown” proves that diplomacy is war by other means as character dance on a graceful reel through power-plays, treachery and clashing cultures, leading to changes for two powerful kingdoms and the birth of a third.

The origin story of Colend, center of style in Sherwood Smith’s world Sartorias-deles

Sartorias-deles history arc

“Lily and Crown”

Inda

The Fox

King’s Shield

Treason’s Shore

Time of Daughters I

Time of Daughters II

Banner of the Damned

Originally published in the anthology IT HAPPENED AT THE BALL, by Book View Cafe (2018)

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Time of Daughters, I

Time of Daughters by Sherwood Smith

Time of Daughters I
by Sherwood Smith
$2.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-840-4
A BVC Original

In a time of change and danger, peace sparks to war, and sons become daughters…

It’s nearly a century after the death of Inda, the unbeatable Marlovan commander.

Danet and Arrow, content in their arranged marriage, just want to live in peaceful obscurity and raise their family. But when a treaty sends them to the royal city to meet the heir to the throne, they discover that peace is fragile, old enemies have long memories, and what you want isn’t always what you get.

By the time they learn that you can’t go back again, events ignite a conflagration that no one could have foreseen–except for the ghosts who walk the walls in the royal city.

This is the first half of an epic story of politics, war, family and magic set a century after the INDA series.

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Time of Daughters II

Time of Daughters II by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$5.95 (Novel)
ISBN 978-1-61138-844-2

A BVC Original

In a time of rising danger, women go to war, and ghosts walk the walls…

A few years have passed since the Night of Four Kings, when the least expected candidates for rulership found themselves in charge of a disintegrating kingdom.

The two princes, fresh from the military academy, are dispatched to patrol the troubled area until they find themselves under attack by an idle noble with an eye to kingship.

Their loyalty to one another is strong, but what happens when one brother discovers a taste for war and the other a loathing for it?

Matters of marriage and love tangle up with the threat of war. But the greatest threat of all comes when the world’s strongest army faces enemies from within.

This is the concluding half of an epic story of love, the cost of power, and a glimpse of the weird, as ghosts walk the walls, set in the world of Sartorias-deles.

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Senrid

Senrid by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-058-3

So what do you do when you’re fifteen, supposedly king of one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world,  and 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, wants to see you dead?

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Spy Princess

Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel)
ISBN 978-1-61138-914-2

12-year-old Lilah asks, Why are the kingdom’s magic spells fading? But her uncle the king only wants a stronger army. Why are the kids outside the palace gates ragged and hungry? But the king keeps raising taxes. Her older brother Peitar, the king’s heir, spends more time writing mysterious letters than talking to her. And her father just wants her to learn court manners.

Since everyone is ignoring her, Lilah disguises herself and slips over the walls to befriend those ragged kids. She learns that revolution is fermenting, led by the charismatic young commoner Derek. And Lilah is shocked to learn that her scholarly brother is allied with Derek.

The revolution ignites into chaos and violence. Lilah and her friends are determined to help however they can. But what can four kids do? Become spies, of course! Chases and disguises, captures and trials lead to a wild climax, with Lilah right in the middle.

First published by Viking, and a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, this young adult fantasy has been completely revised for the Book View Cafe edition.

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Sartor

Sartor by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (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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Fleeing Peace

Fleeing Peace by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (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. When Senrid is captured he overhears a secret—one he can use against the enemy,  a charismatic, handsome man named Siamis who can read minds, and who enchants people just by talking to them.

Liere has always known she was special, which just increased her loneliness and sense of isolation. She can hear others’ thoughts, and she senses the real emotions below the façade. When a golden-haired man named Siamis comes to her village and enchants the entire town around her, she finds herself on the run.

Chased by powerful enemies, Liere and Senrid are tested to the max as they form an alliance of kids to aid them, and gain magical support from surprising sources.

Neither ever expected to discover something even more powerful than magic: friendship.

Fleeing Peace is the first in the series that ties together all the kids who became the Young Allies against the coming Norsunder War.

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A Stranger to Command

A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95
(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-072-9

Vidanric Renselaeus, Marquis of Shevraeth, is a courtly, well-mannered teen coached in the noble art of dueling. Growing up in a court that on the surface seems civilized under an increasingly despotic king, he is sent by his father to the infamous military academy in Marloven Hess. He expects to be reading theories about statecraft, but finds that he is going to learn about military command from the inside–and finally, what it really means to be king.

In this prequel set some years before CROWN DUEL, the reader learns what made the elegant Vidanric into the enigmatic Marquis of Shevraeth.

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Crown Duel

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

Hardcover edition from Ingram

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (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 her personal enemy—the new king.

This beloved romantic fantasy has been in continuous print for over twenty years. The definitive edition is corrected, with additional material in six much-requested inserts from the hero’s point of view.

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The Trouble with Kings

The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-497-0

“With music you can tell the truth about human experience.”

 In this romantic fantasy set in the same world as Crown Duel, Flian is an ordinary princess who would rather be left with her music, but gets abducted not once, not twice–three times!

What is a civilized princess to do? Especially when she can’t tell which prince is the hero and which the villain . . .

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Sasharia En Garde

Sasharia en Garde by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-546-5

Sasha’s mother, Sun, was once swept away by a real prince, but not to happily ever after.Her prince vanished, and a wicked king took the throne. Since then, Sasha and Sun have been hiding on Earth, both training in martial arts until Sasha is tricked into going back to Khanerenth.

She’s more than ready to kick some bad-guy butt, but is the stylish pirate Zathdar the bad guy? Or artistic, dreamy Prince Jehan, son of the wicked king?

REVIEW:

“Warning: This title contains a kick-butt mother-daughter team, a wicked king, a witty pirate with an unfortunate taste for neon colors, inept resistance fighters, a dreamy prince who gallops hither and yon, and a kick-butt princess-in-waiting.” —Valerie’s Reviews

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Remalna’s Children

Remalnas Children by Sherwood Smith

Two Novellas (post Crown Duel)
by Sherwood Smith
$3.00 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-147-4

The Crown Duel second generation:

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

In the latter, the middle child, who thinks of herself as the plain one of the three Renselaeus siblings, goes into the throne room to look at a tree, and meets a beautiful villain. Thus begins a duel of wits with unexpected results.

In “Court Ship” (se after the Norsunder War) Prince Raec and his best friend, Nadav, heir to the duchy of Savona, go on a mission to court a princess. Both boys get distracted… but the princess is determined to keep them on task. A dance of diplomacy and romance ensues.

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Stranger

Stranger by Rachel Manjia Brown and Sherwood Smith

The Change Series: Book One
by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith
$2.95
(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-743-8

Welcome to the post-apocalyptic frontier town of Las Anclas, where the sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins bristle with deadly crystal trees. In the deserts outside of town, teenage prospector Ross Juarez’s best find ever – an ancient book he doesn’t know how to read – nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble.

Originally published by Viking (2014)

FROM THE MANY ENTHUSIASTIC REVIEWS:

“…The five dynamic narrators and action-packed plot deliver thrills while slyly undermining genre cliches. A first-rate page turner that leaves its own compelling afterimage.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

The Change Series:

Stranger
Hostage
Rebel
Traitor (forthcoming)

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Hostage

Hostage by Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown

The Change Series: Book Two
by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-471-0

Welcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In Las Anclas, the skull-faced sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can speed up time, and the squirrels can teleport sandwiches out of your hands.

In book one, Stranger, teenage prospector Ross Juarez stumbled into town half-dead, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble—including an invasion by Voske, the king of Gold Point. The town defeated Voske’s army, with the deciding blow struck by Ross, but at a great cost.
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Rebel

Rebel: The Change Book 3 by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

The Change Series: Book Three
by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-567-0
A BVC Original

Welcome back to Las Anclas, a frontier town in the post-apocalyptic Wild West. In this perilous landscape, a schoolboy can create earthquakes, poisonous cloud vipers flock in the desert skies, and the beaches are stalked by giant mind-controlling lobsters.

The tyrant king Voske has been defeated, but all is not peaceful in Las Anclas. Ross’s past comes back to haunt him, Jennie struggles with her new career, Mia faces her fears, Felicité resorts to desperate measures to keep her secrets, Kerry wonders if Las Anclas has really seen the last of her father, and shy Becky Callahan may hold the key to a dangerous mystery.

In Rebel, long-held secrets of past and present are revealed, family ties can strangle as well as sustain, and the greatest peril threatening Las Anclas comes from inside its walls.

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Lhind the Thief

Lhind #1
by Sherwood Smith
$4.95
(Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-292-1

Lhind has been on the run all her life.

Stealing what she needs, using magic for disguise, she never stays anywhere long. Lhind even has secrets from herself, for she has few memories, and those are troubling.

But life is good until she gets caught by Rajanas the warrior-prince, Thianra the bard, and Hlanan the scribe. And that’s when adventure begins, because someone very powerful wants them all dead.

As they evade pursuit and work to uncover their enemies, Lhind struggles with the invisible bonds of friendship and trust, while Hlanan begins uncovering her secrets one by one.

Then she finds that he has secrets, too.

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Lhind the Spy

Lhind #2

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-520-5
A BVC Original

Lhind has gone from castoffs to silks, back alleys to palace halls.

And she is not having an easy time of it.

In this young adult fantasy, second in the series, Lhind is struggling to make a place for herself before she’s snatched by an angry prince determined to turn her over to the enemy who frightens her most, the sinister Emperor Jardis Dhes-Andis.

When her own dear Hlanan comes to rescue her, it’s Lhind who has to do the rescuing, setting off a wild chase to fend off mercenaries and then to confront an entire army intent on invasion.

Lhind and Hlanan try to negotiate the perilous waters of a relationship while on the run—straight into a trap.

Just when Lhind is beginning to figure out where she might fit into the world, she finds herself alone again, surrounded by enemies, in one of the most dangerous courts in the world.

And she begins to find out who she really is.

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Lhind the Firebird

Lhind the Firebird by Sherwood Smith

Lhind #3
by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-898-5
A BVC Original

The dramatic conclusion to the Lhind young adult fantasy series!

When Lhind’s beloved Hlanan is taken by Shinjan slavers, she leaves her self-imposed exile to rush to the rescue. But first she must face a dragon, and learn world-changing truths about herself.

Meanwhile, halfway across the world, imprisoned Hlanan labors to liberate fellow slaves of the evil Shinjan empire. Before they meet again, both must explore the difficult dimensions of honor, trust, and love.

Failure means death. Success, bringing down two murderous tyrants–and forever changing the world.

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A Posse of Princesses

A Posse of Princesses by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-027-9

Rhis is sixteen, romantic, a princess of the tiny kingdom of Nym.

Nothing ever happens in Nym, until she receives an invitation to a celebration for Prince Lios of Vesarja, the largest kingdom around.

Lios is as handsome as Rhis hoped, and she falls instantly in love, just like in her favorite songs. But life isn’t like the songs–none of her friends are happy, and then there is the Perfect Princess, Iardith, who keeps occupying Lios’s time.

Rhis does her best to fix things for her friends, as she pursues her romantic ideal . . . and then the Perfect Princess is abducted.

Of course Rhis must go to the rescue . . . the princes right behind her.

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Wren to the Rescue

Wren to the Rescue by Sherwood Smith

Wren Series vol. 1
by Sherwood Smith
$3.95 (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?

Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may end her life as a human forever!

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Wren’s Quest

Wren's Quest by Sherwood Smith

Wren Series vol. 2
by Sherwood Smith
$3.95 (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.

Meanwhile, back in Cantirmoor, Wren’s best friend, Princess Teressa, is trying to get used to courtly life. Not so easy, especially when someone is causing trouble in Cantirmoor — not only between courtiers, but magical trouble. And Tyron, her friend, is involved.

It takes all four friends to solve this mystery.

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Wren’s War

Wren's War by Sherwood Smith

Wren Series vol. 3
by Sherwood Smith
$3.95 (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.

They know they need magic to save them. Can they turn the bloody tide?

NY Public Library Best Books for Teen Age List, 1995; Finalist for Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature, 1995. Anne Spencer Lindbergh Honor Book, 1996.

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Wren Journeymage

Wren Journeymage by Sherwood Smith

Wren Series vol. 4
by Sherwood Smith
$3.95 (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.

When Wren vanishes, her scry stone abandoned, Teressa veers between regret over the argument, worry about Wren, and the conflict between challenge and attraction as Hawk skillfully upsets her court.

Once again the four—Wren, Teressa, Connor, and Tyron—find themselves deep in adventure, not only magical and courtly, but the dangerous adventure of romance.

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The Wren Omnibus

The Wren Omnibus by Sherwood Smith

The Wren Series: Books 1-4
by Sherwood Smith
$9.95 (Novel Omnibus) ISBN 978-1-61138-735-3

For the first time, all the award-winning Wren Adventures in one ebook format.

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? Wren leads the other three over mountains and past killing spells, fighting battles along the way. But then she finds herself up against some shape-changing magic that may end her life as a human forever!

Now, for the first time, all four of Wren’s adventures in one ebook format. Includes WREN TO THE RESCUE, WREN’S QUEST, WREN’S WAR, and WREN JOURNEYMAGE.

First three originally published by Jane Yolen Books, HBJ

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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 wishes for escape and adventure. Nan doesn’t have any friends, and is desperate to escape her bleak world.

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.

When the magic works, Joe is delighted to find himself in another world, one without school, homework—or obnoxious sisters.

Nan is even more thrilled, and determined to create a new life for her past, she tells a very small lie about her past … that she’s a princess.

Do they want to join Blackeye’s gang of pirate kids, who are determined to rescue an enchanted prince?

Pirates—orphan gangs—magic—castles—and spies abound as Nan and Joe discover magic and adventure… and who they really are.

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Danse de la Folie

Danse de la Folie by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95
(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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Rondo Allegro

Rondo Allegro by Sherwood Smith

by Sherwood Smith
$4.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-428-4

In Palermo, sixteen-year-old singer-in-training Anna Maria Ludovisi is married by her dying father to Captain Henry Duncannon, the Perennial Bachelor. Minutes after the wedding he sets sail.

The threat of French invasion causes Anna to flee to Paris. At the end of the Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte is transforming France; Anna must transform herself into a professional singer in order to survive.

In 1805, Anna’s opera company is traveling through Spain when events bring the long-missing Captain Duncannon and his forgotten wife back together again, as the English, Spanish, and French fleets converge for battle off the Cape of Trafalgar.

For Henry Duncannon as well as Anna, everything changes: the demands of war, the obligation of family, the meaning of love, and the concept of home. Can they find a new life together?

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Fair Winds and Homeward Sail

Fair Winds and Homeward Sail by Sherwood Smith

Sophy Croft’s Story
by Sherwood Smith
$2.95 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-555-7
A BVC Original

Sophy Croft, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, gets her own story.

One of Jane Austen’s best-loved books is Persuasion, and of the characters in it, among the most popular are Sophy and Admiral Croft, dashing Frederick Wentworth’s sister and brother-in-law.

In this short novel, Sherwood Smith takes a look at what the Wentworths’ lives might have been like before they met the Elliots, and Sophy’s view of Anne Elliot’s and Frederick Wentworth’s stormy relationship–and how she might have had a hand in bringing about that happy ending.

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Jane Austen After

Jane Austen After by Sherwood Smith

Three sequels and a fantasia
by Sherwood Smith
$2.95 (Collection) ISBN 978-1-61138-556-4
A BVC Original

Three sequels to Jane Austen novels, and one fantasy story about Miss Austen herself.

Jane Austen herself, according to her family, used to speculate on the future of her characters.
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