Inda & Banner
So far, the history comprises the four Inda books and Banner of the Damned 400 years later.
Indevan Algara-Vayir is the second son of a powerful prince, destined to stay at home and defend his family’s castle. Inda is sent to the Royal Academy where he learns the art of war and finds that danger and intrigue don’t only come from outside the kingdom—and that one can find oneself on the outside, fighting the dangers that do exist there.
Indevan Algara-Vayir is taken by pirates—and pirates are taken by him. As Inda and his group sail against the Brotherhood of Blood, using the pirates’ own ships and tactics, Inda has cause to wonder just what a pirate is. Meanwhile, his actions have caught the eye of the powerful Venn, who bestir themselves at last; and close at hand is Fox, someone from home, whose strength and will matches Inda’s—but whose goals are utterly different.
Indevan Algara-Vayir comes home after nine years of exile. Two of his friends go with him, expecting anything but the welcome he gets. But with the welcome comes the poignancy of change. Inda has no time to assimilate it. His purpose in breaking exile was to report what the Marlovans had been expecting for years: imminent invasion by the powerful (and unbeaten) Venn. The king is now Inda’s old friend Sponge, only he too has changed, burdened by the responsibility of a ruined kingdom. Inda finds himself at the head of an army, his childhood academy mates—second brothers all—are now the Sier Danas, the king’s commanders, because the older generation of leaders are all dead. Everyone looks to Inda to lead—but he’s never even seen a land battle. Meanwhile, the Venn plan and execute their invasion, though its motivations become increasingly murky, as fissures form in their own government. And as the two armies clash, Inda’s fleet—built and honed by Fox—waits on the other side of the world.
Inda and his wife Tdor move to the royal city, as Inda takes his place beside King Evred as Harskialdna, the King’s Shield. But the Venn are far from defeated and only Inda’s fame is strong enough to inspire all the squabbling kingdoms to ally and raise a force centered around his Fox Banner Fleet. Inda and Fox know that this alliance is not enough, hasn’t been trained, but they have to face the Venn anyway. They also know that if they survive, Evred expects Inda to take over the strait for everyone’s own good. Tau thinks he has a solution; Tdor and Hadand work hard at home, waiting on news from afar…and Jeje still really hates kings. That actually becomes important during the most excruciating battle of Inda’s life—not one of steel, but of wit.
Takes places 400 years after the Inda stories, carrying forward some threads: Emras is on trial for her life, and this is her testimony.
Princess Lasva, justly famed across the continent for her style, lives for love. Unfortunately, princesses do not have the luxury of choosing love over politics. Thus she finds herself on the other side of the continent, newly wed to the prince of Marloven Hesea, a kingdom very, very different from Colend, her homeland.
Emras, Lasva’s personal scribe, is ordered by Colend’s queen to watch for signs of Norsunder’s magic, as there are dire rumors about Marloven Hesea. But Emras knows nothing about magic, and the mages she consults scold her for not going through proper channels
So when Emras finds a willing tutor, and Lasva tries to use Colendi diplomacy to avert Marloven war, life gets really complicated. That’s before the real threat emerges.
Here is a brief timeline of the stories. Note, the early ones in modern times are about kids, and so for kid readers.
The Young Adult portion of my story universe is here—which includes stuff about Crown Duel, the first one of that storyline in print, and its prequel, A Stranger to Command, among others.
I did an interview about Banner of the Damned on the Skiffy and Fanty Show.
Here is a list of the main characters for Inda.
Here is a list of the main characters for The Fox.
Here is a list of the main characters for King’s Shield.
Here is more detail about the world, its history, its paradigm.
The map of Marloven Hesea made it into Banner but COLEND didn’t, so here it is.
Here is some stuff about the ships at this time in the southern hemisphere of Inda’s world.
Here is a very general timeline up to the present day—spoilers abound for the historical books.
Here is a wiki some fans set up, and I try to keep it up to date. But I am extremely limited by my rudimentary tech knowledge, so maps from the atlas aren’t getting online, for example, though I have pages of them.