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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Moon Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paladin’s Legacy Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781441839312
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The action continues fast and furious in this third installment of Elizabeth Moon’s celebrated return to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. This award-winning author has firsthand military experience and an imagination that knows no bounds. Combine those qualities with an ability to craft flesh-and-blood characters, and the result is the kind of speculative fiction that engages both heart and mind. All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why? Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri’s most trusted captains. When renegade Verrakaien attack two of Dorrin’s squires, suspicion and prejudice combine to place Dorrin’s life at risk — and the king’s claim to the throne in peril. But even greater danger is looming. The wild offspring of a dragon are on the loose, sowing death and destruction and upsetting the ancient balance of power between dragonkind, humans, elves, and gnomes. A collision seems inevitable. Yet when it comes, it will be utterly unexpected — and all the more devastating for it. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is an excellent series, and Echoes of Betrayal is particularly well done. Elizabeth Moon is a consistently entertaining writer, and this book lives up to her standards.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Rousing action and intriguing plot twists.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 2/15/2014

    " I feel dismayed and tricked that now there are FIVE books in this sequel series--so no resolution to any of the storylines. Which are getting more interesting, but also more fragmented. Sometimes it feels like no-one's getting anywhere. I'll keep reading to find out how it all ends but I'm getting a little impatient... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 1/21/2014

    " Another entry in what has become a really excellent fantasy series. Some of my complaints of the previous book hold true with this one - split narrative, abrupt, inconclusive ending, etc. - but I've come to accept that the whole series is, unrepentantly, just one very long book published in sections. It may hinder the appreciation of each of those sections somewhat if read as they're published, but when it's finished, it's going to be one helluva wonderful (overall probably 5 star) book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lian Tanner | 1/20/2014

    " Much of the joy of these books is Moon's wonderful world-building and the very convincing characters she creates. The exciting moments are there, of course, but it's the slowly unfolding stories that are so compelling, and the lives of the characters, who by now feel like old friends. The level of detail is perfect and the focus is slightly different with each book - so with this one we get a lot more of Arvid Semminson that we have previously. And I LOVE the dragon. Can't wait for the next book, which comes out in June. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Royan | 1/10/2014

    " At first a bit confusing since it's been awhile since the last one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bjørnar Tuftin | 12/31/2013

    " Elizabeth Moon hasn't disappointed me yet, and doesn't do so with this book. I can barely wait for the final two books in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/18/2013

    " I love E. Moon. This one had a cliff-hanger ending so now I'm dying for the next book. All the story lines are great. I especially love the one about Dorrin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth S | 12/12/2013

    " Just as good as the others in the series. As others have said, the ending is such that makes one long for the next book to take no time to write, no time to edit, and no time to produce. I know I wish in vain. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/7/2013

    " Even more middle-booky than the last one (it just sort of starts, goes on for a while, and then stops, rather than having a proper arc), but she has a gift for making me care about whatever she's writing about, so I kept turning the pages, and then I ran out of pages, and now I am sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewi Gilamichael | 10/6/2013

    " She continues a well developed story with characters that we know and love.Definitely part of a series. You cannot read this as a stand-alone book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Lane | 9/18/2013

    " Sci-fi fantasy. I read this out of order, and I would think it more satisfying were it read in turn. I intend to read the others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/8/2013

    " I absolutely love this series! I'm in suspense until the next one comes out... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/15/2013

    " Another great book from Ms Moon! I am anxious to get the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Bass | 12/21/2012

    " Meh. It keeps going and going and growing and growing. I have no idea how long this series is supposed to be, but it's three volumes already and we're still waiting to learn what the big issues are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Paxton | 10/21/2012

    " I thought this was supposed to be a trilogy... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 9/30/2012

    " A good read, I fooled myself as I have mised a couple of books in between that I'll have to chase up, but it has followed on well from Sheepfarmers Daughter and the other Paks books, following the other characters of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 4/9/2012

    " Awesome! Another excellent book in the series -- and I am **REALLY** glad the Book IV of the "Paladin's Legacy" series is already in the pipeline! "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon, a former marine, is the author of many novels, including Echoes of Betrayal, Kings of the North, Oath of Fealty, Trading in Danger, the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Van Dyck has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. She has been in new plays by Keith Bunin, Ellen McLaughlin, Catherine Filloux, Douglas Post, A. R. Gurney, and Albert Innaurato. Her film and television credits include Series 7, States of Control, Bullets over Broadway, numerous Law & Order episodes, Ed, Spin City, and The Education of Max Bickford.