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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Moon Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paladin’s Legacy Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781441839251
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Elizabeth Moon returns to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter — Paks for short — in this second volume of a new series filled with all the bold imaginative flights, meticulous world-building, realistic military action, and deft characterization that readers have come to expect from this award-winning author. In Kings of the North, Moon is working at the very height of her storytelling powers. Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large. Kieri is being hounded to marry and provide the kingdom with an heir — but that is the least of his concerns. A strange rift has developed between him and his grandmother and co-ruler, the immortal elven queen known as the Lady. More problematic is the ex-pirate Alured, who schemes to seize Kieri’s throne for himself — and Mikeli’s, too, while he’s at it. Meanwhile, to the north, the aggressive kingdom of Pargun seems poised to invade. Now, as war threatens to erupt from without and within, the two kings are dangerously divided. Old alliances and the bonds of friendship are about to be tested as never before. And a shocking discovery will change everything. Download and start listening now!

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

    " It's very middle-bookish, and I prefer middle books when I have the third right there. Some plot threads are rushed, some plod, but all in all pretty enjoyable. It tickles me when Moon owns her D&D-campaign setting - at one point, a character spends a couple of sentences optimising her equipment before going on an actualfax dungeon crawl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor Pettengill | 1/21/2014

    " Wonderful, book 2 of the sequel series to Paksenarrion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hazel | 1/17/2014

    " This is the sequel to Oath of Fealty. Fair, but I find Moon's characterisation flagging. In truth, she has only one voice for her lead characters and so it's hard to tell them apart. (This is the plain-spoken, honest, practical working man/woman, facing his/her troubles with fortitude). I find it particularly marked when I consider her women characters, who are also particularly admirable, even noble. Well, Moon and I admire the same virtues, but this does not make a good novel. And life is rather more complex, after all. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 1/14/2014

    " The continuation of the story. Moon's writing is very black and white but she's done her research and the writing is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 1/10/2014

    " I really like this author- very interesting writing. I love seeing the growth in her characters. Now I need to go back and read the true beginning of the story with her first three books of this series. I picked up Oath of Fealty as a new release not knowing it was a continuation of a story. I want to know the details of what happened to her characters in those books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/7/2014

    " Mmmmm ... disappointing, I'm afraid. After Oath of Fealty was so effortlessly good, this second book exchanges political and economic complexities for a overreliance on obscure magical incident. Not coincidentally, the story of Luap is frequently invoked (mostly with people saying "Does this have anything to do with Luap?" and "I don't know if this has anything to do with that fortress Paks found ..."), and that's by far the weakest fantasy book Moon has ever written, mostly because there's no practical real-world problems to solve, just a bunch of incantations to mutter. Here's hoping book three returns to form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ | 1/2/2014

    " King Keiri Phelan of Lyonya is tired of everyone telling him he needs a heir. He refuses to marry someone who is young he wants someone he can talk too. He wonders why everyone is pushing this issue so much. He hears rumors of war from Pargun and tries to prepare his council and his people. Duke Dorrin Verrakai of Tsaia also hears rumors of war to the South while trying to clear her land and the kingdom of her evil Verrakaien Magelords. King Mikeli of Tsaia wants rid of Verrakaien Magelords but also hears rumors of war to the south from reliable sources. Captain Arcolin is in the South yet trying to return to Tsaia before Fall Evener. Captain learns more about the problems in the South probably caused by Alured the Black. Sergeant Stammel is blind yet has learned a new skill crossbow with deadly accuracy. Captain Arcolin soon to be Count Arcolin meet up with Duke Verrakai in Verella along with Sergeant Stammel. Duke Verrakai thinks she can help Sergeant Stammel's blindness. Meanwhile in Chaya, King Keiri believes he has found the one he wants to marry Arian, a King's Squire, but the Lady disagrees. Will King Keiri finally marry? Does Count Arcolin believe there will be war? What about King Mikeli? Can Duke Verrakai really help Sergeant Stammel? Your answers await you in Kings of the North. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 12/31/2013

    " Excited for book #3! I can't remember the last time I liked all the characters in a book as complex as this. Great stories, great characters, great writing, clean, creative and compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 12/26/2013

    " Pretty good addition to the series, although, I felt the ending was rather abrupt. Leaving room for a sequel are we? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Frank | 11/5/2013

    " Loved it.. can't wait for next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 9/10/2013

    " I love that I can come back to the world of Paks. Great new and old characters and the changes they are going through. Can't wait for the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Maidment | 7/12/2013

    " a pleasant enough read but nothing felt completed and I felt the story was half told when it ended. I needed more to feel like it was a satisfying read but nor airw if I could have read more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/19/2013

    " The only bad thing about finishing the book is waiting for the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Golombek | 2/21/2013

    " Lots of plot development, less character development that the other books by Moon I've read. Or rather, a lot of character development but spread across a large cast of characters instead of just a few as in prior books. But it's a nice quick read and still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/29/2013

    " Definitely not the end of the story. Picks up where Oath of Fealty stopped and carries the tale forward. Much broader cast of characters than in the Paksenarrion trilogy, more development of the world. Will be interesting to see what comes in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Dobbs | 8/16/2012

    " You know you're in a good book when you stay up late to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/6/2011

    " A good read, but it didn't engage me quite as much as Oath of Fealty did. A couple of the plot devices were a bit odd, and the foreshadowing with the elves became slightly irritating when it just kept on happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/19/2011

    " Definitely not the end of the story. Picks up where Oath of Fealty stopped and carries the tale forward. Much broader cast of characters than in the Paksenarrion trilogy, more development of the world. Will be interesting to see what comes in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 4/24/2011

    " You know you're in a good book when you stay up late to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guna | 4/14/2011

    " This is the fifth book in the Deeds of Paksenarrion series. As all the others, Kings of the North held my interest all the way through. Elizabeth Moon writes great fantasy books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 3/25/2011

    " Much better than the first book in this series, but not at all as good as the Deed Of Paksinarrion. I enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenica | 3/25/2011

    " Better than Oath of Fealty, which felt rushed and unfinished as it tried to set up so many story lines and yet provide a novel's structure and climax. This one had more meat to it, and the intertwining stories grabbed me and held on. Can't wait for the next one! "

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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

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.