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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:
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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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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