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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (23 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: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441839053
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In the original trilogy starring Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, headstrong daughter of a farmer on the north edge of the kingdom, Paks follows her dream of becoming a hero out of legend by running away to join the army. Military life and warfare aren't anything like she imagined . . . yet she holds to both her duty and her dreams. Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold tell of her rise to become the paladin who saves a kingdom. In this new trilogy, Paks's former comrades in Duke Phelan's Company assume new roles and the story turns to follow their adventures. Thanks to Paks's courage and sacrifice, the long-vanished heir to the half-elven kingdom of Lyonya has been revealed as Kieri Phelan, a formidable mercenary captain who earned a title--and enemies--in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia. Now, as Kieri ascends a throne he never sought, he must come to terms with his own half-elven heritage while protecting his new kingdom from his old enemies--and those he has not yet discovered. Meanwhile, in Tsaia, Prince Mikeli prepares for his own coronation. But when an assassination attempt nearly succeeds, Mikeli suddenly faces the threat of a coup. Acting swiftly, Mikeli strikes at the powerful family behind the attack: the Verrakaien, magelords possessing ancient sorcery, steeped in death and evil. Mikeli's survival--and that of Tsaia--depend on the only Verrakai whose magery is not tainted with innocent blood. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in the history of their world. For dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister--and far more ancient--than they can imagine. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Cato | 1/29/2014

    " This brand new book in the Paksennarion series takes place where Oath of Gold left off. Unlike the previous books, this one does not focus on Paks; instead, we follow several familiar characters as their lives take unexpected turns. Kieri Phelan leaves behind his mercenary company and delves into the truth of his half-elven heritage as he nears his coronation as king of Lyonya. Meanwhile, dark magic lurks in Tsaia. The Verrakaien magelords are held responsible, and all their kin are stripped of land and title--all except for Dorrin Verrakai, one of Phelan's mercenary captains and long estranged from her family. Dorrin must face the darkness of her past and utilize her own untrained magic if she's to cleanse her family's land of taint.[return][return]At 500 pages, this book was a fast and enjoyable read. I'm a big fan of Moon's books; I read the original Paks and Gird books last year, and then her scifi Vatta's War series a few months ago. Moon's writing skill has increased since she first created Paks' world twenty years ago. Oath of Fealty features the interwoven threads and political intrigue like her Vatta's War books, but in a fantasy setting. That's not a complaint.[return][return]Reading this felt like sitting down to talk with friends I haven't seen in a long time. I look forward to the release of the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/28/2014

    " Great return to the Paksenarrion series. Elizabeth Moon returns to her classic series without missing a beat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenica Rogers | 1/21/2014

    " I re-read this on the train to IL, and I had the same feeling the second time -- "wait, it ends *there*?"I know this is the start of a new series, but it lacked the kind of talent for pacing that I expect from Moon. The stories, worldbuilding, and characters, though -- they all have me hooked. I just hope Moon gets her flawless crafting of the whole package back in line for the next one. "

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

    " Good book over all, but had a few issues with it as a whole. Simpleton writing to say the least. Is much similar to other sword and sorcery kind of writing, but with a different twist and turns. Some good character development, and interesting story line. May read next in series, but don't know. "

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

    " I really enjoyed the Paksenrrion trilogy from several years ago and quite enjoyed this addition to the series. It was nice to see some of the more beoved characters take center stage and see how their life is turning out. It also seems the ending was left open for future books. Yay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 12/30/2013

    " Started off a bit shakey but got better as it went along. Not as good as the 1st Paksennarion trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/1/2013

    " The beginning of a new trilogy continuing in the Deed of Paksennarion universe, but with Paks as a minor side character. This focuses on Duke Phelan, now King of Lyonya, and Captains Arcolin and Dorrin. I'm really looking forward to the publication of Book 2, due out Spring 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindig | 11/17/2013

    " Nice to see Paks again after all these years. Lots of exposition but it's all interesting. Dorrin should have gotten more time. The book seemed to end abruptly with several things left unresolved. Perhaps this means another in the series will be coming soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 10/22/2013

    " It is nice to be able to return to Paks' universe. This time it is different, however, as the viewpoint is not limited to Paks, but spread over many players. The threads are spun for sequals, so I look forward to spending more time here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Bass | 10/18/2013

    " Better written than the earlier books, but really just an intro to what is coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaycee | 10/4/2013

    " I liked the story but I didn't care for the narrator. Her delivery was very choppy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andre | 5/12/2013

    " A return to the world of Paksenarrion. A very (very) black and white christian influenced fantasy. The writing is correct but gets preachy a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libbet | 3/23/2013

    " Start of second trilogy. Definitely feels like it ends mid-stream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 9/29/2012

    " Good solid epic fantasy, but it's no The Deed of Paksenarrion. Also not a complete book, but more just setting up the plot threads for the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnette | 3/31/2012

    " Right up there with the Paksenarrion series and a must read to see how the story continues with all the characters we have grown so attached to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 10/7/2011

    " After 20 years, a new volume in a series generally fails to fit in. But Elizabeth Moon manages to keep the energy and spirit of the earlier books intact as she picks up the threads of the lives of the people left behind when the Duke becomes King of another country. Well-written and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 8/16/2011

    " The long awaited sequel to the Deed of Paksenarrion. In this book, we follow the characters of now King Kieri, Captain Arcolin, Captain Dorrin, and Crown Prince Mikeli. Paks shows up as a minor character as well. The novel is action-packed and full of intrigue from beginning to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 7/21/2011

    " I loved getting back to Moon's fantasy. This book was excellent. "

  • 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

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.