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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,341 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:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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