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Oath of Fealty | [Elizabeth Moon]

Oath of Fealty

Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Eliza NC, United States 08-07-13
    Eliza NC, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2010

    thoughtful reader/listener/viewer

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    "Many stories to keep track of"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Somewhat like the first Paksenarrion book, it's hard to tell just where this one is going. We have two or three characters' stories to follow. Eventually the focus does seem to fall more on one of them, but I'm not sure even Moon knew which it would be, at first.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's not my favorite narrator, but she has improved over the course of these novels and I'm accustomed to her style.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would make a great movie--the cuts between locations and characters would work quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, I enjoyed listening to this book and plan to continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stan Lakewood, Ohio, United States 11-22-12
    Stan Lakewood, Ohio, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic is a verb

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    "Welcome back to the World of Pax"

    Bias note: I a huge fan of The Deed of Paksenarrion, so I'm pre-disposed to love this series, which I do. Her writing and attention to detail, thinking through the various issues as world events collide around her characters is simply so well done. This is a solid production, and I'll certainly get the next books in the series.

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    Lynne 02-08-12
    Lynne 02-08-12
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    "Does not match up to series 1"

    I was disappointed in this new series - somehow Moon missed capturing the characters - in the first series I cared about their fate, not so much in this one!

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    Susan Jefferson, MA, United States 03-04-13
    Susan Jefferson, MA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What's the story?"
    What would have made Oath of Fealty better?

    ?Must read earlier books first?
    Assumend prior knowledge of plot, characters, etc.


    Has Oath of Fealty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    N/a


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration early on....


    Any additional comments?

    Cant remove from my library on my iPhone-

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    Brett Victoria, BC, Canada 12-06-10
    Brett Victoria, BC, Canada 12-06-10
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    "Does not work without reading the originals"

    Despite the opening stating that this book stands without having read the original... it doesn't. Within the first chapter I was completely lost. There must have been a dozen characters within the first two chapters, repeated referenses to things as if we knew what had happened and the whole things felt like a part 2. Got through eight chapters and had no idea who the protagonist(s) were, who the bad guys were, or why I should care of any of them. Should be entitled... PART 2 of the world of ... whatever.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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