Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.
Book Three: Paks the warrior must learn to live with Paks the human. She undertakes a holy quest for a lost elven prince that brings the gods' wrath down on her and tests her very limits.
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Book One was fabulous! Book Two slacked off a little, but was necessary in context to the trials Paksenarrion had to go through to blossom into the Paladin she was meant to be in Book Three. The last installment was the best of the three. I was so glad I took the leap on this Audible series. I loved it so much I bought a NEW COPY of the book to add to my permanent library. This trilogy has become my all time favorite!! Jennifer Van Dyck was a pleasure to listen to the whole way through. She definitely was able to differentiate between different charactors and had a pace and timbre that made it easy to follow along and enjoy. GET ALL THREE BOOKS! This series is a keeper .....
Add Paksenarrion (an elfin name) to the pantheon of my heroes. In my review of Sheep Farmer's Daughter, Book 1 of The trilogy Deed Of Paksenarrion, I marveled at Moon's treatment of military issues and her integration of men and women in positions of leadership and of lesser rank. As I read the trilogy, Paks grew on me. I still feel that more character development a la George R. R. Martin and Terry Goodkind, would have fmade the trilogy a richer experience. This said, the trilogy is all about Paks, a remarkably human hero. I was in continual suspense about her fate until near the very end. But Moon does not kill off characters as Martin does. Instead, Moon wraps a gripping and at times spell binding tale around the development of her lead character, Paksenarrion Dorfan's Daughter. A well done first trilogy, in my opinion I am richer for having read it.
By the end of Divided Allegiance, Paksenarrion had become afraid of just about everything. The healing that the Gird Marshals evoked upon Paks rid her of the taint, but took away her courage. In this book, Paks gains further healing from Master Oakhallow and is finally able to continue her calling. Now she understands what it is like to be literally scared stiff. Her trials give her new compassion and strength.
She receives a red Paladin horse from the gods and he seems to sometimes direct her quests. Paks discovers the true heir King to Lyonya, makes an ultimate sacrifice that she amazingly survives and makes sure the Lyonyan king is able to be accepted to rule.
I have enjoyed the three audio books that are "The Deed of Paksenarrion." Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold.
Jennifer Van Dyck has brought life to the books that have been our family favorites since they were released in 1988 and '89.
Fans of fantasy genre should thoroughly enjoy the Paksenarrion books. If you are looking for good to triumph over evil, this is the place that has it.
By all account this is the most exciting of the books. There is more growth of all the characters an enough fighting and intrigue to keep you interested. I would recommend.
Character and story development
Pak's self discovery.
Pak's transcendence during torture
Pak's ability to forgive and reconcile as she led the Gird's militia.
This is the third book of a classic series. Elizabeth Moon has done the best job in my extensive reading and listening experience of expanding the Tolkienian universe and has lent it depth beyond even the writings of Tolkien! The deep wisdom and experience she imparts in this book come as a result of her experiences as a Marine officer and her history with horses and blades. She has brought that hard-edged experience into the soft, academic world of Tolkien and the nitty-gritty reality evoked makes the story come alive.
Not sure why she felt the need to go into such detail on the torture or why she spent so long on it. After about 20 minutes, with no end in sight, I ended up fast-forwarding through about 15 more minutes of a torturous depiction of torture. As far as the narrator, I think she did well, but I didn't like her interpretation of the elven voices in any of the books.
I absolutely love this book the story is so wonderful ! enjoy! all three books in this series are so worth it!
The first book got me a bit bored with her daily military life but in the 2nd and 3rd books, she gets more of her own adventures and got me more interested that it was hard to stop. It does get quite descriptive that I have dozed unintentionally a few times, but then again, it does tend to happen after a long day at work or I've been reading for hours already. I'm definitely interested in reading the continuation of her adventures in the next series.
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