Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.
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This was the first fantasy I read while growing up. It got me hooked on the genre. I just wish that other authors created main characters that were as likable as Paks. My only disappointment was that I felt the narrator didn't quite do the story justice. By the third book she'd grown on me but I didn't care for her rendition of one of my all time favorite fantasy epics. This is a classic story where the distinction between good and evil is clear and consistent.
The surprising twists and turns in the story.
How magic was brought ito it.
The emotion she showed in her voice.
When Pox had to leave her friends, so she could get the information to the Duke.
This is the kind of book that due to the names of the characters and places, I would have put away because I have a hard time figuring out how to pronounce them. Having this book in audio showed me what I was missing out. The characters in this book were very likeable and the reader made them even more so. I am looking forward to the next book...
Fantasy that works
Skillful use of the fantasy genre bring the time, place, and story alive
Voice of each character is distinctive yet the reader's device is unobtrusive. Great oral characterization of Paks animates the 'heroine.'
The author's story, characters, and fantasy setting -- through a skillful reading -- results in the best kind of audiobook experience where all elements combine and transport the listener to another reality.
Paks is such a wonderful character...a woman warrior with a strong sense of right and wrong as well as her own inner compass. Great role model for young ladies reading this book.
What’s wrong with a great book filled with heroes, visions of courage and the immortal fight between good and evil?
Now, imagine such a book written with knowledge of military strategy, feudal campaigns, logistics, the training of peasants and the young in general, and the impact of magic and leadership on troops and strategy. Intrigued?Even if that were not enough, imagine such realism combined with yet another coming of age story… but this one combines the growth of wisdom that comes with age with the growth of a solder from an 18 year old run-away to a veteran campaigner. We the reader feel like we’ve grown up with her – as her shadow.O.K. So far we’ve got: a great story line, a youth with enough raw talent that we all can (or want to) relate to, believable battles and a universe populated with a culture that ties together so well with the story line that you can feel you to are the common solder – right down to the dust on the road pebbling your skin, the taste of the sand in your mouth, the stone in your boot and the sun beating down on you as you stand in formation, shivering before your first battle. I admit it. I’ve read The Deeds of Paksenarrion many, many times. I’ve given it away to friends, I’ve read it aloud to my children, I’ve had the books swiped from me by each of my children as they’ve grown up and established their own families. (I’ve swiped the books back with malice and forethought, too – playing the continuous family game of who took my Elizabeth Moon/Neal Stephenson/Orson Scott Card/Martha Wells/Walter Jon Williams/Robin McKinley….etc)
But what about Jennifer Van Dyck, the Narrator?
She is soooo good, she makes my head swim. Please believe me, Paksenarrion is a close family member in our household. Jennifer treats Paksenarrion with joy, respect, vibrancy, and cunning interpretation. She never, ever, pulls you out of the story due to over acting, underacting or a false interpretation that doesn’t ring true. Lovely and satisfying.
Paksenarrion speaking with the Duke for the first time was a lovely scene.
The deeds of Paksenarrion gets listened to in the car, in my office, as I do dishes, as I get dressed and and any other time it is possible - because it is so hard to put away!
This book could have been half as long and covered that same ground. It was a 12 hour prolog
I read this book when it was initially published and again every 5 years or so since then. I have a firm idea of how the main characters name is pronounced, both the short and the long form. It's sounds like Pax. The narrator pronounces it Pocks.
Since the name is probably the most common word in the story this is a constant distraction. I may still pick up the other two books in the trilogy, but they are way down on my want list.
The story would be much more interesting with a better narrator. This narrator has very little change when doing the different characters. Additionally, she puts as much emphasis and energy in to the mundane as she does in the fights. Very unsatisfactory.
I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.
The Deed of Paksenarrion has been one of my favorite series of books for many years. Years ago I asked Audible for it. And now it is available and was more than worth the wait. Elizabeth Moon creates a strong female character in a military setting. Moon spent time in the military and has found a way to incorporate her modern experience into an epic fantasy. It makes for a great listen.
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