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.
©1988 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
This is the style that brought me to the high fantasy genre. A fantasy world with depth and nuance, making subtle moral comments on the real world. I had previously not read any of Moon's work, though I have long intended to read the Planet Pirates series she co-authored with Anne McCaffrey. I was reminded of some of my favourite Mercedes Lackey novels while listening to this. Not in detail, but in overall feel. A great book, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
Jennifer Van Dyck's narration is excellent, well paced and lively, with distinct character voices and emotion where needed. Really brings the book to life.
I read this knowing that it had had rave reviews, so my expectations were high. And they were not disappointed at any point in the story.
While I'm more into classic SF rather than fantasy, this was an enjoyable foray into this world. What was particularly enthralling was the portrayal of the equivalent of maybe a 16th century army. The main character spends most of her time progressing from recruit to combat veteran, and you really get to appreciate the fighting techniques and problems involved in hand-to-hand contact between sword-wielding soldiers.
A must read for anyone interested in warfighting of any era.
If someone was to ask me what was the best series books I ever read I would say the Paks books. I was happy to see them on the list at Audible and am very happy with the performance of this loved series of books
I would recommend this book to epic fantasy fans. It has a solid story line and a fresh vantagepoint that kept me listening without being so deep that I wanted to re-wind. Reader was a definite plus to the experience and she made it easy to keep track of characters.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Tall, strong, pretty, innocent and dumber then sheep. At first I though I would like this, but the story never got going and the character never developed a brain. It starts out as a typical boot camp novel. Then there is a long drawn out trial, in which we know the outcome before it happens. I am talking over an hour. The inciden,t in which had we lived it with the character we would have felt strongly about, was omitted.
Had the main character stayed on the farm it would have been just as interesting. The story has no story, no guts or soul.
The narrator did not sound inspired at all.
Once again I am bucking the system, but if your tastes in books are the same as mine, this will not interest you.
Rarely do I come across books that I don't like. I went right in with in with my normal enthusiasm. But I soon found myself bored due to the lack of details and descriptions.
We what we get is:
"He got angry and hit him"
Why not make it something like this:
"John could feel the blood rush trough his veins, his hands clenched. Before Tom could react, he struck. His fist made a satisfying crunch as it connected with Tom's face" ?
The characters don't come alive in the first case, and the characters are the ones that make the story.
A few hours in I had no idea about anyone's story, appearance, motivations, or character.
All I knew is that the main character is a blond tomboy who wants to be a soldier
(for no real reason).
Another thing, you don't name 10 characters in 2 minutes, with no description if you want people to remember them. (I actually forgot the antagonists name.)
In my view there is nothing that drives the story, no tension, no emotions, nothing.
But perhaps its my young male mind who can't handle a female voice doing the narration.
Or perhaps it becomes vastly better after she was locked up?
All i know is that this book was a disappointment.
I have listened to both the Serrano Legacy and the Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon which are among my most favorite. This series definitely goes in a different direction, but is just as entertaining. Moon is such a great storyteller. I have been thoroughly entertained with the first book in the trilogy. I am already starting on the middle book. I find the narrator superb. This is the first book I have listened to by Jennifer Van Dyck, but will look for other titles by her once I have finished the trilogy.
This book was SO thin on ANY kind of character development or emotional involvement is was a very empty read. I bought this book thinking it might be a good book for me after LOVING the Hunger Games. WRONG. It's just endless dull descriptions of battle scenes and poor dialog. Sorry, I see many loved this, I just don't know what I missed. Depressingly dull and boring. Wasted credit.
Some challenge for the hero to fix.
There seemed no purpose to it. I kept waiting for it to be revealed. The heroine was passive - things happened to her - she did not make the story happen.
The narrator has the same rhythm for each sentence or phrase, and the rhythm is so punctuated it is almost staccato at times. I could take away the words and go . . . "Da da da duh, da da da duh. Over and over and match her tonal rhythm. I wanted to stretch and soften her words out.
Overall, it was uninspiring, but perhaps interesting to someone with a military inclination.
Many years ago when I first read this series it played a key role in my love of the 'fantasy' genre'. It was a delight to revisit the books in audio format with a great narrator.
I have always hoped this author would create it's equal in fantasy, she has not. I eagerly purchased her sci-fi books and was truly disappointed, what happened I'll probably never know.
Buy this series, you'll love them!
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