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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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.
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 .....
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.
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.
Wow, this is a broad, far reaching story! A fun twist that surprised me. Paks has come a long way since she left her childhood home.
One of the top 5.
Free flowing and very understandable.
Paks. It was obviously seen from her perspective.
It was well read and the subtle voice changes were well done. I found it easy to understand and the pronunciation of the names were how I would have said them.
WIth a book I can't wait to see what will happen next I tend to skip a couple of pages, with Audio for some reason I am more patient
When she came trough and believed no matter what they did to her.
When the King came home
Believe and fight for justice.
This third book in the trilogy brings all the threads together and completes the hero's journey. Jennifer Van Dyke's excellent narration keeps you immersed in the world. There's not much to say for those that have already started listening to this trilogy, but for anyone checking out all three before starting, have no fears.
Elizabeth Moon - maybe. Jennifer Van Dyck - not if I can help it. I wish Audible would allow you to block an author or narrator if you don't like them. Kind of like blocking a phone number only here a narrator.
Anyone. I am usually not picky.
Cannot remember. I read it years ago, liked the series, and decided to buy all three books in the series and enjoy them again. After I discovered how much I don't like this narrator I didn't even attempt to listen to this book.
Nohting disappointed me. Great ending for the Pax story.
Will listen again to Mystic and Rider, narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, written by Sharon Shinn.
Jennifer Van Dyck was great--she has narrated other of my favorite books. She did pronounce some names differently than I would have done, but overall she is a great narrator.
Every character had his/her own fit, and all are needed to move the story along.
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