Oath of Gold

The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3
Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
Series: Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,852 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Great Finish to a Great Trilogy

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 .....

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Always gives me goose bumps

loved this book, have read it many times and always gives me goose bumps. the reading was well done. I think the reader really does the book credit. an excellent finish for the story of paks.

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In the tradition of heroes

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.

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A Truly Epic Ending

This tale has a true epic ending. In some was Paksenarrion may be the best example of a Paladin I've ever had the luck to read of in any Fantasy tale. This story should not be missed.

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Getting to like the Narrator better

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.

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Paksenarrion endures

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.

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Not a great conclusion, but still a worthy volume

The story starts off with a great continuation of Paks's trials in Book 2, but then quickly looses a lot of what made Books 1 and 2 so memorable: Paks stops developing/growing as a character as she comes to her true calling, the orcs and servants of Acreea--so mysterious before--become almost mundane enemies, and the nuances of ethics in war are thrown out once every battle becomea fought for a holy cause. The ending is very odd as well, ignoring so much of what the story built up in favor of a new antagonist which I had almost forgotten about in the previous novels... Still I did enjoy seeing Moon's diverse world expand with the Rangers, the Elven Lady, the abiities and powers of Evil, and the forces behind Paladins' magic/guidance. The hierarchy of kingdoms and princely courts--although a bit stiffly detailed--is diverse and gives a wonderful scope of the world. The Narrator is much better this time around, giving more subtle inflection to the voices of the Elves and other folk. And the Duke and Pak's voice always stand out, easy to pick out of the mix.

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very excited to finish

had a personal goal to finish a book I had started reading as a teenager but never finished. The series becomes incredibly dry in this book, almost rote. Glad I finally finished it.

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Good book from a great book series.

I truly fell in love with this series. Paksenarrion (Paks ) the main character was a strong , loyal and a woman of great values. She never forgot who she was and where she came from (even though others tried to remind her in a demeaning way). I think every woman need to read this book and see you don't have to give up who you are for money ,fame or fortune. There is an innocence about her that you fall in love with. I am not a great reviewer of books but I know how I felt when reading this series... Alive and ready for battle 😊

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The great Palidin on a noble quest

I love this series and this is one of my favorite installments. Without giving anything away , Paks faces some of her greatest challenges and other major characters have surprises to face. Awesome narration meets a great adventure story. This is recorded books at their best .

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  • 02-23-19

good and worth a listen

it is a good book and a great series. although I enjoyed the first book the most.

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  • B. Frost
  • 08-31-18

excellent narration

I was very happy with the entire performance. will be getting the rest! very much enjoyed the whole trilogy to this point.