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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon. The superb trilogy known as The Deed of Paksenarrion is widely judged to be one of the great post-Tolkien fantasies, a masterpiece of sustained world-building and realistic military action.
Now Moon returns to this thrilling realm for the first time in nearly twenty years. The result: another classic in the making. Now, as Kieri ascends a throne he never sought, he must come to terms with his own half-elven heritage while protecting his new kingdom from his old enemies and those he has not yet discovered. Meanwhile, in Tsaia, Prince Mikeli prepares for his own coronation. But when an assassination attempt nearly succeeds, Mikeli suddenly faces the threat of a coup.
Acting swiftly, Mikeli strikes at the powerful family behind the attack: the Verrakaien, magelords possessing ancient sorcery, steeped in death and evil. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in the history of their worlds. For dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister and far more ancient than they can imagine. And even Paks may find her gods-given magic and peerless fighting skills stretched to the limit and beyond.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Oath of Fealty , please sign up. If I haven't read any of the Paksenarrion books can I still read this series? Is this a direct sequel to the original trilogy or is there enough of a gap to make this a worthy stand alone series? Onewooga You absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series.
I …more You absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series.
I think they help ground you a little in the realm and its logic, but I don't think you have to read them to figure things out. These events take place after the Paksenarrion books, and she is not featured except very briefly.
A lot of the other characters are in these books, but you don't really need the full back story to get them. See 2 questions about Oath of Fealty…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Oath of Fealty Paladin's Legacy, 1.
Apr 14, Mike the Paladin rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , fantasy , military-fantasy. I was going to go 4 stars on this, because it's not as good or absorbing as the Paksenarrion Trilogy. On the other hand, it's better than many books I've given 4 stars, limited options here. Again with half star wish. Oh well. I'll compromise. For now I won't put it among my favorites.
But it is an excellent read. The book is billed as being in the Paksenarrion universe, and it is. Paks herself is in the background of the story showing up as a sort of bit player. Or, possibly more than th Okay Or, possibly more than that, but without playing a large part, at least here. In this volume we pick up almost at the moment of the closing of Oath of Gold and go on with the stories of the Duke Kieri Phelan aka King, Dorrin, and others.
I read one reviewer who said that this would be a good place to start if you hadn't read the trilogy as it starts coherently. This is true, but if you haven't read the trilogy don't miss it. As good as this volume is and it's excellent the trilogy that sets it up The Deed of Paksenarrion is superb and even better. I was prepared when I started here to be disappointed as I've not been enthralled by Moon's space operas and as anyone who's read my reviews and comments knows, I loved the Paks books.
The idea that I wasn't continuing the story of Paks herself was a bit of a "put off" for me. I'm glad to say that I was wrong. While I don't like this these as I'm halfway through Kings of the North nearly as well as the trilogy, I do find them well done and satisfying. Do they have a drawback? I'd say that the plot construction is a bit weak, as it's so decentralized. However that may be taken care of when all three of these books are published.
The first book ends more or less at a sort of "pause" in the action and the next book Kings of the North as mentioned above picks up as this book is ending. This book ends and Kings of the North opens on that scene. So, while in my opinion not quite as good as the Paks trilogy still an excellent read. Speaking for myself, I enjoyed it immensely.
Update: Originally reviewed May Just a note I now know this isn't a trilogy as I finished the third book and it ends in a cliff hanger type ending Well, I'll have to call it a series, not a trilogy I guess. They're still good though. Update:Upon thinking it over I came back and upped the rating to 5 stars.
It's a limited rating system and while I can't say I like these as well as I do the Paksenarrion trilogy there are a lot of books I don't like that well that I rate 5 stars View all 9 comments. I really enjoyed every moment of reading this book. It had a cozy feeling of homecoming to it that I didn't want to rush through. I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints, and was disappointed every time the viewpoint switched, but then got sucked into the new one very quickly.
I can't think of a time that I was bored. It's very much a 'setting the stage' novel, but I felt no impatience. I just really enjoyed the experience of following the characters as they figured out their new roles and set things I really enjoyed every moment of reading this book. I just really enjoyed the experience of following the characters as they figured out their new roles and set things to rights wherever they could.
I love that all the main characters are honorable and deserving, even though they still have a lot to learn and plenty of growing to do. Some readers may think they're too good, but I find it so refreshing in these days of grim and morally gray fantasy. These are characters that I can like and root for. View all 3 comments. I like adore what Elizabeth Moon did here. Twenty years after completing The Deed of Paksenarrion she went back for a visit to Paks' world.
This book picks up straight after the trilogy ends, so there is no time jump in the story, but the writing style definitely made a gigantic leap right into the 21st century. Gone is that dated feel from the story, and a lot of the more modern styles are applied, including multiple point of views and much more subtle foreshadowing.
I became enthralled mid-way and just had to finish the book. I know people will ask whether they have to read The Deed of Paksenarrion before this book.
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Look Inside. For the first time in nearly twenty years, Elizabeth Moon returns to the thrilling realm of her superb Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy. Acting swiftly, Mikeli strikes at the powerful family behind the attack: the Verrakaien, magelords steeped in death and evil. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in the history of their worlds. For dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister and far more ancient than they can imagine. Read An Excerpt.