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Divided Allegiance (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 2 (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st Printing, October 1988 edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671697862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671697860
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant ... the excitement of high heroic adventure BOOKWATCH A tour de force JACK McDEVITT This is the real thing. Worldbuilding in the grand tradition, background thought out to the last detail ... Her military knowledge is impressive JUDITH TARR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth Moon joined the US Marine Corps in 1968, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Elizabeth Moon grew up on the Texas-Mexico border, a voracious reader and early writer. She spent much of her early years in a hardware store where nothing was in shrink-wrap or little plastic containers, and mule collars still hung on the back wall. She has a history degree from Rice University and a biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin, plus some graduate work in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio; between the first two, she spent three years on active duty in the USMC. Her bibliography includes 20+ novels and 30+ short fiction works, nearly all in science fiction or fantasy. REMNANT POPULATION was a Hugo finalist in 1997; THE SPEED OF DARK won the Nebula Award in 2003.

When not writing, she likes to wander around taking pictures of wildlife and native plants, bake bread, eat chocolate, sing with a choir, and laugh.

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As with the first book, I always wanted to find out what happened next.
Christopher Ware
`Divided Allegiance' is the second book in a trilogy that I considered one of the best sets of fiction books ever written.
"pfisteria"
There is plenty of action and Moon has done a very good job of developing her characters.
D. Blankenship

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ware on January 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first third of this book seemed mediocre compared to the writing and character development in the first book, SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER. Paks didn't seem the same and the story seemed a bit forced. However, after this first adventure, the book really picks up. Do not put the book down because of this beginning...trust me, it gets a lot better.
This book is the furthing story of Paks' development towards her destiny. We see her exporing her own belief system and becoming more of a young woman of the world, rather than the girl she still was at the end of the first book. The supporting characters are all vivid and important. They each have something to contribute to who Paks will become.
I was shocked at the ending. It seemed to come out of nowhere...there was no way I could have expected Ms. Moon to end the book that way. It took a lot of courage for her to leave her readers hanging, wondering what would happen to Paks. Thankfully, I had the third book on hand and started it right away, just to find out what happened.
This was a thoroughly absorbing book. I found that, after the first third or so, I could hardly put it down. As with the first book, I always wanted to find out what happened next. Ms. Moon's writing kept me engaged with the characters and made me care about what happened to them. Plus, she dangled just enough mystery in front of us to keep us intrigued with the overall story of the trilogy rather than the substories in the individual books. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy fans.
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This is the second book in Elizabeth Moon's trilogy following the adventures of her heroine, Paksenarrion. The first book, Sheepfarmer's Daughter follows Paksenarrion through her training period with the Dukes mercenary company. "Divided Allegiance" begins where SFD leaves off and Paks departs the Duke's company.

Let me state now, before I go on, that the novel being reviewed here is good but a reader would have problems with it if all three novels in this series are not read one after the other. I question the wisdom of the publishers in breaking down the entire story into three different parts. For those of you interested, all three novels have been published as a whole in The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel. That large three part novel is easier to find than each book separately. It also, by reading it as a whole, makes a much better story. As a matter of fact, The Deed of Paksenarrion is one of my all time favorite fantasy works.

The work being reviewed here does start rather slow. It is a middle or transition work leading up to the last novel in the series Oath of Gold (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3). Again, all three must be read as a whole or the essence of the story; the message the author is sending will be completely lost. What happens before and what happens after the novel being reviewed here is extremely important in understanding why Moon wrote this one the way she did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miz Ellen VINE VOICE on December 13, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the sequel to SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER. That was about the training and adventures of a mercenary soldier. DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE follows Paks as she leaves Duke Phelan's company to strike out on her own. The first part of the book is a fine tale of sword and sorcery as Paks falls in with a less-than-ethical part-elven mage, Macenion. After some fine action, Paks wanders into the village of Brewersbridge and the inn of Jos Hebbinford.

This is a pivotal place in the story for here Paks is introduced to the teachings of the farmer-turned-freedom-fighter saint Gird and to the company of true Girdsmen, particularly the yeoman-marshal of Brewersbridge, Ambros. Paks accepts a commission from the town council to hunt out a nest of bandits in the vicinity. However, when the bandits are captured, it is discovered that they have come under the sway of an evil mage. Although his own commanding officer is away and did not want Ambros to undertake anything in his absence, Ambros is afraid to let this evil power go unchecked.

Paks undertakes this mission in concert with Ambros and her ability earns her an invitation to train at Fin Panir where the knights and paladins of Gird are trained. Paks plunges with enthusiasm into this new life which contains everything she ever dreamed about: studies in the art of war, weapons training, horses and most of all, the assurance that she will fight only for the cause of good.

DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE is the second book in a Tolkien style trilogy, and like Tolkien's The Two Towers it suffers from being halfway through the arc of the main story. Just as The Two Towers ends with Frodo being attacked by Shelob, DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE leaves its heroine Paks in a bad, sad place indeed.
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