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Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion) Hardcover – March 22, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Paladin's Legacy Series

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From Publishers Weekly

The languorous sequel to 2010's Oath of Fealty finds many characters moving up in the world, including Kieri Phelan, the king of Lyonya, and Dorrin, now Duke Verrakai. Now those newly stationed must deal with assassination attempts, counterfeiting, and a new enemy who has taken to calling himself Duke Visla Vaskronin. Kieri doesn't understand why his elven grandmother and co-ruler, the Lady, often refuses to come when he needs her, even when a war with the Pargunese and their possibly unbeatable weapon is imminent. He will also discover that his elven heritage runs stronger than he thought. The pace is slow enough to immerse readers in the world as the characters are immersed in self-discovery, with larger events impending but usually not seen directly. There's action a-plenty, but this series most appeals to readers who enjoy their fantasy more thoughtful and intellectual. (Mar.)
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Praise for Elizabeth Moon’s Oath of Fealty
“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created . . . no one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”—The Miami Herald
“Ranks alongside Andre Norton’s Witch World and Tolkien’s Middle-earth for invention, deeds of valor, and battles of good against evil.”—Jack Campbell
Oath of Fealty is the best kind of fantasy: familiar but complex, with substance behind the accomplished style.”—Contra Costa Times
“Sheer delight . . . an engrossing new adventure.”—Anne McCaffrey
“Well-crafted storytelling . . . hard to put down.”—SF Site

Product Details

  • Series: The Deed of Paksenarrion
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508751
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Kings of the North is a middle book of a series. It's the kind of series Moon tends toward, where the set of books will tell one unified story. This means that Kings starts with events in motion from the recent past as described in Oath of Fealty (and from the more-distant past, with much that is intriguing but not yet explained), and it ends with a resolution to one subplot, but with lots of things left unfinished (and at least one surprise just barely begun) to carry into the rest of the series. It is a journey and not a destination. But I really got caught up in the journey. I'd intended to save the book until I had a little more time ... and then I intended to read a little ... and then I finished it in a day. I am easy to lose at the point where a book like this switches points of view and locations, but it didn't happen here.

I enjoy the mix of world-building and characters. Most of the main characters continue from Oath and from the earlier Deed of Paksennarrion, but there are new ones as well. All are well-rounded; many I'd love to sit in the pub with over a mug of ale, though some I'd rather not meet in a dark alley - or anywhere else. I like the sense of integrity in most of the characters, and the way that integrity doesn't mean that they are all straight-laced, or all in agreement with each other. I like the way the followers of the different religions respect each other. I like the way information about how-things-work is dropped in along the way without derailing the narrative (we learn bits about the management of a bankers guild, running a noble's estate, and training squires, among other things). Overall, I like this book even more than I did Oath, and that's saying something. The only thing I dislike is waiting for the next one.
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Being the second book in the "Paladin's Legacy" I recommend reading "Oath of Fealty" beforehand.

If you truly wish to fully indulge into this universe make sure to read "The Deed of Paksenarrion" and "The Legacy of Gird".

I will not give any spoilers here but as a fan of the series for over 10 years now I can honestly say this is a great continuation and should make Elizabeth very proud.

This series just keeps giving us new aspects of the world that Paksenarrion has irrecoverably altered. Background and realism permeate the covers and make it feel as if I could step inside and be a part of their world.

I eagerly am anticipating the next installment to what should be on everyone's top series to read!
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Former mercenary leader Kieri Phelan has become the King of Lyonya while Mikeli is crowned ruler of Tsaia. At the same time Senior Captain of the Second Cohort mercenary company Dorrin has become the Duke of Verrakai. All have come a long way, but now are targets of assassins whose employers covet both aristocratic positions.

One of the biggest threats to both kingdoms comes from newly self-proclaimed Duke Visla Vaskronin. However, Kieri also deals with imminent war with neighboring Pargun. He pleads with his elven grandmother the Lady to help him and their kingdom that she rules along with him, but she fails to assist him. He knows it is up to him to keep Lyonya safe. At the same time Mikeli feels he must act to destroy what is left of the evil Verrakaien magelords.

The second entry in the second Paks world series follows the key characters closely as the two monarchs and the dukes adapt to new duties not always successfully. There is plenty of off page major events, but those are seen passively through the eyes of the lead protagonists rather than in person by the reader. Thus, the pace is at best moderate speed, but fans of a cerebral character driven fantasy will enjoy the journey into the center of the minds of Kieri, Mikeli, Dorrin and somewhat less Visla.

Harriet Klausner
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I've been eagerly awaiting this newest installment in Moon's fantasy series. I've been a fan for years since I purchased Sheepfarmer's Daughter just after it was released. King's of the North certainly lives up to my expectations.

The book picks up from where Oath of Fealty left off, following Kieri Phelan's growth as King of Lyonya, Jandelir Arcolin's experiences as Captain and successor to Kieri as Warden of the Northern Marches, and other major and minor characters familiar from the earlier books.

I don't want to spoil things for readers, suffice it to say that Kieri is finding it difficult to balance the affairs of men and elves in Lyonya, and also finding his grandmother less cooperative than he'd hoped. While Pargun is becoming increasingly hostile. Dorrin, now Duke Verrakai, is also finding it difficult to adjust to her new rank and her powers as a magelord. The situation is Aarenis is becoming more complex and Arcolin is having trouble with both bandits and southern politics. Secrets of ancient Aare are surfacing and the current generation of humans and Elders (elves, dwarves and gnomes) are facing the consequences of events from long ago. We also find out more about the elder races -- seeing not only the magic of elves but that of the rockfolk (dwarves and gnomes)and even a dragon. It shouldn't come as a great surprise to find that not all non-humans are benevolent, and while they may be powerful, they aren't perfect and make mistakes.

I will caution readers that since this is the second book of a trilogy, it is a very poor choice to start the series. Familiarity with the characters from the earlier books is assumed, and if you haven't at least read Oath of Fealty, the book won't make much sense, so by all means read the earlier books.
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