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Limits of Power (Legend of Paksenarrion) Hardcover – June 11, 2013

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Book 4 of 5 in the Paladin's Legacy Series

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Praise for Limits of Power
“It’s easy to become fully immersed in, and absorbed by, the narrative: [Elizabeth Moon’s] great strength lies in the patient accumulation of telling detail, yielding an extraordinarily rich picture of the world’s politics, philosophy, military structure, history, magic and alien cultures, where men and women stand as equals even in force of arms.”Kirkus Reviews
“Thoughtful and deeply character driven, full of personal crises as heartbreaking and hopeful as any dramatic invasion . . . Moon deftly avoids big literary explosions, preferring instead a slow boil that builds pressure without relief. There are plots within plots, but the complex story is never confusing. Fantasy fans will be delighted by this impressive foray.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Elizabeth Moon
“This is an excellent series, and Echoes of Betrayal is particularly well done. [Elizabeth Moon is a] consistently entertaining writer, and this book lives up to her standards.”San Jose Mercury News
“Moon’s characters navigate an intricate maze of alliances and rivalries. . . . Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity.”—The Star-Ledger, on Kings of the North
“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created . . . No one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”—The Miami Herald, on Oath of Fealty

About the Author

Former Marine Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including Echoes of Betrayal, Kings of the North, Oath of Fealty, the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, Victory Conditions, Command Decision, Engaging the Enemy, Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas.

Product Details

  • Series: Legend of Paksenarrion (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345533062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533067
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MinorAgentofChaos on June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'll start out saying I loved The Deed of Paksenarrion. I was thrilled to learn that Moon was returning to tell the rest of the story.

But as this story has gone on, and's starting to wear thin.

Paks' tale was rich, complex & engaging, but it had a focus: Paks, and her growth into a paladin. Everything focused on Paks. Everything in the tale led into Paks's growth & Paks's tale. We saw her grow; we cared about her as we were allowed to get to know her truly & deeply through the focus of the trilogy.

Here, there's too many threads to follow, and nothing is given a chance to breathe in the author's rush to make sure all the points are covered in all the various plots. We initially started with three threads, in Oath of Fealty: Arcolin, Kieri, & Dorrin, and how they were dealing with the changes that Paks had wrought.

Now, those three threads have multiplied out to many: Arcolin dealing with his new position & revelations of his background (did we really need that?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tatyana Podgursky on June 14, 2013
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I am a bit frustrated. I loved "The Deed". I love the world. I love the characters. But I have a feeling that this book (and to an extent the previous books in this series) is either edited to about half the length it should be, or, else, just not fleshed out enough to begin with. I want to get closer inside the characters' heads, so to speak. I want to know what happens in more detail. For all that I do care about the characters, there is not enough time spent on any of them, and some of the events are just kinda glanced at without letting the reader be immersed in them. I think the author needs to slow down, flesh stuff out more, and maybe get a bit more focused. The story is interesting, the language is decent, and I did read it in one sitting, but I hope the next book comes out a bit more in-depth. I seriously could have used twice as many pages. Or more.

I mean, seriously, Arcolin shopping for a wife is a prime example: in the end, we don't even know what the lady looks like! Hrmph. Just a tad cavalier, I'd say. :D The Elvenhome seed thing is also waaaaaay too brief - it left me feeling like a pebble skipping on the surface.

Oh, and I want Paks back into the story more. Unless there is a separate story coming about what she's been doing all this time?..

That said, there is good stuff in the book: Stammel's arc is done really well, for instance; the whole knot with Arcolin and the gnomes is cool. In general, I don't think that there are too many unnecessary sub-arcs in the story - I enjoy them, personally - I do think, though, that if we are going to explore all these threads, they need to be more fleshed out in some cases.

Altogether, well worth the read for anyone who likes the world, but God help a newcomer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2013
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As I got deeper into this novel I began to feel that it could almost be described as an opportunity to put characters in place for the next big happening in the series. Yes, this is the fourth book in the segment called Paladin's Legacy, but it is actually at least the seventh book to feature the original characters from the world of the paladin Paksenarrion. Elizabeth Moon keeps all the character story lines open and moving even though I think that might make anyone new to the series very confused. If I were asked, I would never suggest anyone begin this series here, or indeed with any book other than The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel which contains the first three books in this series. Once you have the main characters and the fantasy world firmly established in your mind you will better understand all that is taking place in these newer novels in the series. I love these books, but there is so much history between the characters now that someone trying to begin here will surely be lost, confused, and even frustrated.

This installment in the series features changes in the lives of Jandelir Arcolin, King Kieri and Queen Arian, King Mikeli and his brother Camwyn, Stammel, Arvid Semminson. There are marriages, births, deaths, along with much more about the rockbrothers and Dragon. This fantasy series has so much detail that at times it can be slightly overwhelming. Especially when I am trying to keep straight in my mind exact locations for kingdoms and whether mages, elves or gnomes are the principal "others" living alongside the humans. The tension builds throughout this novel for what might come in future books.
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