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Limits of Power (Legend of Paksenarrion) Hardcover – June 11, 2013
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But as this story has gone on, and on...it'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?Read 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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Paks book and if one is a fan looking to finish the series this is a must read. It's been a while since I read it so the content is not fresh as of now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MK Hill
As always Ms. Moon draws the reader into the struggles and plans of the mercenary company of warriors living in a time of when battles were fought with swords, bows and arrows, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Galand Fox Nuchols
This is the fourth of five in Moon's Paladin's Legacy series. Her original trilogy of the Deeds of Paksenarrion has been one of my favorite fantasy series of all time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kristopia
A good book, continuing the story of the people in the world of Paksennarion.Published 6 months ago by Melissa Mendick
Very good. Moon is a very good writer. I was worried (in the beginning) that after "Deed" it would be difficult to connect to new characters. It isn't. Well done.Published 7 months ago by Aurora
Elizabeth Moon is one of my favorite authors, all her books are the best.Published 8 months ago by Rosalie J. Smith