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Former Marine Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including 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. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.


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Product Details

  • Series: Deed of Paksenarrion (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (January 2, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671697986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671697983
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,744 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have enjoyed each of the three books in Paksenarrion's Deed, and each has been harder to put down. I've also noticed that the power, magic, and contrast between good and evil grows more pronounced with each novel in the series. 'Oath of Gold' tells the tale of dramatic evil and powerful good, and Paks' role is exciting and impressive. In the third and last installment of Paks' amazing adventure she manages, with a little help from her friends, to recover from her fear and pains, and reach the destiny that has been hinted at from the beginning.
Paks' growth and newfound strength enable her to embark on a new set of daring adventures, and meet challenges and evils with a new sense of self. Along the way many of the characters we've met in the past re-enter the story, and the growth and changes of these characters adds another dimension of familiarity.
I loved this book, and had a really hard time putting it down in the middle (contributing to many hours of missed sleep!), but at 500 action packed, detailed pages it was impossible--and ill advised--to rush through. The first book in the series introduces Paks' story with a scroll of extolling her deed, whose song/story ends mid verse, suggesting that her story is ongoing. I would love to see more adventures including Paks', and am looking forward to reading the prequel to this series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on February 2, 2006
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The second book of the Paksenarrion trilogy was a very good read but highly unsatisfying with its ending. Young Paks had proved her mettle as a soldier and was learning about more eldritch things and progressing nicely on the road to becoming a paladin of Gird. Then she was captured and tortured. The book ended with her as a shattered wreck and a coward afraid of her own shadow. It was a cliffhanger that outraged after investing so much time and care about her character.

It was well done and forced the reading of the last volume. I would have done it anyway but the ending of book 2 certainly speeded up the process.

OATH OF GOLD begins with Paks still a shattered wreck. She is ready, even eager to die and end the misery. By happenstance, she finds herself in the same town when her journey towards the miraculous began. To avoid meeting with anyone she knows, she ducks into the grove of Master Oakhollow, the shepherd of the trees. He recognizes that her healing was incomplete and sets himself the task of completing it. In doing so, she becomes stronger than ever before and actually becomes a Paladin, thereby reminding everyone that Paladins are chosen by the gods and not by the military orders. All of her ordeals thus far have been to prepare her for a quest.

The quest is not an easy one. It is her task to restore the rightful ruler to a kingdom in chaos. The forces arrayed against her are vast and they are evil. Even with her miraculous powers, it will not be easy and, ultimately, it will require a sort of paschal sacrifice of her.

It is an engrossing read. It is well done and I am sorry it is over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2001
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`Oath of Gold' is the culmination of one of the greatest science fiction/fantasy trilogies ever written. The first two books of `Deed of Paksenarrion' trilogy were very well written, and this book is no exception. Elizabeth Moon has told this story in such a way that you can not help but fall in love with the main character. Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down until I was finished. The book is beautifully written and has a plot that will keep you involved till the very end. I found my heart breaking with each adversity Paksenarrion was put through, and I found myself soaring with joy each time she overcame her obstacles. I could go on and on giving praise to this book and to the entire trilogy. Let me just say that everyone who enjoys science fiction/fantasy needs to read the whole story of Paksenarrion from the beginning to the ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on November 1, 2006
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Oath of Gold (1989) is the third fantasy novel in the Paksenarrion series, following Divided Allegiance. In the previous volume, Paks was captured by iynisin -- evil elves -- and forced to fight against orcs and maybe other enemies. When her friends came to rescue her, Paks was dressed in cursed black armor and released behind the orc lines. She killed the orcs in front of her and was about to swing on her own friends, but finally managed to call upon Gird and was frozen in mid-movement. She was brought out of the iynisi caverns and provided with some healing, but the wounds on her body could not be completely healed by anyone in her party.

Later, Paks was taken back to Fin Panir and passed to the healers for more healing, but her wounds still could not be fully healed. When she mixed with the trainers and trainees, she showed signs of irritation and temper. The Marshall-General was disturbed by this personality change and suggested that she had suffered more from her captivity than suspected. The Marshall-General wanted to do a thorough examination of her mind for evidence of hidden evil and then clean out such influences as much as possible. Nonetheless, she warned Paks that such treatment might destroy her effectiveness as a warrior.

Duke Phelan was invited to the conference on Paks and stayed for the discussion with her. He was very disturbed by the recommended treatment and offered her a position as one of his captains within the Company. Angered at their seeming distrust of her, he declared that he will always trust her no matter what. But Paks agreed to undergo the mental surgery.

The psychic operation wiped out all traces of the evil within her mind, but left her fearful of her weapons and even animals.
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