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The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel (Baen Fantasy) Paperback – February 1, 1992
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Unlike many works of fantasy, Moon is more interested in the characters and their struggles and triumphs than in the fantastic creations of her world. I'm not saying that her world is not well rendered, it is, but it is the people in this story that demand the reader's attention. They are real, emotional beings with strengths, flaws and inconsistencies, just like the rest of us.
There is also a surprising amount of military detail in the story. In fact it taught me a thing or two about medieval fighting both from a lone warrior standpoint and that of an army.
Fair warning to those who intend to read this series; start on the Friday night. At least that way you won't jeopardise your job by coming in without any sleep.
Review: In one of my other reviews (Lord Valentine's Castle) I mentioned that even a dyed-in-the-wool adventure addict like myself can find that there are too many heroes out there. However, there are a few books which go beyond mere heroes to HEROES -- books with characters who define the very meaning of the word, who become themselves incarnations of the concept. Such is Paksenarrion, sheepfarmer's daughter who ran away to join the army and ends as a holy warrior, a Paladin.
Much, perhaps most, of the fiction inspired by roleplaying games is at best uninspired and at worst utter drek. I actually avoided reading this series initially because it was recommended in roleplaying groups, and in roleplaying terms, so I thought it was just another of the many (uninspiring) fantasy series being published by TSR at the time.
I could not have been more wrong. The Deed of Paksenarrion does, in fact, have its roots in roleplaying, but not in the usual sense. Rather than being written either as a sort of record of someone's favorite character in a game, or as a publicity/demonstration piece for some gaming system or mechanic, Paksenarrion was born (according to an email exchange I had with the author) from bad roleplaying: Elizabeth Moon, not gaming herself, heard some people playing "Paladins" (Holy warriors in the service of a god) and doing so very poorly. Her reaction was of course that "such a person wouldn't ACT like that"... and in thinking about what they WOULD act like, Paksenarrion was born.Read more ›
This is a Three-In-One volume. The three books of the trilogy are included under one cover. That made the transitions from one story to the next immediate and costly of my working schedule. It was worth it.
This is the story of a young peasant girl who aspires to be something more. She runs away to become a soldier and have a life of excitement.
This is the story of a woman who continues to grow. The first volume shows her development as a warrior and has very little of the magical about it except that the character seems somehow magical. The second book shows her development of some degree of independence and sets her up for her great challenge. Throughout it, the reader is dismayed that Paks cannot see in herself the qualities which everyone else, especially the reader, can see. It sees her soar to greatness and then collapse, as humans invariably do. The third volume see her regain her confidence and her greatness and in greater measure than before. She will need these qualities to achieve the task appointed to her. All the while, we marvel at her humility.
It is a wonderful series. Synopses of the individual books appear below:
SHEEPFARMER"S DAUGHTER - The Praise is Well Deserved
This is a work of grand fantasy although it does not start out as such. It takes place in a world of magic, elves, dwarves, paladins and powerful gods. It is a story of good and evil. It is all of those things but that misses the point.Read more ›
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Interesting new fantasy world for me. Good pace, good character building - loved it.Published 1 day ago by Mark Blundell
My favorite book. I Read this book all the way through. I loved every minute of it. I didn't realize that the writer was a woman until I had finished the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by eric young
The best thing I can say about this book is that it was not my cup of tea. In general, military SF is not my favorites us-genre, and this is an attempt to recreate that format in... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gordon Adams
It starts off slow but really gets you craving for more quickly as the main character develops. Looking forward to reading book 2.Published 15 days ago by R. Vissers
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I've read this book a few times over the years. Simple, detailed, good read.Published 24 days ago by Tim Martin
I don't know how many times I have read this but it won't be my last time either. Elizabeth Moon is a fantastic writer set in an unbelievable world with unbelievable races,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by DannyS
I've not read this book, but I bought it for my teenagers. For about two weeks (it's a thick book) it was all they could talk about. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joel