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Deeds of Honor: Paksenarrion World Chronicles Paperback – June 4, 2015
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In the world in which Moon sets the Paks series, there are humans, elves, gnomes, crossbred and related species, and even a dragon or two. There are earth-like animals and plants, the foods are mostly like ours, and the way people lived is what you would expect of a pre-industrial era--no electricity or machines. Instead there is magic, called "magery" in the books, local saints to whom knightly orders are dedicated, and high gods. The armies, which include female soldiers, are all mercenaries, and the land is divided into kingdoms, the forest taig, and the gnomish mountain folk. There is an important hierarchy of royalty and nobility, and the working class is governed by guilds and granges. Strong female characters throughout, as well as males. There is innate good with all its virtues, and there is total evil, bloodthirsty, brutal, and dark--almost too dark sometimes, which is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5.
This book, the earlier books--The Deed of Paksenarrion, a 3-volume set telling the story of Paksenarrion, the sheep farmer's daughter who ran away to become a soldier in Fox Company, rather than marry the son of another farmer, and the 5-volume set, Paladin's legacy-- are best read in sequence. A blend of military scifi and fantasy, Moon's writing takes you into a different dimension of our own world.
I particularly liked the Last Lesson, which ends the book on a very strong note. I'm so glad to have this collection.
Pretty nice short stories, they mostly range from 2 to 4 pages each. If you like short jaunts down memory lane, or a huge fan of Paks universe (I am). This is good to add to your collection.
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That being said, this collection is a must for anyone who has read the Elizabeth Moon's books set in Paks'...Read more