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Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy Hardcover – February 21, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Paladin's Legacy Series

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The third book in a series based in the author’s popular Parksennarion world starts out with an unusual situation: Arvid Semminson is outside in the freezing cold, naked, listening to some people sharpening knives in preparation for his death. With this compelling start, the reader is fully engaged, with the first question needing an answer: What did he do to get into that situation? From there, the book jumps to other areas and characters of that world, with no apparent ties between them. For a reader not familiar with the world of the series, this is not the book to start with. Each chapter jumps from one parallel tale to another, with little continuity from one tale to the other, but the experienced reader is never less than eager to find out what transpires next. The battle scenes are full of action, and the characters are likable, but the jumpiness of the story means this book is for those who have read the Deeds of Parksennarion or at least the first two books in that series. --Rebecca Gerber

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PRAISE FOR ELIZABETH MOON
 
Kings of the North
 
“Moon’s characters navigate an intricate maze of alliances and rivalries. . . . Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity.”—The Star-Ledger
 
“Her storytelling is as electrifying as ever, and her readers should be delighted with this new vista of a well-known world.”—Booklist
 
Oath of Fealty
 
“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created . . . No one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”—The Miami Herald
 
“Ranks alongside Andre Norton’s Witch World and Tolkien’s Middle-earth for invention, deeds of valor, and battles of good against evil.”—Jack Campbell
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Product Details

  • Series: Paladin's Legacy (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1St Edition edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508768
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a dark tale, well told, but don't expect completion. Engaging, frustrating, long, and there's more to come.

This is a 3.5 to 4 star read.
Anything that keeps me up reading until 2:30am has to be worth more than 3 stars, but a 4 star or 5 star review requires a sense of fulfilment at the end of the book. Even middle books of trilogies or a book in the center of the series still needs to have some fulfilment and completion.

The characters are interesting, Arvid, the Dragon, Beclan, Kieri - all very well drawn. The situations demand attention, and the world-building is lovely. The discussions about wisdom and faith were fascinating. But, the emotions leaned toward the grim, even when joy was present. If you've been following this series, it's worth reading, although you may want to wait until the next one comes out as hopefully more of the storyline will be resolved.

This book assumes a lot of previous knowledge. If you're new to the series, it's worthwhile starting with the earlier trilogy - The Deed of Paksenarrion: The Deed of Paksenarrion omnibus - first book is Sheepfarmer's Daughter. The characters are developed there and the world built.

All in all - it get me up all night to finish it, but at the end, the story isn't over, and you're left waiting, expecting more.
So.. not a 5 star, and not quite a 4 star, but let's round up for an enjoyable addition to a great fantasy series.
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Echoes of Betrayal, which immediately follows Kings of the North in the Paladin's Legacy series (which constitutes a continuation of the Paksenarrion trilogy), is a masterpiece of reversals, revelations, rising actions, heartbreak and hope. In each of the four major storylines, the main characters find themselves betrayed or sabotaged, either at the start or by the end.

Since Arvid was in the worst situation when last we parted, it is only fair that the book starts with him as we left him: captured, robbed, tied up and sentenced to death. Arvid is the thief who took pity on Paksenarrion when she was being tortured, and ever since he intervened on her behalf he has heard, on occasion, the voice of a god in his head, as uncomfortable as ever Pinocchio found a conscience to be, as uncompromising as the visitation in C.S. Lewis' The Pilgrim's Regress. With the oh-so-subtle assistance of that deity, Arvid and the gnome who travels with him escape, and Arvid sets out to execute the Master Thief who betrayed him. Arvid has been my favorite character for a while, and his story carries the biggest emotional payoff this time round. His adventure was so heart-grabbing that every time the author left him to tell what was happening elsewhere, I skipped ahead to the next Arvid chapter. Then I backtracked and read the rest of the book after the AMAZING!!!!! conclusion of his story arc.

Kieri Phelan and Arian, in Lyonya, have the aftermath of devastating dragon fire to deal with, not to mention Pargunese invaders under the coercion of Achyran spider demons. Oh, joy. And the bones of Kieri's family continue to warn him of elven treachery.
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This was the 3rd book in the new Paksinnarion series and I sort of expected it to wrap up the loose ends and bring the new series to a head of some sort. Unfortunately it was another middle book. Some of the plot lines are resolved, some remain tantalizingly open. The writing is good but, this isn't like the original stories, in that it follows 4 major plot lines: Kierie, Dorrin, Arcolin, and Arvid's, so the plotting is a lot more fragmented and I didn't find it quite as gripping a read. On the flip side, you get to see a lot more of the world, and it is very interesting.

The book ends on a sudden note, and I've got to go back and re-read it because I feel like I was missing something.

Other than that, I love the series and want the next book!
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Honestly, I was really disappointed by this book.

The series so far has had dark hints, and dire portents, but almost none of them have advanced, or come to fruition. Multiple minor plotlines seem to be introduced and resolved, making up the majority of hte book, while hte major plots advance not at all, despite being referenced often.

The writing as well, seems a little off. Chapters, and even the book, end abruptly, with the next chapter from the POV of a different character, leading to a disconnect.

While the plot is interesting and engaging, it simply doesn't move.

I loved the original Paks triology, but I find myself disappointed in this one.
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I won't go through the story because it's well covered in the other reviews here but I enjoyed this book tremendously. My only question is "How soon can I get the next installment?"

As indicated by others, this book doesn't bring all of the strings of the tale to a nice, neat ending. I don't mind that if the continuation is available soon. Please hurry, Ms. Moon.
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