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Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reminds me of the Empire Srikes Back. Do not read this story if you are afraid to cry. It is a tear jerker.Published 3 months ago by Kall S Symons
We have now reached the middle book of the five-book series. Not the place to start, trust me. Start with Book 1 and read in order. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lenora G.
This is the first of five books that follow The Deed of Paksennarion. It is well plotted, well written, and well worth the money and time it takes to read the entire series.Published 7 months ago by Carma's Kid
If you are fond of the Deed of Paksennarrion, you will enjoy the world and characters in this book, but the story is more fractured, trying to cover too many points of view all at... Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. Booth
Kieri gets a queen, Dorrin gets an heir, Arvid finds a son and a calling, Stammel befriends a dragon, and much more, as all of the plot lines come nicely to a boil. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eskay