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Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion) Hardcover – March 22, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Paladin's Legacy Series

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The languorous sequel to 2010's Oath of Fealty finds many characters moving up in the world, including Kieri Phelan, the king of Lyonya, and Dorrin, now Duke Verrakai. Now those newly stationed must deal with assassination attempts, counterfeiting, and a new enemy who has taken to calling himself Duke Visla Vaskronin. Kieri doesn't understand why his elven grandmother and co-ruler, the Lady, often refuses to come when he needs her, even when a war with the Pargunese and their possibly unbeatable weapon is imminent. He will also discover that his elven heritage runs stronger than he thought. The pace is slow enough to immerse readers in the world as the characters are immersed in self-discovery, with larger events impending but usually not seen directly. There's action a-plenty, but this series most appeals to readers who enjoy their fantasy more thoughtful and intellectual. (Mar.)
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Praise for Elizabeth Moon’s 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
 
Oath of Fealty is the best kind of fantasy: familiar but complex, with substance behind the accomplished style.”—Contra Costa Times
 
“Sheer delight . . . an engrossing new adventure.”—Anne McCaffrey
 
“Well-crafted storytelling . . . hard to put down.”—SF Site
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Product Details

  • Series: The Deed of Paksenarrion
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508751
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kings of the North is a middle book of a series. It's the kind of series Moon tends toward, where the set of books will tell one unified story. This means that Kings starts with events in motion from the recent past as described in Oath of Fealty (and from the more-distant past, with much that is intriguing but not yet explained), and it ends with a resolution to one subplot, but with lots of things left unfinished (and at least one surprise just barely begun) to carry into the rest of the series. It is a journey and not a destination. But I really got caught up in the journey. I'd intended to save the book until I had a little more time ... and then I intended to read a little ... and then I finished it in a day. I am easy to lose at the point where a book like this switches points of view and locations, but it didn't happen here.

I enjoy the mix of world-building and characters. Most of the main characters continue from Oath and from the earlier Deed of Paksennarrion, but there are new ones as well. All are well-rounded; many I'd love to sit in the pub with over a mug of ale, though some I'd rather not meet in a dark alley - or anywhere else. I like the sense of integrity in most of the characters, and the way that integrity doesn't mean that they are all straight-laced, or all in agreement with each other. I like the way the followers of the different religions respect each other. I like the way information about how-things-work is dropped in along the way without derailing the narrative (we learn bits about the management of a bankers guild, running a noble's estate, and training squires, among other things). Overall, I like this book even more than I did Oath, and that's saying something. The only thing I dislike is waiting for the next one.
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Being the second book in the "Paladin's Legacy" I recommend reading "Oath of Fealty" beforehand.

If you truly wish to fully indulge into this universe make sure to read "The Deed of Paksenarrion" and "The Legacy of Gird".

I will not give any spoilers here but as a fan of the series for over 10 years now I can honestly say this is a great continuation and should make Elizabeth very proud.

This series just keeps giving us new aspects of the world that Paksenarrion has irrecoverably altered. Background and realism permeate the covers and make it feel as if I could step inside and be a part of their world.

I eagerly am anticipating the next installment to what should be on everyone's top series to read!
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I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying this second series which is a follow-up from Elizabeth Moon’s wonderful trilogy which is not being published as a whole under the title “The Deed of Paksennarrion. And while I have that on my mind, a reader most certainly should start this entire reading journey with the reading of Deed as it is almost necessary to have the information found in those pages to fully understand and enjoy this later series.

Anyway....

Kings of the North begin right where Oath of Fealty ends. This is not a book that lends itself well to a stand alone read. We continue to follow the adventures and story of Kieri Phelan (now a king), Mikeli, Dorrin and the other senior captains of Phelan’s mercenary company. New characters are added – very interesting characters I might say, and Moon’s world building continues to thrive and get better and better. As with the previous book in this second series, Paks is seen little and plays only a minor role but we find that her “Deed” has many unforeseen consequences.

War and the threat of wars loom in the near future both close to home and from Allred in the South. Various characters are discovering new powers they had no idea they had and trouble if found in some very unexpected places. Individuals are not whom they seem – there are betrayals and surprising heroic deeds from unexpected sources. Moon skillfully blends here world building with the personalities of her vividly developed characters causing the reader to want more and more as they read.

I can see some great deeds in the future novels but I can also detect some sources of great sorrow...but hey, this is Moon we are talking about so who knows? I stopped trying to second guess this author about halfway through the original “Deed.”

I cannot wait to get started on the next book in this series.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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Kings of the North is the second of five books in this series. Whereas I don't think it necessary to have read the earlier five books about Paks, I think this series needs to be read in order, as the ending of one book leads directly into the beginning of the next book.

I learned many years ago not to get hooked in series (if I could help it) until the series was complete and I could buy all the books if I wanted, and not have to wait a year or so between stories, I bought all these books in fast order. I read them in fast order.

Moon creates marvelous worlds, and populates them with believable characters. An ex Marine, she knows how to write about the military, a horsewoman, she knows how to write about horses. Although these books are fantasy, they are believable fantasy. She establishes rules for her realms, and then sticks to those rules.

Kieri Phelan is no longer a mercenary—he's a king! Talk about career advancement. Dorrin Verrakai has also moved up in the world, and is now Duke Verrakai. Magic abounds within realistic limits, and we are introduced to dwarves, gnomes, and even a dragon.

While I don't think it is necessary to have read the earlier Paks books from 20 years or so ago, it is assumed you are somewhat familiar with the characters. If you're a fantasy aficionado, you shouldn't have any trouble fitting, and playing, in this world. Just be sure the next book is close at hand before you finish this one.
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