Oath of Fealty
Elizabeth Moon’s bestselling science fiction novels featuring Kylara Vatta have earned her rave reviews and comparison to such giants as Robert Heinlein and Lois McMaster Bujold. But as Moon’s devoted fans know, she started her career as a fantasy writer. The superb trilogy known as The Deed of... show more
Elizabeth Moon’s bestselling science fiction novels featuring Kylara Vatta have earned her rave reviews and comparison to such giants as Robert Heinlein and Lois McMaster Bujold. But as Moon’s devoted fans know, she started her career as a fantasy writer. The superb trilogy known as The Deed of Paksenarrion is widely judged to be one of the great post-Tolkien fantasies, a masterpiece of sustained world-building and realistic military action. Now Moon returns to this thrilling realm for the first time in nearly twenty years. The result: another classic in the making.Thanks to Paks’s courage and sacrifice, the long-vanished heir to the half-elven kingdom of Lyonya has been revealed as Kieri Phelan, a formidable mercenary captain who earned a title—and enemies—in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia. Now, as Kieri ascends a throne he never sought, he must come to terms with his own half-elven heritage while protecting his new kingdom from his old enemies—and those he has not yet discovered.Meanwhile, in Tsaia, Prince Mikeli prepares for his own coronation. But when an assassination attempt nearly succeeds, Mikeli suddenly faces the threat of a coup. Acting swiftly, Mikeli strikes at the powerful family behind the attack: the Verrakaien, magelords possessing ancient sorcery, steeped in death and evil. Mikeli’s survival—and that of Tsaia—depend on the only Verrakai whose magery is not tainted with innocent blood. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in the history of their worlds. For dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister—and far more ancient—than they can imagine. And even Paks may find her gods-given magic and peerless fighting skills stretched to the limit—and beyond.
Publish date: March 16th 2010
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Epic Fantasy
, High Fantasy
Series: Paladin's Legacy (#1)
12/29/13 ** Had to go back to re-read Oath of Gold, the last in the actual Paksenarian series before reading this again. I'm reading this now to ramp up for the fourth in the series, Limits of Power which came out in summer 2013 and I missed it at the time. The fifth (and last?) of the series come...
So what happened after Paks in the last book, and what happened to the characters who were with her? Kieri is now King of Lyona, and will have to come to terms with his Elvish background and the issue of heirs. Dorrin, the only Verrakai that Kieri that anyone thinks they can trust is going to have...
A welcome return to the world created in The Deed of Paksennarion. Takes place after the trilogy ends and further develops characters we have already met. Feels like it is part one of a new story line.