I am currently reading Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon. This is the 1st book in a series to follow up the Deeds of Paksenarrion series. Book 2 is Kings of the North and book 3, Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, will be coming February 21, 2012. This is such a great series and a fantastic cast of characters. The story is exciting and gripping and the characters make you want to really get to know them.
It's been awhile since I last read about Paks and her trials and yet after only a few sentences I'm right back in the thick of things, re-acquainting myself with familiar faces. This particular story picks up right after Kieri Phelan is acknowledged as King of Lyonya and has just made his trip to Lyonya to take up his crown. Arcolin had been left to watch the keep and guard the borders. He was not expecting the message that comes telling of Kieri's birthright and asking him to take over the Dukedom. Nor was he expecting the intrigue he found when he went to Prince Mikeli to seek permission to take a contract in the south to keep the money flowing to support the Dukedom as they had when Kieri was in charge.
Someone wants Prince Mikeli dead. The Verrakaien are openly defying their Prince, using forbidden mage power and treason is in the air.
This story grabbed my attention from the first page and so far is just as exciting as the first books in Paksennarion's series. I'm really looking forward to the other two books. Kings of the North is in my cart at Amazon and Echoes of Betrayal is on pre-order. Now back to reading!!