Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon

3 Sept 2011 finished Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion) by Elizabeth Moon and gave it 5 stars. 

This book carried more excitement and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.  After reading Oath of Fealty I immediately downloaded Kings of the North to my Kindle.  Getting back in to this series I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  This is an awesome story and I loved every minute of it. 

Picking up with Kieri still having misgivings about getting the elves & humans to cooperate, getting his council to agree on a defensive troops and trying to find out why his grandmother, the ruler of the elven kingdom was ignoring him. 

Dorrin, Duke Verrakai, is still working to clear out the evil left by her family, healing land & people alike.  She's finding out things about her history that both confuse and scare her and yet she forges ahead trying to help those her family terrorized and clean the foul stench of blood magic from the land. 

Arcolin is discovering that the thieves he's been hired to remove are more than they seem.  An old enemy from the south is gearing up and getting ready to move north and west sure he has the right to rule over all. 

Mikeli is once again saved from assassination and he begins his rule facing new threats, making new alliances and finiding that many things taken for granted are not all that they seem. 

Daring rescues, chases, fights, assassination attempts and finding old enemies are not what they believed, even friends and allies are keeping secrets and hidden in-fighting is working against them.  Yet even with all this, Kieri is finding new strengths, new powers, new emotions that surprise himself and everyone around him.  He's becoming the king the Lyonyan's always believed they needed.  Much to many's dismay. 

There are more twists and turns in this story and every one brings new excitement, new challenges & new insights into what is and what was and what is yet to come.  Fascinating writing, exciting reading filled with all the suspense and drama you could want. 

August 28, 2011 finished Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon & gave it 4 stars. Awesome series, fantastic read! 

I fell in love with this series back in 1991 when I read the first book in The Deed of Paksenarrion: Sheepfarmer's Daughter.  This story picks up after the last book in the Deeds of Paksenarrion when Kieri has come to Lyonya and is accepted as being the true heir to the throne.  Young prince Mikeli is being confirmed as the new King of Tsaia and Dorrin suddenly finds herself asked to assume a position she never wanted and never dreamed of having to face.  Kieri is finding that getting the humans & elves to work together isn't as easy as it should be.  The humans are so used to peace they have no concept of defense in case of attack and find the idea abhorrent.  Young prince Mikeli is suddenly forced to face the dangers of becoming king when he is attacked and several others are killed by a  Verrakaien in guise of a trusted friend.  Dorrin, one of the senior captains of Kieri's old command finds herself thrust into the unenviable position of having to assume responsibility for her families lands and people when they all come under the penalty of death for treason against their king.  And in Kieri's old Dukedom, Captain Arcolin suddenly finds himself in charge and possibly in line to be the next Duke. 

To those who have read and enjoyed the other books in Paksenarrion's world this book will bring back old friends and new enemies.  Lines of friendship & respect are crossed, friendship is stretched, new friends and allies are made and yet there lies a deeper evil and fear that presses hard against these new changes.  For me it was like slipping back into a well known and liked world, renewing friendships and eagerly wanting to know MORE! (smile) I really like series like this. The original books draw you in and you hate that it has to come to an end.  Then you discover there more and it all opens back up and jump at the chance to see what's going to happen next.

This is an excellent series and I would heartily recommend you read the original Deeds of Paksenarrion first.  This new set can be read separately but the back story is so rich in details and history that I feel you would be missing a lot by not starting at the beginning. 

The Deeds of Paksenarrion:  Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, Oath of Gold