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