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.