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Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,699 ratings  ·  218 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Onewooga You absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read (and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series). I…moreYou absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read (and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series). I think they help ground you a little in the realm and its logic, but I don't think you have to read them to figure things out. These events take place after the Paksenarrion books, and she is not featured except very briefly. A lot of the other characters are in these books, but you don't really need the full back story to get them. (less)

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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay....I was going to go 4 stars on this, because it's not as good or absorbing as the Paksenarrion Trilogy. On the other hand, it's better than many books I've given 4 stars, limited options here. Again with half star wish. Oh well. I'll compromise. For now I won't put it among my favorites. But it is an excellent read.

The book is billed as being in the Paksenarrion universe, and it is. Paks herself is in the background of the story showing up as a sort of bit player. Or, possibly more than th
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Hanne
I like adore what Elizabeth Moon did here. Twenty years after completing The Deed of Paksenarrion she went back for a visit to Paks' world. This book picks up straight after the trilogy ends, so there is no time jump in the story, but the writing style definitely made a gigantic leap right into the 21st century. Gone is that dated feel from the story, and a lot of the more modern styles are applied, including multiple point of views and much more subtle foreshadowing.

To be clear: I don’t have a
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Sherwood Smith
May 19, 2013 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
Years ago, yet another book obviously inspired by Tolkien appeared, but instead of some young guy carrying a magic dingus somewhere in order to become king, the point of view was a sheepfarmer's daughter who wanted to be an ordinary foot soldier. We trudged with Paks through drill and training and first fight and gradually learned about wider matters, including magic, until the gripping end of the trilogy.

This new sequence picks up where the last Paks book leaves off. Paks is in this one (so gla
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Gwendolyn
Turn back the hands of time to 1991. That was the year that I discovered a book titled The Sheepfarmer's Daughter. It was not at all what I had expected it to be. I found myself enthralled, no only with the characters but also the world that had been created by the author, Elizabeth Moon.

I wound up searching a number of second-hand bookshops to find Divided Allegiance and finally Oath of Gold, the second and third books about the life and deeds of Paksenarrion Dorthansdottor.

In 2005, during a
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Kate
This is definitely Elizabeth Moon at her very best. The difference between her writing now and when she wrote the original Paks trilogy is huge, and Oath of Fealty is far more multi-layered and less Dungeons and Dragons-y than the first three Paks books.

"Oath" sees a change of focus from Paks onto other people in the novels, bringing into focus Kieri, the new King of Lyonya and Dorrin, originally one of Kieri's captains, but now promoted to Lord Verrakai as all her relatives are placed under att
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Janet
You know what I really lack in epic fantasy? Accounting. I always wonder, but how did you afford to buy a new saddle for your troops and under what credit line? Where are your streams of revenue and how many campaigns do you need to do to support your villagers?

This book has one plot, despite 3 characters. Person is suddenly put in position of power they feel unqualified for. They spend a lot of time bemoaning that. They encounter challenges, each one handled absolutely perfectly as the honestes
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Isis
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
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Jeffrey
Apr 08, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Moon fans who previously read the Deed of Paksnarrion
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
Although Moon's note in the beginning of the book states you do not have to read the early Deed of Paks, it takes a while to understand what is going on in this book because the action starts right as the other books ended. To me, also the first 100 pages take a little while to get into.

After that the novel is split into basically three stories - Dorrin, who is now a Lord charged with cleaning up her family's holding using her magery against their evil magery; Arcolin, now head of Kieri Phelan's
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Barbara
Oh wow--I am not disappointed at all! This first in the next series of books that directly follow The Deeds of Paksenarrion could have been a big flop. It is a risk for any author to go back to a world she has not written of in almost 20 years. But Elizabeth Moon is even better than she was in the original books.
The action of this book picks up from the end of Deeds. Kieri Phelan is the new-found King of Lyonia-one thread of the book is about his early days at his new court and his coronation. T
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Tina
I found this book wildly uneven but in the end I still liked it very much. Strangely, it had very much a first book feel, which make sense as it is the first book in the newest series set in the The Deed of Paksenarrion universe. But yet, it is a continuation of the earlier trilogy as it picks up right where that trilogy ended.

There are three storylines going on in this book. One follows ex-Duke, now King, Phelan as he takes over his duties and begins his reign in Lyonya. As much as I enjoyed t
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At the end of The Deed of Paksenarrion, the mercenary Duke Phelan discovered that he’s the heir to the Lyonan kingdom — the only kingdom jointly ruled by humans and Elves. As Oath of Fealty starts, he has to give up his dukedom and he recommends his captain Arcolin to be elevated in his place. To make things even more interesting, one of his other soldiers, Dorrin Verrakai (who had fled her family legacy decades earlier), has been called back to claim leadership of the evil Verrakai dukedom whic ...more
Vyvyan
I haven't read the Paks books in years, so in some ways I was like a new reader. If you don't already know and love the characters, this book is not going to make you fall in love with them. Everybody is competent. Everybody's uncertain they can take on their new role. Paks shows up from time to time and smiles a lot. There's a lot of sending orders and summary of action, and bearing up bravely under emotional strain that, frankly, doesn't feel particularly strained. The climax doesn't feel part ...more
David Broussard
A good start to reintroduce us to the world of Paksenarrion. The story is much more disjointed en the original, if only because the story is told from multiple points of view as opposed to all from Paks' viewpoint. It picks up immediately after the completion of the prior trilogy and allows us to see that the end of the epic tale is actually just the beginning of the political struggles at await...also that not all of the enemy has been discovered and defeated.

If I have one complaint about the
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Suz
I went back and forth on the four vs five-starredness of this book, but ultimately went with five because while I don't think it's quite as well written as the Paksennarion trilogy, I still found it very interesting and re-readable.

After Paks finishes with her initial quests as Gird's paladin and essentially puts Kieri on the Lyonyan throne, we get to watch things shake out. So we get to see what Captains Dorrin (pretty much my new favorite character) and Arcolin are up to as well as the politic
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Holly Heisey
The Deed of Paksenarrion told a military fantasy epic which I liked, but fell short of being a favorite. But in Oath of Fealty, set back in Paks' world, the author's skill is in full force. The subtly rich world is deepened, following some of the lines of traditional fantasy while surprising in others. The pacing was quick and action authentic, the magic system complex, and I fell truly in love with these complex characters. I can't wait to read the next book!
Amie
This was a good book. I read reviews on this book before I read it. Almost all of the reviews were good and they all said that you didn't need to read the first trilogy to know or understand this book. I found that to be mostly tire. Never having read the first trilogy, I didn't have a problem understanding the world. Though there were somethings I think were left out in this book that I'm sure were in the first trilogy. Like what the main characters look like. I found that to most annoying. I f ...more
Linda
I wish I'd realized before I started this that it takes place after the Deed of Paksenamon trilogy, as I've only read the first of that series and now I know stuff that happens in the next two of the series! That said, you can read this without having read the trilogy, but I expect it would be more satisfying if you have because of the background of the characters this series features.

As this book starts, the Duke has been determined to be part elf and heir to the Kingship of one of the lands i
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Iri
Stejný svět, stejné osoby, ale tak jiné podání... A přesto tak stejné.

Ach jo.

Po velice extrovertních výlevech vlastního štěstí a radosti nad tím, že se budu moct opět vrátit do světa Paks a dalších osob, na mě dopadl splín. Došlo mi, že když si teď přečtu (myšleno těžce přelouskám, s anglicko-českým slovníkem po ruce) "pokračování", trilogie Paks, kterou jsem přečetla x-krát, trilogie už nikdy nebude tím samým. To bylo na jediné velké: A SAFRA. No, ale riskla jsem to. Nemohla jsem přece žít s m
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Tony
What a great story! I first came across this author through her short story Combat Shopping, which appeared in a collection of sci-fi short stories called Escape from Earth. I've never been a big sci-fi fan but a couple of the stories in that book were very entertaining. I'll be looking for more Elizabeth Moon books.
April
Oath of Fealty was not even close to the other Paksenarrion books. I kept on reading it because I like the story and the world. Paks takes a small part in this book. The other characters all seem to be getting some kind of promotion.

I'll probably be reading the next book as well.
Roberta
The long awaited sequel to the Deed of Paksenarrion. In this book, we follow the characters of now King Kieri, Captain Arcolin, Captain Dorrin, and Crown Prince Mikeli. Paks shows up as a minor character as well. The novel is action-packed and full of intrigue from beginning to end.
Rosalind M
I wanted to give this a higher rating, but it felt like too much detail about too many different storylines was squeezed into this one book. That said, I was startled when I realized I had reached the last page, and I look forward to the next book in the series (please? Please?)
Ray W
Oath of Fealty follows Kieri, Dorrin and Arcolin and details their newly found responsibilities as a result of the events in the Paks trilogy. Paks herself takes a secondary role and makes a few cameos throughout the book, but the book is never really from her point of view.

Kieri is thrust into his new role as the king of Lyonya and he is met with potential trouble both at home and abroad. Dorrin (previously revealed as a Verrakai in the Paks trilogy) finds herself fighting demons from her past
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Donovan Goertz
FYI this is the first book of a 5 Book Series. Book 4 is out, and will be released in paperback April, 2014.
Before you read these, you should have read The Deed of Paksenarrion, a trilogy. If you haven't, it comes highly recommended.
This series is a follow-up, largely the continuing fallout, good or bad, stemming from the prior trilogy. I'm really enjoying the books, and while they might be able to be read without having read the prior trilogy, I wouldn't recommend it. It refers to a lot that h
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Elianara
I love visiting old friends.

Elizabeth Moon writes awesome epic fantasy, and even if this book series is in a way a sequel to the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, you can jump right in and enjoy the ride.

Tsaia and Lyonya are in for a few changes. Both countries have new kings ready for coronation. There are other changes going on too. In this book we are mainly following what happens in the lives of four people; King Kieri, Crown Prince Mikeli, our old friend Captain Dorrin turned Duke Verrakai and
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Kerr Cuhulain
Good story, strong characters, enjoyed reading this a lot.
Fran
Not as good as The Deed of Paksinarrion.
Francesco
Vote: 3,75
Class: L-B1 (FP)

(first of the five sequels of the Deed of Paksennarion Trilogy)

The sequel to the original Trilogy seems much better than the two prequels and is almost at a level with that (if only, obviously, for the lack of originality).
It start where the previous one ended, with Kieri ready to be crowned King of Lyona, and then it follows a multiple point of view story.

The world (3,75) is the same convincing fantasy world we knew and loved. Perhaps the author cuts something in the
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Jeremy Preacher
Man, what a difference twenty years makes. Oath of Fealty is a better book in just about every way than the best of the original Paks books - the pacing is excellent, the characters engaging, and the multiple plotlines are smoothly interwoven.

It picks up smoothly from the Oath of Gold (really, the titles could use some diversity - this is the third Oath mentioned) but follows characters that were secondary or tertiary in the original trilogy. A good choice, I think - Paks herself had reached the
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Paladin's Legacy (5 books)
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