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Divided Allegiance (Paksenarrion #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,487 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Once a sheepfarmer’s daughter, now a seasoned veteran, Paksenarrion has proven herself a fighter. Years with Duke Phelan’s Company taught her weaponry, discipline, and how to react as part of a military unit.
Now, though, Paks feels spurred to a solitary destiny. Against all odds she is accepted as a paladin-candidate by the fellowship of Gird. Years of study will follow, f
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Published July 15th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1988)
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The ‘problem’ with reading 80’s-fantasy a few decades later, is that it sometimes feels somewhat… dated and predictable. I cannot judge whether it would have been predictable at the time, but I suspect not. Many of their twists and turns have been used so frequently by now that they became tropes.

Still, I liked this book much better than the first. First of all, I’m happy to report that my beef with book 1 (the lack of secondary characters) has been removed. Not because it’s gone, but because I
Amazingly better than Sheepfarmer's Daughter; all I could think of was "here is everything I was missing in the first." Mostly. Took awhile to get there, but we finally see people encouraging Paks to think about what she is seeing and doing. The plot moved along, in a clever, winding way, and side characters came in who were given more to do than just moral support. I sucked it down in one evening (granted, I had nowhere else to be, but still). Moon brought out all the emotions and connections I ...more
Oh man. The last third of this book had all the feels. I was despairing along with Paks and as a result, unashamedly doing the big ugly cry. Thankfully, I live alone. So no judgement there.

Elizabeth Moon does a great job at character development in this series. She takes a sheepfarmer's daughter from being completely naive and ignorant of the world outside her village and realistically broadens her worldview and her understanding of herself and her purpose. The first book in the trilogy felt limited because it was - Paks only grew so far in those years in the mercenary company. It's in this second book that she really starts to come into her own.

Divided Allegiance still seems to w
The second of the Deed of Paskenarrion trilogy, I find it even better than the first. Paks is still growing up and going through trials, and she's learning to think on her own (thank the baby monkey).

The plot is fast pace and entertaining... It does feel a bit dated, but not so much so that I find it problematic. If anything, it's just not the current "style" of fantasy being churned out, but it's nice not to read anything gritty and horrible (at least, not constantly horrible). It is the middle
Loved, loved, loved. At times I was frustrated because the story was so jumbled, and it seemed like I was seeing just a small thread of the woven tapestry. Then I realized that was Elizabeth Moon's genius. We follow the story as Paks sees it, and she is an uneducated girl with limited experience. We understand what she understands. I was so glad when she gained some knowledge and the story became more broad, but it wouldn't have been the same story if it was told any other way.

I would not even
Mike (the Paladin)
Again, as in the first book of this trilogy, I've read the text version and this year (2010) received them in audio CD from my daughter for Christmas. Sometimes a book that is good or exceptional in print form turns out not to be so in audio.

But this one is still great. While Jennifer Van Dyck may not be the best or narrators she's still good and manages to transfer the feeling of the book, the characters, the writer to you.

I am rating the book 5 stars, but must admit to being a little annoyed
Overall this book was much better than the first one in the series. Why, I can't say. It just felt more complete and 'right', where the first felt that it didn't quite know what and where it was going this one had a definite purpose to the story - even if it was never really apparent.

I think that the two biggest complaints I had with the previous book, Sheepfarmer's Daughter, was the boring 'bridge sections' between action and plot points, and the characters simpleness and lack of reality. Both
Pauline Ross
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This is the second part of the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first part told how Paks left her home to avoid a forced marriage, joining the local Duke’s private army and discovering they were mercenaries. There was a lot of detail about army life, with numerous skirmishes and battles, and Paks made many friends and attracted the attention even of the Duke himself with her fearless fighting and loyalty. I enjoyed it very much and looked forward to more of the same. And wi
Continuing my re-read of the original Paksenarrion trilogy.

First I have to talk about the cover of this book. This is obviously a re-issued cover but I like my original cover better.


Both covers actually do a good job of depicting a pivotal character-building event in the book. But I think the original cover depiction of Paks' brutal, continuous death-cage fighting match with the multiple orcs, while all the time being invaded by total evil is the defining element of this entire book.

But enough
Mike (the Paladin)
Please see my review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion. This is a transitional book as many second books in trilogies are. This one however will rip your heart out (if you have one). I love these books and gave a longer review of the one volume set, the omnibus edition. The trilogy gets my highest recommendation.

I have recently reread these and still love them, and I don't use that word lightly. you see me say often that I love a book. This trilogy is one that I can read over and o
The setting is taken almost wholesale from Dungeons and Dragons, and this bothered me more than was reasonable. _Sheepfarmer's Daughter_ had as context the mercenary company, which sliced the standard warmed-over Tolkien tropes in an interesting direction, and made the derivation less apparent. Here, Paksenarrion leaves the company and treks out for adventure either alone or with a small band. So there's no hiding it.

It bothered me I guess because of the implied bankruptcy of imagination involve
Usually book two in a trilogy is the most boring and worst of the three. I can't say that about Divided Allegiance. It was, in my mind, the better of the first two. A large part of the reason is the character development of the main character, Paksenarrion. She is definitely changing, facing new challenges and difficulties, and has been transformed by those awful experiences. Now, my sympathies are aroused, and I not only want to, but need to finish the third book of the trilogy so I can see wha ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Divided Allegiance is a much more traditional and less military fantasy than its predecessor. In fact, the first act involves two very nearly stereotypical D&D-style dungeon crawls, complete with magical armor that inexplicably fits perfectly and a black-leather-clad thief who excels in spotting traps. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is an amusing thing.

The second act is another training montage, which suits me fine in general. I don't totally understand some of the higher-level c
I couldn't get into this, so I have to confess I didn't finish it. I found the first book to be an interesting start, and initially I was willing to give it time to develop. After all, Paks takes the initiative initially to run away and become a warrior. And, she shows some imagination with her imagining herself at the head of a great army, and whatnot. But that's all early in the first book, and then after that she sort of loses all glimmers of personality or ambition. She isn't even that brigh ...more
Paks is smart. Paks is brave. Paks fights for those who need it. Paks fights for good. Paks is a character everyone strives to be but can never attain because she is too near perfect. Perfect soldier. Beautiful friend. The current work her cohort is working on has let her down and she will not stand for it so she leaves the Duke's company on good standing with open orders to return if she wishes, or work on her skills elsewhere as she pleases. Macenion is an idiot who claims to be a half-elf mag ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Douglas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially anyoen who's read book 1
Recommended to Douglas by: Amanda
Although I liked this book more than the previous in this series, I'm still rating it about the same as the other for reasons I'll mention below.

Overall, this book is consistent with the character and story established in the first. However, before Paks was part of a mercenary force and much of the story revolved around that. For much of this book she sets out on her own. Here we get to see her strengths and her weaknesses magnified. Moon keeps her true to character and believably so. Paks, a fa
Elliotte Bagg
The second book is definitely stronger than the first, Paks ventures out on her own (rather abruptly, it seems super jarring that in the course of a few pages she's out of the Duke's company after spending the entire first book in it!) and the book in general has a lot more variation, a lot more characters, and a lot more fleshing out of the world, magical elements and other intelligent races. Paks is still mostly a follower, which is the book's double edged sword, she comes into her own a lot m ...more
I thought the first book started out strong for the first half and then kind of meandered a bit throughout the second half. This one picks right up where the first one left off, still meandering. Then it really takes off for the second half, although I really didn't like the ending much. So 3.5 stars for the first half, then 4 stars for the second.

Note: Series gets 5 stars.
It has been a long, long time since I finished one book in a series and moved right on to the next. Usually I put a few books between them just so I don't get tired of the series from overdosing. However, the next book is the last of a trilogy and this one ended on a cliffhanger, so I will be moving right to Oath of Gold.

This second book continues the story of Paksenarrion, a sheepfarmer's daughter who is now a 3-year veteran mercenary who has a longing for something more honorable. She wants t
Jesse Whitehead
A mediocre fantasy about a young girl who joins a mercenary crew turns into a powerful contemplation on the effects of PTSD and depression in the second book. After the first book I was slightly interested in this series. Now I don’t want it to end.
Gets going at around chapter 7. There's a definite D&D feel to this since there is not a major overarching storyline and it's just about Paks (Moon's D&D paladin character, I guess) gaining experience as she moves from one situation to another. I would characterize the story as small and narrow. Stuff that's supposed to be a big deal just doesn't come across that way. For example, (view spoiler) ...more
Neill Smith
After the death of Sinavia, Paksennarion decides to leave Duke Phelan's Company rather than exact revenge on the troops of Sinavia. The Duke agrees and suggests that she could head home or seek training as a squire and then possibly a knight. He asks her to deliver a scroll to the Halveric's steading that is on her way. She signs on as a caravan guard and stays with them until she needs to branch off to make her delivery for the Duke. This leads her into new adventures and ultimate training as a ...more
There are some things I really like about this book. The story takes a number of turns that aren't foreseen by the reader. Sometimes fantasy novels can be a little predictable, but Paksenarrion goes through trials that I didn't see coming.

I also really like the almost chatty way in which the novel is written, without huge explanations about new characters and events. Novels need to allow a reader to use their imagination somewhat, and I felt this was better at that than the first novel.

I'm eager
Jonathan Scotese
I like it. It is very different from the fantasy I have been reading recently. Most modern fantasy seems to be trying to play with tropes or have interesting worldbuilding, while this seems to be trying to tell a good story while fitting within the standard conventions. The story style reminds of Mercedes Lackey's. It is pretty standard non-epic fantasy with added focus on sexism and trauma. It's not gritty fantasy by modern standards but I think it is grittier than its contemporaries.
"Divided Allegiance" is book 2 of the "The Deed of Paksenarrion" series by Elizabeth Moon. It is a good read but it's a transition story. Paks is trying to figure out who she is and what she can be. It gets a little tiresome at times as she tries to discover things about herself that seem rather obvious to the reader.

The Story: Paks has left the Duke's company to become a hired sword. She knows she needs more training so she heads north carrying a message for friend. Along the way she meets a el
Vote: 4,00
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(second book of the Deed of Paksennarion Series)

I've just read the first book of this Series and while I've enjoyed it I didn't found it to be so great as some reviews were implying... The second one explain those enthusiastic reviews: after the somewhat slow beginning this series grows up to be one of the best Fantasy works I've ever read.

The world (3,75), little developed in the previous installment (we were seeing it from the sheepfarmer daughter point of view!), is
Apr 20, 2014 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to HeavyReader by: Michael McClung
Shelves: found, fantasy
Unfortunately, I remember very little about the actual plot of this book. I only know I read it because it is book #2 of the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, and I know I read all three books. I only found out it was the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy I read thanks to help from the What's the Name of That Book??? group. Here's the link to thread that solved my mystery:
Chad Warner
Mar 22, 2015 Chad Warner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Topher DeRosia
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I liked this book better than the prequel, Sheepfarmer's Daughter (my review). This faster-paced story contains more battles and magic, and feels more like a fantasy quest. It features elves, gnomes, and other creatures that were merely mentioned in Sheepfarmer’s Daughter. Overall, this book is much darker, as Paks confronts evil forces several times. I started to actually care about Paks in this story, which didn’t happen for me with the previous book.

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Stuart Macmartin
Re-reading the Deed of Paksenarrion. As I said in my review of the first book, I gave the overall review 5 stars because at the time I first read it I was completely absorbed and blown away by it. I had Belgariad and a few others to compare it to at the time. Now these books don't meet my 5 star rating, but they are close. One reason they don't quite make 5 stars is I recognize almost nothing and have no idea what's coming next, though there is one scene I vaguely remember that hasn't happened y ...more
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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.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie
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Paksenarrion (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Liar's Oath (Legacy of Gird, #2)
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1)
  • Oath of Gold (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #3)
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