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Kings of the North (Paladin's Legacy #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,130 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Elizabeth Moon returns to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter--Paks for short--in this second volume of a new series filled with all the bold imaginative flights, meticulous world-building, realistic military action, and deft characterization that readers have come to expect from this award-winning author. In "Kings of the North, " Moon is working ...more
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Published March 31st 2011 by Del Rey Books (first published 2011)
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Colleen
Apr 07, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it
The Deed of Paksenarrion series continued into book five with Kings of the North. It was definitely a bridge book, from Oath of Fealty to... wherever we are going from here. I enjoyed it mightily. I am enjoying the evolution of Duke-now-King Phelan, and the maturation of all of the characters that we are revisiting from the young adventure novels published twenty-cough years ago.

The odd thing about this book was that it felt like Elizabeth Moon had finally gotten back into playing the game with
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Catherine Ford
Nov 22, 2015 Catherine Ford rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
First of all I would like to commend the author and give her a freaking massive hug for dealing with blindness the way she did! Thank you Elizabeth Moon! Yes, just because you cannot see does not mean you are helpless.

On another note, this book was seriously disorganised. I am used to these books being perfectly laid out. But, this...it was just all over the show. A bit here, a bit there. Some extremely unnecessary chapters that added nothing to the plot. Then the ending, it felt like a knife w
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Amy Bunn
I'm a huge fan of Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion, and reading the first book in this series, Oath of Fealty, was like hanging out with an old friend, one that I had missed immensely. I was extremely excited to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and my only regret is that I didn't like it as well as I wanted to.

To be sure, I still love Elizabeth Moon's writing style. Some might find her work overly pedantic, with its discussion of trade agreements, military maneuvers, and the like, but I think h
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Sandi
Apr 07, 2012 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads, 2012
It looks like this book that I won through FirstReads is going to cost me a lot of money. It's the second installment of a series and does not stand on its own. Therefore, I had to get the first book before I could read this. (Fortunately, it is independent of the earlier Paksennarion series and you don't have to read that first.) That first book, Oath of Fealty, didn't really end. It just stopped. The same applies to this one. My dilemma now is, do I go ahead and get the third book now? Or, do ...more
Barbara
Apr 28, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
Book two(of a projected 5 book series) picks right up where Oath of Fealty ended. So we get to accompany Arcolin and the cohort back from the South, we get to watch Dorrin settle into her new status as Duke Verrakai, and, best of all, we get to watch Kieri Phelen's continuing growth from Duke and mercenary leader to King of Lyonya.
And that's just for starters!
But life is not proving to be easy for any of our main characters. There is big, big trouble brewing in the south (Alured has ideas of wor
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Heather Clitheroe
Apr 30, 2011 Heather Clitheroe rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
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Isis
Elizabeth Moon returns to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter "Paks for short" in this second volume of a new series filled with all the bold imaginative flights, meticulous world-building, realistic military action, and deft characterization that readers have come to expect from this award-winning author. In Kings of the North, Moon is working at the very height of her storytelling powers.

Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to
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Dan
Truly enjoyable, I did not want it to end!
Margaret
Jan 05, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, level-adult
1/4/14 ** Re-reading the set as I get ready to read the 4th (out of 5) in this companion series in the Paksenarion world. This is my first book for the new year. :)

9/15/12 ** Still wanted comfort food for the beginning of the school year. Picked this up from my shelf even though it is the 2nd in the series. Must buy the first. Then, I discovered that the third in this trilogy cam out this year and there are copies available at the library. Guess where I'll be at 10:00 Saturday (tomorrow) morning
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Mike (the Paladin)
Finished this a couple of days ago... This one came close to getting a 4 star rating from me. It's definitely not quite as good (my opinion throughout of course) as The Deed of Paksenarrion and possibly slipped a little from the book that preceded it, Oath of Fealty. Still it falls in the 4.5 range so, I wanted to rate it above 4 stars... in the end, 5 stars, by the skin of it's teeth.

The story moves along and continues the interest level I found in the book it follows. There is a bit of a drag
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Kate
Mar 09, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
I read this because I was vaguely interested in what happens after Oath of Fealty (and we were running short on books). It's alright, but I find I have many of the same complaints. It feels like Generic Fantasy World. There is none of the humor I liked so much in the Ky Vatta books (to be fair, there is one joke at the very end, but it feels out of place in a book that is otherwise unfailingly serious). It never felt that the stakes were raised from the first book (something else that I apprecia ...more
kvon
Jul 06, 2011 kvon rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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Mark
Oct 14, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
Found a copy for $5 at a Border's clearance sale, a fairly weak 3 stars. Second in a new trilogy.

I don't want to be too harsh. Like her "Deeds of Paksennarion" series (and set in the same world) it's fairly well written high fantasy escapism. There are moments that are inspired, but honestly a chunks of filler too. An awful lot of scenes consisted of one character reporting to another character what had happened in some far off place, two chapters earlier.

If it were a bit crisper it would be a g
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Donna
Apr 24, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
Mmmmm ... disappointing, I'm afraid. After Oath of Fealty was so effortlessly good, this second book exchanges political and economic complexities for a overreliance on obscure magical incident. Not coincidentally, the story of Luap is frequently invoked (mostly with people saying "Does this have anything to do with Luap?" and "I don't know if this has anything to do with that fortress Paks found ..."), and that's by far the weakest fantasy book Moon has ever written, mostly because there's no p ...more
Lenora Good
Feb 12, 2016 Lenora Good rated it it was amazing
Kings of the North is the second of five books in this series. Whereas I don't think it necessary to have read the earlier five books about Paks, I think this series needs to be read in order, as the ending of one book leads directly into the beginning of the next book.

I learned many years ago not to get hooked in series (if I could help it) until the series was complete and I could buy all the books if I wanted, and not have to wait a year or so between stories, I bought all these books in fast
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James
Jan 25, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Book Is great I am in the middle of the series and have stopped all my other books to concentrate on this series. The first 3 books are narrated by Jennifer Van Dyke and her stoy telling for this series is perfect. This book the 4th in the series is narrated by Dan Bloom. I don't know where to start on the commentary he delivered. First I am sure he has never heard ANY of the Jennifer Van Dyke narration which to come into the middle of the series I would have think the production manager would h ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The second, in the "Oath of Fealty" trilogy, which is an extension(if you will) of "The Deed of Paksennarion" trilogy, this book outstanding in pace, plot, and character. Moon's fantasy world, is richly detailed, with very believable, realistic characters, despite their being elves, gnomes, dwarves, and dragons, as well as men. And, despite the obvious similarities to Tolkien's world, the tone, and timbre are very different. As a veteran, Moon has an outstanding sense of things ...more
Stuart Macmartin
Aug 17, 2015 Stuart Macmartin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
There's an assassin loose! Quick, everyone put on mail while I go have a bath!

Apart from that moment of sheer idiocy - which if you squint real hard makes a bit of sense in context - there is strong motivation from every character. Though some it takes a while to discover, and some is a little alien, as it should be. There are lots of strongly compelling sections to the book, some cool surprises. A few yawns. A few level-ups that were consistent but convenient. Multi-viewpoint full-world fantasy
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Paul Hufton
Aug 27, 2013 Paul Hufton rated it it was ok
Starts too slow, rushes the ending to the point where I wondered if I'd missed out a hundred pages. Every character has become interchangeable and unfortunately that character isn't very interesting.
Kiri
Mar 18, 2014 Kiri rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm torn between three and four stars. At first I felt that this new continuation series was a bit manufactured; there are a lot of plot threads moving forward, and there are times when I can almost see a laborious plot outline laid out and filled in.

But there are times when the magic returns, when I find myself drawn in to the characters. Alas, Moon still doesn't handle romance/romantic desire/romantic interest well at all. And an element that I really wish for in these books is a lot more char
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Rowan
May 19, 2015 Rowan rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While the story is not quite as engaging as the original series, it is fun to learn what went on with the rest of the people who were secondary to Paks in the first trilogy. I like the evolution of the characters and the setting. We see ordinary humans evolving into much more. We see powers coming to life and a further explanation of the Fae realms. We even have exploration of some of the other elder races and more and their realms. I am thrilled that she continu ...more
Annea
Feb 15, 2015 Annea rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Kings of the North continues the story told in Oath of Fealty. Most of the characters are up to nothing new except Kieri who are dealing with annoying neighbors and relatives and starts an unconvincing love story (which came out of nowhere). The story starts slowly and doesn’t pick up until the end. Reading some parts of this book almost felt like a chore. There are elements though, that gives me hope that there will be a decent payoff sometime. I will pick up the next book, but without any expe ...more
Francesco
Feb 11, 2015 Francesco rated it liked it
Shelves: _eng, _reviewed, fantasy
Vote: 3,50
Class: L-B2 (FP) (*)

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

I'm not sure I like where this sequel is going, how the author is changing some of the characters (Kieri seems at times an infatuated teenager, Dorrin an amiable auntie, and so on) and how the twists of the story are less and less believable.

The world (3,50) is the same convincing fantasy world we knew and loved; perhaps the author is now adding some things that don't feel exactly right, but until no
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Jack Beaman
After having read The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy in less than a week last summer, followed by a few days for the first in the series (Oath of Fealty), I struggled to get into this one, although in fairness I had gone back to uni (where I tend not to find enough time to read).
What I have found, having returned to the series is that it has moved more from the sword and sorcery of the original trilogy to more ‘epic’ fantasy, which in large part revolves around the inter-related politics of the na
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Ray W
Mar 23, 2014 Ray W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Kings of the North works off of the foundation set by Oath of Fealty and, with the world/character icebreakers out of the way, the plots really picked up and I found Kings of the North to be a real page turner. Kings of the North sticks with the same three main characters as Oath of Fealty, but lends the spotlight to some secondary characters more often than the previous installment. And, also similar to Oath of Fealty, Arcolin's plight and circumstance is once again the least interesting of the ...more
Jeremy Preacher
May 06, 2015 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If I have only one complaint to make about the Paladin's Legacy series, it's that five books means far too many middle books. Kings of the North is just fine - everyone who was good fun in the last book remains so - but none of the plot threads come to any sort of conclusion.

However, as I am not new to epic fantasy, that's not really much of a complaint. There are some particularly excellent bits in this one. The Blind Archer bit was neat, and Andressat's pilgrimage made him an interesting chara
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trishtrash
Jan 03, 2012 trishtrash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
The second book in the Paladin’s Legacy series, Kings of the North opens up the focus from King Kieri, King Mikeli and Duke Dorrin to other characters and the more wide-ranging consequences of their new statuses. Treachery brews in all corners of the land; the pirate and self-styled Count Alured the Black positions himself to claim a crown and with it, an all-reaching rule. Misunderstandings and old enmities between Lyonya and Pargun must be addressed anew if peace is to be attained, while Kieri ...more
WillowBe
Update: I decided to stop reading this one too, though I had to request it and have it delivered to my local library branch. Look, have Keri finallly realize he loves Ari or whomever. It's so obvious...When the next book becomes available at my library, perhaps I will read the two together. Esp if it's on an ebook- I would definitely read it- I didnt enjoy how big and bulky the book was.

there is this weird thing where I really like Elizabeth Moon's books, but they also bore me to tears until hal
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Chris Jackson
Aug 01, 2012 Chris Jackson rated it liked it
This, the second in the Paladin's Legacy series, picks up right where the fist novel, Oath of Fealty, left off. In fact, as was my experience, it picks up so quickly that I felt as if I should have re-read the first novel before beginning this one. There was no bothersome explanation of previous events to clutter the story, but if you lacked a perfect memory of those events, you could be left behind.

This novel is jam packed, and Moon does a good job with multiple story arcs, but there were sever
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Althea Ann
Nov 09, 2015 Althea Ann rated it really liked it
Somewhere, in the boxes upstairs, I have the books of the Deed of Paksennarion, which directly precedes the story related in 'Oath of Fealty' and 'Kings of the North'. (I'm going to talk about 'Oath' and 'Kings' together, since they're not particularly separate entities.)
Moon's introduction specifies that she considers these to be independent of the previous trilogy, and that a reader can start here.
However, I did wish I'd read the earlier books first. They apparently contain many of the same ch
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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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