Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion #1)
Paksenarrion — Paks for short — is somebody special. She knows it, even if nobody else does yet. No way will she follow her father’s orders to marry the pig farmer down the road. She’s off to join the army, even if it means she can never see her family again.
And so her adventure begins . . . the adventure that transforms her into a hero remembered in songs, chosen by the g
I can appreciate that the lavish detai...more
In the second half of the book some excitement finally comes up as well as another problem. The book is written from the main character's point of view (BTW, I challenge everybody to recall...more
There are certain books that are just comfort food. You've read them a dozen times, they have enough substance to fill you up, and they are completely enjoyable. They are also high in calories, and you know that a steady diet of them would turn your body to mush.
Sheepfarmer's Daughter is great fun. Paksenarrion, a (surprise) sheepfarmer's daughter, runs away to join a mercenary company and fulfill her dream of becoming a soldier, and hero. She wants a magic s...more
In short: the prose of this novel has all the spirit and passion of a grocery list. And to go along with that the main character, Paks, is painfully flat and uninteresting. She's a naive (nearly to the point of stupidity) a...more
Paksenarrion is the daughter of a sheepfarmer. Her father plans to marry her off to a local pig farmer but Paks has other ideas. She dreams of being a valiant soldier on a trusty warhorse. She and her father fight, then she runs off and joins Duke Phelin's mercenary army.
I’m reading this in the omnibus edition, entitled ‘The Deed of Paksenarrion’, but I’ll review each of the the three volumes separately, for convenience. The series tells the story of Paksenarrion Dorthansdottir, or Paks for short, who runs away from her humble home to join Duke Phelan's army as a way of avoiding a marriage being forced on her by her father. This first book is about her training, her first battles and her involvement in the Duke's various military enterprises,...more
Let me say again that I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough. I read these books years ago, have read them several times, and will in all probability reread them again and again.
This is one of those series (I think of them as a single book) where when I run on someone who doesn't like them or doesn't get them I am as the saying goes... flummoxed.
I find these full of life...more
Winner: Compton Crook Award.
I have to preface this by saying that I found Lord of the Ring's unbearably tedious, and that every time I read -or try to- 80's fantasy (Wheel of Time in particular) I am struck by a profound sadness that Tolkien's ludicrous Middle-England populated by gay midgets, gay elves and gay... men became the template rather than Le Guin's Earthsea.
Sheepfarmer's Daughter really is eighties fantasy. A girl with...more
I want to review this in that a wonderful book can be read by a "not so wonderful reader" and be then in audio form...not so wonderful. That isn't the case here. While not the best reader I've ever heard in an audio book Jennifer Van Dyck does a fine job on the book and only in a couple of places does she miss a cue or fail to carry over the emotio...more
When I started reading this, I thought I was going to love it. It had come with such high recommendations, and it sounded like it was right up my alley. I was so excited to finally have time to dive into it! Unfortunately, I was ultimately disappointed. It just didn't work for me... Try as I might, I just couldn't make myself like it.
It was just so boring. It literally put me to sleep whenever I tried to read it. Which was great for those late nights that I just cou...more
I enjoyed this book very much, but then I like military fantasy. The beginning chapters that treat Pak's training and establishing herself within a mercenary company, may seem long and slow to those who enjoy more paranormal/superhero-television inspired pop-fantasy, but for those who understand that joining a successful military unit has its own arc and logic and are at peace with that, this book may satisfy the craving.
That being said, some of the combat descriptions are less than u...more
Unfortunately for all its length, it isn't much more than a military adventure story. None of the characters really get any development or stand out except Paks. In fact, there are too ma...more
My reactions to this book are a little mixed. At times, it was very easy to read; not necessarily hard to put down, but very easy to j...more
I do enjoy Urban Fantasy, but I confess I’ve never really enjoyed much traditional fantasy, i.e. epic sword and sorcercy, though I could never quite put my finger on it. The best I could say was that, “I just couldn’t get into it.” I figured that t...more
The story then devolves into a daily account of How to Become a Soldier and, once she's received her training, Paks's story moves into scene after scene of military maneuvers sans any real political groundwork. There are pages of scenery descriptions which, while they are lovely...more
I quite like that the world doesn't revolve around the protagonist -- for this first book, anyway. There are many scenes that take place without her playing a pivotal role, and she is really just an ordinary soldier (at first, anyway). I like that there isn't anything extraordinary about her that she hasn't trained extremely hard to earn.
Still, I di...more
So begin the Deed of Paksenarrion, the first in a three-book trilogy by Elizabeth Moon; one of few authors who manage to keep fantasy trilogies at, yes, three books.
This is military-fantasy, which implies battles, death, war, and suffering. It shoul...more
The prologue tells us of a written account of Paksenarrion's (here not specified) deeds delivered to her humble family. It amazes them. Since chapter one jumps back to when she ran away from home, that prologue smells to me like a cheap ploy to build interest.
In the following, we get rather a lot of detail about basic training in a mercenary army. While we hear how to handle a spear, what the food's like...more
There's something sort of refreshing about a heroine who is also a mercenary soldier. From the looks of the storyline, the next couple books will probably quickly become bogged down in "Paks becomes a paladin" and "Paks becomes re...more
Next--this novel is very much the first book in a series, and nothing much important happens. Paks learns to fight; she overcomes a few problems; she turn...more
I liked the prologue, which foreshadowed the story with a nicely mythic tone. The first chapter begins in an awkwardly cli...more
Good storytelling, if a rather pedestrian plot. I like that Paks isn't the center of the universe. And sometimes their are things she just doesn't get.
Quibbles: Trays and serving lines? Wayside inns capable of feeding hundreds of "drop...more
Sheepfarmer's Daughter is the first book in the "The Deed of Paksenarrion" trilogy. I came across this in an Epic Fantasy recommendation thread on Amazon. This book is epic in the sense it follows the life of Paksenarrion Dothansdotter, but it only hints at the fantasy side of things with a few references to dwarves, gnomes, and orcs. It does introduce seve...more
For those of you who are reading my review before reading the book summary, it is about a young woman named Paksomethingsomethingsomething who to escape a forced marriage runs away from home and joins the military. Luckily the author must have not wanted to constantl...more
She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie...more