Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Paksenarrion #3)
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
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
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
There is a lot of foreshadowing on who/what Paksenarrion will become. We open with her father telling the tal ...more
It's all wonderful and detailed. Her heroine never does anything idiotic. But, that's not to say she doesn't find herself in 'situations'. She is sweet, but not a walk over. She is tough, but not Kate Daniels. Honest and humble, she should be boring. But she really isn't.
Sheepfarmer's Daughter tells the story of a girl who ditches home to join the army after her father tries to marry her off to a pig farmer.
There is a lot of marching, and fighting, ...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
Second half mid to high three stars.
I liked it. It just wasn't a book that "spoke" to me. I found it a little clinical. Cold. Paks wants to be soldier with every fiber of her being but I never once felt that desire. None of the characters really came to life for me.
I did like that this book's heroine was a strong young woman who knew her own mind. If it had been written today she would have followed her first love into the army where she would meet another young ...more
Winner: Compton Crook Award.
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
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
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
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
Although the writing is thorough and descriptive, most of the problems I have with this book come down to its third person (sort of) limited narration. Most of the time, details enhance the story and help build the world, but sometimes they're repetitive and yet you still don't get to know much about the world the story is set in. The latter applies to this story. There are a few scenes where magic played an important role (view spoi ...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
A highly enjoyable medieval-type military fantasy. I like Paks, she is a stubborn girl from a small village that has dreams of war and not of farmgirl motherhood and marriage.
The military details are amazing, the descriptions of strategies, training, and ordinary soldiers' life are awesome.
However, it stalled a bit in character development. This book could have been extraordinary but I feel like we are kept removed from Paks' emotional development. We also don't get to see the frien ...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
Brilliance Audio has recently been putting together some fine productions of many classic fantasy novels that deserve to be heard and I, as a reader, couldn’t be happier. I don’t have much free time these days, and most of my reading is now done by audio, so I was thrilled to find that I could finally listen to The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. The first novel, Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, has just been released, and the rest are following quickly. (B ...more
I read this book for the first time back in 1994, I think it was. Some friends and I were holidaying up along the east coast and we stopped in Martha's Vineyard. There is a really cool Hostel there in the middle of the woods (the outdoor shower is awesome!). I didn't want to carry too many books around so I'd only had a couple on me and was being stingy about how much I was r ...more
This is basically the whole book and although it isn't bad it's not great either. Pacing was fine, but what slowed it down for me was the lack of characterization. Paksarnarrion doesn't have much of a perso ...more
This book was written as part ...more
She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie ...more