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Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon
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Jan 19, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: sf-fantasy
Read in June, 2011

Elizabeth Moon, one my faves, is on book two in her revival of a fantasy world she first wrote about in the 1980s – and though “Kings of the North” (Ballantine Del Rey, $26, 478 pages) is, as expected, simply very good, she too could have helped her readers along with a little more backstory – or, heaven forbid, a synopsis. (Writers seem to fear synopses more than they worry about clueless editors, but when there are multiple protagonists, complex plots and fantasy worlds, they really, really help make books more enjoyable.)

So start with “Oath of Fealty,” if you haven’t read it already, or better yet, go all the way back and find “The Deed of Paksennarion”, which combines the first trilogy, which was wrapped up in 1992. And if you really like that, there’s one more long book, “The Legacy of Gird,” which will fill in all the blanks. Regardless of where you start, though, it’s a great ride.

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