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Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,662 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Elizabeth Moon’s bestselling science fiction novels featuring Kylara Vatta have earned her rave reviews and comparison to such giants as Robert Heinlein and Lois McMaster Bujold. But as Moon’s devoted fans know, she started her career as a fantasy writer. The superb trilogy known as The Deed of Paksenarrion is widely judged to be one of the great post-Tolkien fantasies, a ...more
Hardcover, 471 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Onewooga You absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read (and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series). I…moreYou absolutely can, though I think the Paks books are well worth the read (and still my favorite, even though I'm enjoying reading this new series). I think they help ground you a little in the realm and its logic, but I don't think you have to read them to figure things out. These events take place after the Paksenarrion books, and she is not featured except very briefly. A lot of the other characters are in these books, but you don't really need the full back story to get them. (less)

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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay....I was going to go 4 stars on this, because it's not as good or absorbing as the Paksenarrion Trilogy. On the other hand, it's better than many books I've given 4 stars, limited options here. Again with half star wish. Oh well. I'll compromise. For now I won't put it among my favorites. But it is an excellent read.

The book is billed as being in the Paksenarrion universe, and it is. Paks herself is in the background of the story showing up as a sort of bit player. Or, possibly more than th
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like adore what Elizabeth Moon did here. Twenty years after completing The Deed of Paksenarrion she went back for a visit to Paks' world. This book picks up straight after the trilogy ends, so there is no time jump in the story, but the writing style definitely made a gigantic leap right into the 21st century. Gone is that dated feel from the story, and a lot of the more modern styles are applied, including multiple point of views and much more subtle foreshadowing.

To be clear: I don’t have a
Sherwood Smith
May 19, 2013 added it
Shelves: fantasy
Years ago, yet another book obviously inspired by Tolkien appeared, but instead of some young guy carrying a magic dingus somewhere in order to become king, the point of view was a sheepfarmer's daughter who wanted to be an ordinary foot soldier. We trudged with Paks through drill and training and first fight and gradually learned about wider matters, including magic, until the gripping end of the trilogy.

This new sequence picks up where the last Paks book leaves off. Paks is in this one (so gla
Catherine Ford
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There is a twenty year gap between the last Paks book and this one. I am amazed by the consistency of the writing and the characters. True, we do not follow Paks herself, but she does appear every now and again. I loved this book! It was super fascinating finding out more about the other characters that we knew from the original Paks books. The magic elements are more pronounced in this book, which I enjoyed. And bloody hell does Elizabeth Moon have a talent for describing horrors and coming up ...more
3.5 stars

It took me a long time to get through this book. I had difficulty for some reason connecting to the story and the characters. Oath of Fealty is written in the style of other classic epic fantasy stories by starting off slow building all the story pieces and characters in an orderly fashion. The author states at the beginning of the book that this series can be read independently from a previous series. I felt though I was missing some background. For example, what is the true significan
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely Elizabeth Moon at her very best. The difference between her writing now and when she wrote the original Paks trilogy is huge, and Oath of Fealty is far more multi-layered and less Dungeons and Dragons-y than the first three Paks books.

"Oath" sees a change of focus from Paks onto other people in the novels, bringing into focus Kieri, the new King of Lyonya and Dorrin, originally one of Kieri's captains, but now promoted to Lord Verrakai as all her relatives are placed under att
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Turn back the hands of time to 1991. That was the year that I discovered a book titled The Sheepfarmer's Daughter. It was not at all what I had expected it to be. I found myself enthralled, no only with the characters but also the world that had been created by the author, Elizabeth Moon.

I wound up searching a number of second-hand bookshops to find Divided Allegiance and finally Oath of Gold, the second and third books about the life and deeds of Paksenarrion Dorthansdottor.

In 2005, during a
This is the first book in the Paladin's Legacy series, which is itself a sequel to the Deed of Paksenarrion series. I read that first series earlier in the year, and I was excited to return to the world and the characters for this follow up series. The book starts in the immediate aftermath of the end of the Paksenarrion trilogy. Instead of following Paks, this series focuses on her friends and former commanders. Kieri Phelan is now King of Lyonya and has to learn about his half-elven heritage a ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
You know what I really lack in epic fantasy? Accounting. I always wonder, but how did you afford to buy a new saddle for your troops and under what credit line? Where are your streams of revenue and how many campaigns do you need to do to support your villagers?

This book has one plot, despite 3 characters. Person is suddenly put in position of power they feel unqualified for. They spend a lot of time bemoaning that. They encounter challenges, each one handled absolutely perfectly as the honestes
Another great read as this superb series continues.
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Ada Campbell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I really liked this book! I LOVED how the characters all believed in a God and actively prayed to them KNOWING they were real and could help. I LOVED how even though they believed in different Gods they still respected one another's beliefs and worked together, in several instances even inviting the others to help with their own prayers and powers. BUT although there is a respect for religions this book is not a preachy, religious book, and religion was not the main focus. It is a fantasy th ...more
Patricia Litz
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I was at a low in my choices of books and decided to give these a try. Now I have 5 or 6 more to read. I like the magic and the character building of each of the main characters in the first book 20 years ago. I had not attempted to read these before I retired because they are huge and detailed books.
Thanks to Elizabeth Moon for her imagination and story telling.
Elizabeth Moon’s bestselling science fiction novels featuring Kylara Vatta have earned her rave reviews and comparison to such giants as Robert Heinlein and Lois McMaster Bujold. But as Moon’s devoted fans know, she started her career as a fantasy writer. The superb trilogy known as The Deed of Paksenarrion is widely judged to be one of the great post-Tolkien fantasies, a masterpiece of sustained world-building and realistic military action. Now Moon returns to this thrilling realm for the first
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this book wildly uneven but in the end I still liked it very much. Strangely, it had very much a first book feel, which make sense as it is the first book in the newest series set in the The Deed of Paksenarrion universe. But yet, it is a continuation of the earlier trilogy as it picks up right where that trilogy ended.

There are three storylines going on in this book. One follows ex-Duke, now King, Phelan as he takes over his duties and begins his reign in Lyonya. As much as I enjoyed t
Althea Ann
Nov 07, 2011 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
Barb in Maryland
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
Oh wow--I am not disappointed at all! This first in the next series of books that directly follow The Deeds of Paksenarrion could have been a big flop. It is a risk for any author to go back to a world she has not written of in almost 20 years. But Elizabeth Moon is even better than she was in the original books.
The action of this book picks up from the end of Deeds. Kieri Phelan is the new-found King of Lyonia-one thread of the book is about his early days at his new court and his coronation. T
Mar 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Moon fans who previously read the Deed of Paksnarrion
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2010
Although Moon's note in the beginning of the book states you do not have to read the early Deed of Paks, it takes a while to understand what is going on in this book because the action starts right as the other books ended. To me, also the first 100 pages take a little while to get into.

After that the novel is split into basically three stories - Dorrin, who is now a Lord charged with cleaning up her family's holding using her magery against their evil magery; Arcolin, now head of Kieri Phelan's
Neill Smith
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As Kieri Phelan becomes the king of Lyonya after his Elvish ancestry is discovered, he works to convince the combined human and Elven members of his new domain of the danger they face from attack. He sends his old cohort, now headed by Jandelir Arcolin, on a contract back to Aarenis, Kieri's previous area of campaigning, in order to raise funds and to reduce the strain on crops at home. Dorris Verrakai, long estranged from her evil magical family, has the magical powers which were blocked when s ...more
Fantasy Literature
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the end of The Deed of Paksenarrion, the mercenary Duke Phelan discovered that he’s the heir to the Lyonan kingdom — the only kingdom jointly ruled by humans and Elves. As Oath of Fealty starts, he has to give up his dukedom and he recommends his captain Arcolin to be elevated in his place. To make things even more interesting, one of his other soldiers, Dorrin Verrakai (who had fled her family legacy decades earlier), has been called back to claim leadership of the evil Verrakai dukedom whic ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I haven't read the Paks books in years, so in some ways I was like a new reader. If you don't already know and love the characters, this book is not going to make you fall in love with them. Everybody is competent. Everybody's uncertain they can take on their new role. Paks shows up from time to time and smiles a lot. There's a lot of sending orders and summary of action, and bearing up bravely under emotional strain that, frankly, doesn't feel particularly strained. The climax doesn't feel part ...more
David Broussard
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, military
A good start to reintroduce us to the world of Paksenarrion. The story is much more disjointed en the original, if only because the story is told from multiple points of view as opposed to all from Paks' viewpoint. It picks up immediately after the completion of the prior trilogy and allows us to see that the end of the epic tale is actually just the beginning of the political struggles at await...also that not all of the enemy has been discovered and defeated.

If I have one complaint about the
Holly Heisey
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Deed of Paksenarrion told a military fantasy epic which I liked, but fell short of being a favorite. But in Oath of Fealty, set back in Paks' world, the author's skill is in full force. The subtly rich world is deepened, following some of the lines of traditional fantasy while surprising in others. The pacing was quick and action authentic, the magic system complex, and I fell truly in love with these complex characters. I can't wait to read the next book!
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great story! I first came across this author through her short story Combat Shopping, which appeared in a collection of sci-fi short stories called Escape from Earth. I've never been a big sci-fi fan but a couple of the stories in that book were very entertaining. I'll be looking for more Elizabeth Moon books.
Oath of Fealty was not even close to the other Paksenarrion books. I kept on reading it because I like the story and the world. Paks takes a small part in this book. The other characters all seem to be getting some kind of promotion.

I'll probably be reading the next book as well.
Rosalind M
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I wanted to give this a higher rating, but it felt like too much detail about too many different storylines was squeezed into this one book. That said, I was startled when I realized I had reached the last page, and I look forward to the next book in the series (please? Please?)
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The long awaited sequel to the Deed of Paksenarrion. In this book, we follow the characters of now King Kieri, Captain Arcolin, Captain Dorrin, and Crown Prince Mikeli. Paks shows up as a minor character as well. The novel is action-packed and full of intrigue from beginning to end.
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fantasy
Not as good as The Deed of Paksinarrion.
Kerr Cuhulain
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Good story, strong characters, enjoyed reading this a lot.
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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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