Divided Allegiance

Divided Allegiance

by Elizabeth Moon


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The Compton Crook Award winning Deeds of Paksenarrion series continues as Paksenarrion continues her journey from sheepfarmer's daughter to warrior hero. Includes a new introduction by author Elizabeth Moon.

Once a sheepfarmer's daughter, now a seasoned veteran, Paksenarrion has proven herself a fighter. Years with Duke Phelan's Company taught her weaponry, discipline, and how to react as part of a military unit.

Now, though, Paks feels spurred to a solitary destiny. Against all odds she is accepted as a paladin-candidate by the fellowship of Gird. Years of study will follow, for a paladin must be versed in diplomacy and magic as well as the fighting arts. But before she is fully trained, Paks is called on her first mission: to seek out the fabled stronghold of Luap far to the west. The way is long, the dangers many—and not even the Marshal-General of Gird can say whether glory or ruin awaits.

Features an all-new introduction by the author!

About Elizabeth Moon:

“Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. It’s a corker!”—Kirkus Reviews

“Moon has created a richly imagined universe of different cultures, replete with intriguing characters and the sense of unlimited possibility that characterizes the most appealing science fiction.”—School Library Journal

“Rip-roaring action and intriguing science and tactics . . . [a] grand space opera tour de force.”—Publishers Weekly

"[T]he first work of high heroic fantasy I've seen that has taken the work of Tolkien, assimilated it totally and deeply and absolutely, and produced something altogether new and yet incontestably based on the master... [Moon's] military knowledge is impressive, her picture of life in a mercenary company most convincing. I'm deeply impressed."—Judith Tarr

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481483728
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 435,452
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Former Marine Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including Victory Conditions, Command Decision, Engaging the Enemy, Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas.

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Divided Allegiance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whoa. I jumped right into this book after reading the first in the series. The mood here is different; Paks, having left Duke Phelan's company, journeys across the land trying to find new noble work as a mercenary. After she is selected to be a Paladin-candidate in the Orders of Gird, she is the happiest she has ever been. However, things do not go as intended on a quest, and Paks is deeply changed by the experience (understatement of the year there, but spoiler-free).I know there is some debate about the middle books of a fantasy trilogy being unnecessary fluff. Not the case here. The ending of the book is probably the most depressing of any fantasy book I've ever read. I felt like crying or throttling people. However, it was depressing in a good way because I must read the next book to see how Paks emerges from this experience. She has to. Right?
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you haven't read the first in the series, The Sheepfarmer's Daughter, this is a **spoiler warning** for that title.After defeating Siniava, the Duke's company has allied with a former pirate. None too pleased with what her compatriots are doing and feeling a pull to other things, Paks leaves the company. Her personal quest will take her beyond what she ever could have imagined when she dreamed of becoming a soldier.Paksennarion is a great character to spend time with, and I enjoyed the continuing development of her character and story. The world is more fully developed in this book as well - we encounter both elves and dwarfs, and get a sense of the larger forces at work for good and evil. The plot is very episodic, which made it hard for me to understand the overarching storyline, and left me wondering if Book 3 would pull it all together or if I would feel like the first two books were merely setting up the final one. Part of this trouble may lie with my reading rather than the writing - I took an uncharacteristally long time to finish the book in about ten days. In any case, I hope to see those hints of Paks' destiny, the various gods, and the agents of good and evil, come together in Oath of Gold, which I will definitely be reading soon.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes the story of Paksenarrion, the follower of Gird and would-be paladin, farther along her career as a warrior and paladin. While this was published as a separate book, it is really part 2 of the 'Deed of Paksenarrion' novel, and doesn't stand on its own at all. This book is a bit less about the military and more about Paks the adventurer. It moves along well and tells a good story, though at times it feels like a Dungeons and Dragons game module.
Viggrmot More than 1 year ago
If you desire to read this, get the complete Deed of Paksenarrion. Do not read or attempt to read it alone. This was a horrifically effective and debilitating ending to a novel. I forbade my wife and children, a first and a last, from reading it until Oath Of Gold was published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this in paperback years ago. I read and re read it so much the books fell apart. So glad to find it on Nook! I would recommend this series to anyone. Well written and realistic - in the sense that the fighting is written from a non-glamorous, realistic point of view. Genuinely likable heroine.
veek More than 1 year ago
A wonderful heroine. Coninues the story from Sheepfarmer's daughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great 2nd book in the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy. Elizabeth Moon has continued the story with eloquence and intrigue. In this book, Paksenarrion faces one her first major challenges and experiences the suffering and helplessness of everyday people. Her struggles are inspiring and kept me reading late into the night. Also, her adventures were riddled with moral quandaries that had me questioning my own beliefs. Paksenarrion must choose between loyalty and morality, creating a "divided allegiance." This is a must-read book. The ending is a major cliffhanger, so make sure you have the 3rd book on hand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved how this book continued the series and quest of Paksenarrion. Truly, one would have to read it to make an informed opinion on the matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is short on plot directon and long on unexplained jumps. Moon has most of the elements of good story-telling, but seems to misfire quite often. Disappointing and not realisitc as the back cover suggests.