Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy Series #1)

Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy Series #1)

by Elizabeth Moon
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Oath of Fealty (Paladin's Legacy Series #1) by Elizabeth Moon

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Elizabeth Moon's Kings of the North.

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Elizabeth Moon returns to the thrilling realm of her superb Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy.
Thanks to Paks’s courage, the long-vanished heir to the half-elven kingdom of Lyonya has been revealed as Kieri Phelan, a formidable mercenary who earned a title—and enemies—in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, where Prince Mikeli suddenly faces the threat of a coup. Acting swiftly, Mikeli strikes at the powerful family behind the attack: the Verrakaien, magelords steeped in death and evil. Mikeli’s survival—and that of Tsaia—depend on the only Verrakai whose magery is not tainted with innocent blood. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in the history of their worlds. For dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister and far more ancient than they can imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345518996
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Paladin's Legacy Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 41,253
File size: 2 MB

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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Oath of Fealty 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
VirginiaVA More than 1 year ago
Having read & re-read Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings' every year since 8th grade, it was wonderful to find Elizabeth Moon's Paks series and then re-read THEM regularly (especially while working in Africa with not much access to English books!). I had never read Sci-Fi, but started in with her Serrano & Change of Command books...and have now expanded to David Weber's Honor Harrington et all. Thank you, Elizabeth Moon, for opening up whole universes to folks who wouldn't have gone there!! The new Paks book takes us deeper into the lives of Duke-now-King-of-Lyona Kieri Phelan, Dorrin, Acrolin et all -- with great character development and plot twists right from where the last series ended. Mages get more coverage here (although some of the same bad guys are still around) & Paks makes brief appearances. The only problem with this book is that when I reached the end, I wanted to read the next one (and now we have to wait, how long???) so re-read the whole Paks trilogy yet AGAIN. Highly recommend this book (especially to any Tolkien fans out there), but it's helpful to read the first three books - totally amazing!
SLLopata More than 1 year ago
"Oath of Fealty" is a sequel to Ms. Moon's Paksenarion series. The Paksenarion character makes only a brief appearance in this story. But she continues to be a powerful presence among the other characters. The actors in this novel are among the most compelling I have read. KIeri, the captain of Paksenarion's company has been revealed to be the half-elf king of Lyonya. He must pull his kingdom together and get it ready for the invasion from neighbors that he expects. This is a difficult task. Elves refuse to get involved in human violence. His human subjects are content and used to many years of peace. The distrust the idea of a standing army and they distrust their elven neighbors. With the ascendency of Kieri to the throne, someone must fill the positions he left, both of captain of the company and of Duke of Phelan, Kieri's former holding. People from within the company must be promoted to lead the cohorts in contracted duties. One cohort leader, Arcolin is chosen as next captain. Another cohort leader, Dorrin Verrakai is chosen to rule over the Dukedom her family lost when they treasonably attempted to kill the king and rule. Dorrin has other problems. Because of her Verrakai blood, she is distrusted and feared. Her family were blood mages. She discovers that she too has magical ability. She discovers that her family has been using blood magic to prolong their lives by transferring their consciousness to other people, usually children. The Verrakai family has used magic in another attempt to kill the royal family and their loyal followers. This story stands alone. The reader need not have read the three novels in the original series to understand and appreciate this one. The action is fast paced. The characters well built and three dimensional. While Ms. Moon's work is always excellent, I believe this is her best to date and look forward to the sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific book, after 20 years we can return to the world of Paksenarrion. You don't even need to read the earlier books since this is a new adventure using existing characters. I could not put it down. Moon has been successful with space adventure lately but is obviously just as at home with fantasy. The fans of Paks the paladin will not be disappointed at all. A book that will be enjoyed by any fantasy fan.
Whodat4ever More than 1 year ago
The story is everything you should expect from the world created by Ellizabeth Moon. I highly recommend anyone that enjoyed The Deed of Paksennarion read this book! That being said, I can't stress enough how much a $14 ebook is ripping you off. There's no printing fees, no shipping fees, vertually no overhead at all for an ebooks production so anything over $8 is just plain greed in my humble opinion.
Fyrehaire More than 1 year ago
A wonderful return to the world Elizabeth Moon made real in the Deed of Paksenarrion series. Old friends return with new lives, responsibilities, and challenges due to the actions taken by Paks at the end of the previous stories. Oathe of Fealty begins when Paks was in the hands of the tormentors for 5 days and nights; told from other characters' perspectives. It is not necessary to read the Deed of Paksenarrion series to enjoy this story...but why would you want to deprive yourself of one of the best reads of many decades? This story has many subplots going and it will fascinate and intrigue you from start to finish. The only problem? I can't wait until the next installment!
Katbooks_ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the return of characters I already knew some what. She left a number of plots hanging so makes me really want the next book. To me this shows a great series to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Moon has a way with her stories. Her characters are so real that you feel with them. It is set in a world of hardships, there are kingdoms, great families, and even some elves. Her female character are some of best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great filling out of the characters from the prior "Paks" series. Good story line all on it's own. Two days to read it with interuptions. Do'n plan and going to bed the first night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great new beginning, I am anxious for the rest of this trilogy. This author has really grown in her writing style and her characters really stand out. Love It A Lot!
OtterB More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed The Deed of Paksenarrion, you don't need to be told to buy this one. Paks is back, though as a secondary character. The focus is on what happens to Kieri Phelan, unexpectedly named king of Lyonya, and two of the captains in his former mercenary company, Dorrin and Arcolin. The plot is strong and well-crafted, and the characters are wonderful. There are lots of interesting characters, each alive and distinct, and all of the ones we spend extended time with are honorable and intelligent (though they certainly don't always agree). If you haven't already read Deed - perhaps you've read the science fiction Ms. Moon has been writing more recently - you don't have to read it before you read Oath of Fealty. I think you could jump in and enjoy this one without it. But I would recommend you read the other first.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Due to the efforts of the farmer's daughter Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, who as the paladin saved the kingdom, half-breed elf Kieri Phelan sits precariously on the throne. He must protect his nation from enemies beyond their borders and worse from insidious traitors inside. King Kieri also understands he must earn the trust of his people who have doubts he has the strength and fortitude to rule. Although he never sought the crown, the former military captain vows to do what is right by his people. In neighboring Tsaia where Kieri has many enemies, Prince Mikeli is to be anointed monarch. However, the powerful Verrakaien mage lord families attempt a coup. Mikeli counters while Dorrin Verrakai who did not participate must prove her innocence as a non blood using mage if the prince is to become king. Meanwhile the Gird has directed the paladin to perform other tasks. Thus two new kings must find new allies if they are to succeed at governance that helps their respective nations. This is a terrific spin off from the wonderful The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy (see Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold) in which fans will relish the new entry and newcomers do not need to go back to read the previous saga first; as Elizabeth Moon deftly interweaves the past into the storyline. The story of two kings and kingdoms is Ms. Moon at her best as political, military and economic intrigue threatens two rookie monarchs with the most dangerous enemies of each at court. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 11 days ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very glad to see this series from Ms Moon as I did wonder what happened with Paks' friends and cohorts.  As usual, Ms Moon did a  fantastic job of writing a great book and she is one of my favorite authors so I tried to get everything she writes in the sci fi/fantasy genres.
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Great Story!! Nice to see some of the other character's backgrounds and tales. And yes, while Paks makes a few cameos, people, this is NOT about Paks!! That's already been done, ok? This is a great companion/continuation tale about the other people in Paks' life. It's a great start tp a new series, set in the same world, at the same time. You'd be foolish to miss it!!
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LahainaWalt More than 1 year ago
Good storyline, well developed characters. Enough magic/powers to keep it interesting, but not dominate the entire book. Having never read anything by Moon prior, I was wary of just jumping in, but these characters made sense on their own and I didn't feel I was missing anything by not having read the earlier books (I may go back now, because I like her work)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent in every way.
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deesy58 More than 1 year ago
This book is a continuation of the "Paksenarrion" series. Even so, the author does a very good job of providing a sufficient backstory that this book can be read as a stand-alone story without missing anything substantial. Well-written with loose ends very well tied up at the end, even though it is clear that the story will continue in future books.