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Paksenarrion — Paks for short — was somebody special. Never could she have followed her father’s orders and married the pig farmer down the road. Better a soldier’s life than a pigfarmer’s wife, and so, though she knew that she could never go home again, Paks ran away to be a soldier. And so began an adventure destined to transform a simple sheepfarmer’s daughter into a hePaksenarrion — Paks for short — was somebody special. Never could she have followed her father’s orders and married the pig farmer down the road. Better a soldier’s life than a pigfarmer’s wife, and so, though she knew that she could never go home again, Paks ran away to be a soldier. And so began an adventure destined to transform a simple sheepfarmer’s daughter into a hero fit to be chosen by the gods.Oath of Gold is the climactic final volume of the epic that Judith Tarr calls “the 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.”“A tour de force . . .”—Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award Winning author“Brilliant . . . the excitement of high heroic adventure . . . superbly cast with protagonists and supporting characters that will enchant the reader.”—Bookwatch...

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Oath of Gold Reviews

  • Wanda
    2019-02-10 18:04

    I spent the first two chapters of this book crying. Why, you ask? Because the second book left Paks in such a hopeless, lonely place and in the first couple of chapters Master Oakhollow takes her in and is SO KIND. He demonstrates a kindness that’s often missing in our world today.I had difficulty setting the book down—I really wanted to know what happened. But I just couldn’t give it 5 stars, despite these two factors. Once she was healed, Paks went right back to being a Mary Sue character, who could do no wrong and could see her way through all kinds (and I mean ALL kinds) of troubles without getting bent out of shape. This despite assurances to her on several occasions that she is a better Girdsman now, because she knows how helpless people feel. Plus she’s gone all religious and holy in the cult of Gird. For a girl who used to fight & cuss in Duke Phelan’s troops, it was odd to see her go so far to the other end of the spectrum.Having said that, Moon creates a fascinating world—I would have loved to spend more time with the elves and gnomes and know a bit more about their societies. The ending, although okay, just kind of petered out. Rather like a fairy tale, when they just say that everyone lived happily ever after. A bit more detail in the resolution would have made me feel better about it.All in all, this was a very enjoyable trilogy and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys high fantasy.Book number 249 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

  • JAIME
    2019-02-12 20:46

    I LOVED this series. The world building was wonderful, the characters were compelling, and I cried. A LOT. Poor old Paks goes through many trials before the completion of this trilogy - many of which were painful to read but were completely necessary as both an affirmation to Paks as a character and me, as a reader - that Paks absolutely deserves to be the hero in this story. Sigh. Really. So why the four stars? I took one off because the ending felt rushed and left me feeling unsatisfied. Like my last boyfriend.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-31 16:56

    The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.This book continuing to tell of the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read. I've read some who were geuinely disturbed by them/it. This event (or events) is/are (or can be)hard to read but as is often the case leads into a climax that is well worth it.My only complaint? The novel ends leaving me wishing for more of the story of Paksenarrion. I hope we may get that some day. So far Ms. Moon has not followed with that. There is a very fine series of books in progress that follows up the events here, but Paks herself is more of a side player in those books and the last I saw of her (in Kings of the North) she was riding off in answer to another call.This is a wonderful book, in a wonderful series. Don't miss it.

  • Carol.
    2019-02-17 19:53

    Very good, brought the series together wonderfully (almost as if it was fated); I just could have done without (view spoiler)[ the Aslan scene near the end. (hide spoiler)] You know the one, the Giant Metaphor Scene. It became a little too Epic. Loved the character development and the deeper insight into the lives of the citizens.Will have to revisit the review after a re-read.

  • Hanne
    2019-01-18 13:48

    (given this is book 3 in a series, it might contain some mild spoilers, consider yourself warned)I was psyched to start this book: At the end of book 2, we went somewhere peculiar and unexpected and Paksenarrion could be found at the metaphorical rock bottom of the ocean. The first half was (by far) the best part of the book: Paks struggling to get through the days, her finding her way back to Brewersbridge and getting helped by my favourite Kuakgan. That whole part was actually really cool.The second half on the other hand was a bit disappointing: The entire sword-plot was so predictable that a toddler could see it coming from a mile away. The ending with Paks sacrificing herself was just over the top and too ridiculous to be true. I really wish Moon would have stayed away from that, and have it ending on a fight.The first half (and the rest of the series) are making up for it though. As a whole, it's still a really enjoyable fantasy series.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-03 18:03

    More of the great re-reading kick. I've re-read this trilogy a couple times--this time, I just skipped to my favorite book of the three. Paks is a fabulous character. She's incredibly human--her strengths and flaws are far more subtle than most authors manage to accomplish. She grows up over the course of the three books, but keeps her essential nature. She's loyal and good-hearted, but headstrong and not exactly the cleverest. Not annoying dumb, but she has a certain simplicity that begins as naivete, turns into willfulness, falls into devastation, and finally is burnished into wisdom. If she were a D&D character, I'd say that her intelligence score stays as a 7 for the duration, but her wisdom goes from a 6 to a 20.This particular book begins with her as a PTSD-plagued hobo an inch from suicide. It charts her slow recovery of herself, and how she turns her own weaknesses into strengths. It's both one of the most quiet, thoughtful books I've read and also one of the most violent. There are certain passages that still choke me up every time. Moon has a tendency to close chapters on an unexpectedly soft note that reinforces that careful pacing. But near the end, there's an extended torture scene that's hair-raising but anything but gratuitous. It's a painful but necessary development of character, the moment that Paks' entire life has been leading towards. The joyous, hopeful ending is a counterpoint to the angst that the novel begins with, balancing beautifully. This trilogy is one of my favorite works of fantasy.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-11 16:52

    The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.This book following the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read(in that it can be disturbing). I've read some who were genuinely upset by them/it. This event (or the events) is/are what might be described as even emotionally painful to read but as is often the case leads into a climax that is well worth it.My only complaint? The book ends leaving me wishing for more of the story of Paksenarrion. I hope we may get that some day. So far Ms. Moon has not followed with that. There is a very fine series of books in progress that follows up the events here, but Paks herself is more of a side player in those books and the last I saw of her (in Kings of the North) she was riding off in answer to another call.This is a wonderful book, in a wonderful series. Don't miss it.

  • Frank
    2019-01-21 16:12

    No Spoilers.This trilogy wraps up very nicely as Paks, our heroine, discovers her true self, powers and, purpose as more is discovered of plot and further character development of our main players is uncovered, including their pasts with some plot twits thrown in.This is a satisfying series in the traditional sense, and I highly recommend this trilogy. I only wish our author would write more of this character, although there is a series of books in the same world, where Paks has only a supporting role.

  • Dan
    2019-01-22 21:05

    So very good. I highly recommend this series.

  • Jeremy Preacher
    2019-01-25 13:48

    Oath of Gold is by far the plottiest book in a trilogy that tends towards the episodic. Almost (but not quite) from the beginning, the adventures all center around Duke Phelan and his heritage, as discovered and restored by Paks. It's stronger for it - less of a history and more of a story, even if a bit on the shopworn side. Even when it was written, lost princes and magic swords were not exactly fresh. But it does a decent job of bringing together many disparate threads and is generally satisfying.All else I could say about the book is overshadowed by the torture porn scene towards the end, so that will have to be the focus of my reaction. On the one hand, I recognize that it's there to make a specific statement about the nature of evil and the people who fall into it, and it does that well enough. It's actually fairly moving, I think. On the other hand, it's yet another graphic torture of a female heroine, and I don't have much time for that any more. Quite a few characters get tortured in this series (it's a hazard of having a pain god, I guess) but Paks's ordeal is the only one shown in excruciating detail. I don't think the gruesome descriptions add anything to the scene - it really just feels like torture porn to me. Incidentally, this makes the series three for three in rape scenes. Not a stat I'm thrilled with.Aside from that, I did want to highlight somewhere that Paks is a relatively rare creature - an asexual heroine, not because of trauma or religious impulse or any negative quality, just out of personal inclination. It spares me the tedium of a romance plot - that's my primary interest - but I am generally pleased to see a wider variety of sexualities in fiction. (I'd be happier about the general nonchalance with which the series approaches homosexuality if one of two named lesbians doesn't turn out to be as evil as it gets. Sigh.)

  • Tish
    2019-02-13 21:15

    Awesome series! The first two books were very good, 4 stars, but this last book really upped the level, so that I'd give the series as a whole 5 stars. No more meandering! We get right to it. The world-building is very detailed and the characters are developed to the point where you really care about them. Paks, the main character, grows tremendously throughout the series, which I always appreciate.Some additional things that point to a well-written book are that while the plot was rather predictable, I found that it just heightened my anticipation for what I knew was eventually coming, rather than being a drawback. Also, the series had me in tears multiple times, especially in this third book, and they were not always tears of sadness.I found the religious elements and the elves and kuakgan to be very interesting and all were as well-developed as the rest of the book.Recommended for anyone who likes traditional fantasy!

  • Kiri
    2019-01-27 12:48

    Book three of the trilogy, and this book simultaneously has some of the best bits and some of the worst bits.Best: the whole first part, wherein a broken Paksenarrion finds her way back to Brewersbridge. The sensitivity of the writing in this part is always a huge pleasure to read. Her fear, her phobia and illness, both mental and physical, is so perfectly portrayed in just the right words.As soon as Paks is with the rangers in the Ladysforest the shortcomings of this volume make themselves felt; the intricate details of life get glossed over and things just don't ring as true. We are told rather than shown what happens.Her return to the Duke is another high point, but this entire section is both delightful and frustrating; it is a turning point for Paks, as she begins to truly become a Paladin and to learn to really act like a Paladin... yet because her experiences are glossed over and summarized it all seems a bit fake, and her resulting sophistication (when she eventually makes her way to Lyonya) doesn't really seem like her... because we didn't get to watch her change.I'm not sure how I feel about the torture scene. It's an important part of the tale, and her escape and recovery are equally important, and yet... it's LONG. And DETAILED. Could have used more of some other bits and less of the torture, perhaps.

  • Douglas
    2019-02-12 16:59

    I take what I said about the ending of the last book back. In fact, it was perfect for this conclusion. In fact, this has been one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I've read in a while. Overall, it takes elements from the previous two and ties them all together to make a great story in three parts.Paks grows considerably as a character, and her final trial is both painful to read yet almost had me standing up and cheering at its conclusion. How she persevered through it is a succinct and perfect demonstration of her development as a woman of courage, strength, devotion, and faith.In fact, there were plenty of times I wanted to cheer at the end of the book.The story continued at the same pace. Moon doesn't waste time in each situation. She paints a scene expertly without wasting words, and draws us in without making us wait on interior musings.In all I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy.

  • Pauline Ross
    2019-01-27 15:50

    This is the third in the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first described how Paks left her home to become a mercenary in Duke Phelan’s company, and was a very down-to-earth story of a soldier’s training and campaigns. The second book saw Paks take off on her own and be sucked into various disconnected enterprises. This book was very disjointed, and heavy on conventional fantasy elements, but the ending raised it above the ordinary. And then there’s this. How to describe something that feels like a different story altogether? I suppose it’s not too spoilerish to reveal that all Paks’s problems at the end of book 2 are airbrushed out of existence very early. There wouldn’t be much of a story if she couldn’t fight again. It’s all a matter of having the right kind of magical power to ‘heal’ her. So that’s all right then.The rest of the book is Paks tearing about the countryside on a quest to find the lost heir to the kingdom, who can be identified by a magical sword, apparently. And there are elves and dukes and squires and royal courts and a great deal of high-flown semi-poetic Tolkienesque language, which the sheepfarmer’s daughter has an unexpected knack for, and everyone’s taking orders from her, it seems, as she transforms before our eyes into a Person of Great Importance. And there’s evil to be defeated, naturally, and the religious overtones are quite heavy and... I would say this is all very clichéd except that it was published in the eighties, so although it’s quite derivative, it was probably the norm for that era.For me, it was a disappointment. I liked the first book very much, and the over-the-top elements of the second book were more than offset by a terrific ending. This has no such redeeming feature, because even a two-year-old could work out how things are going to end. I lost interest, frankly, and had to force myself to finish the last few chapters, not helped by some fairly graphic torture descriptions. I think for those who enjoy a certain type of fantasy, the traditional battle of good versus evil, the hero’s journey, the wordy slightly old-fashioned language of courtiers rather than the more down-to-earth speech of soldiers, this would be a terrific read. It’s difficult to do this well, and the author does a creditable job here. There are some quite lyrical passages, especially when the elves are around, and happily it never quite tips over into parody.The story of how a humble sheepfarmer’s daughter went out into the world, plumbed the depths of despair and finally triumphed to become a paladin, a heroic champion, is well-written, well thought out and even profound, in parts. For those who wish to see such things, there's a fair amount of religious symbolism in Paks's suffering and its aftermath, and the whole business of believing in your god or gods and the power of that, but I found it all a bit heavy-handed. Ultimately it failed at the final hurdle for me, with a limp and contrived plot in the final book and a heroine who isn’t quite convincing in her paladin incarnation. A disappointing end to an otherwise very readable series. Three stars.

  • papasteve
    2019-02-08 18:04

    This series is one of the favorites of my son-in-law, Nic; so I had to read it to find out why he likes it so much, even to the point of rereading it several times. I really liked the books, although not at first. The story line was OK at first--nothing that throws you on a wild roller coaster and takes you for a ride. That's not why you read this series of books. What has to catch you, and what finally caught me, is do you care about the main character, Paks, and what happens to her. I, s-l-o-w-l-y became more and more interested in Paks and what might happen to her, with her. All of that interest was paid off in this last book of the series, as she moves from a major identity crisis at the end of the second book, and she is accelerated to becoming what she was meant to be in this third book. Plus, I wanted to find out what the "deed" was from the title of the book, and you don't find out until this third book.I also liked the development of all the different religions that were at odds with each other and created tension in the relationships that were being built or destroyed in the storyline. The religious element was definitely a main theme of the books.And speaking of that, there is, for me, a clear Messiah theme in the person of Paks. I am a Christian, and maybe just have that perspective. But we have a main character who comes from being a sheep farmers daughter--humble, and totally out of the way beginnings (in fact, no one knows where she came from whenever she tries to describe where she grew up, it is so out of the way), who becomes a person who always tells the truth, and is about the truth, who ends up going through a gruesome humiliation, crucifixion, resurrection sequence. I know it may not be what you were actually writing about, Elizabeth Moon (write me and let me know if I'm on to what you were [email protected]), but it seemed clear to me. Through that ordeal, Paks was constantly tempted to give up her beliefs not only in her God, but in herself, and chose to hold her beliefs no matter what atrocity was cruelly dealt to her body. I would like to think I would do the same, and I'm hoping I'll never have to go through something similar.One final note is that I, for some reason, pictured Paks as a redhead. But Nic corrected me that she was blond. I don't know how I mispictured her. I read the books on Kindle and never looked at the cover. Guess I'll have to do that. Thanks, Nic, for getting me into this series!

  • James
    2019-02-04 20:50

    This is a brilliant finale to a tale that has picked up pace from the very beginning, like a growing tidal wave it has picked up pace and strength and built and built and built till this stunning finish. This book captivated me from the start and I read six hours straight from the moment I picked it up, then only stopping when I was too tired to continue, starting up again the moment that I awoke. I must have read this in 7 hours tops reading time, it was one of those books that once you pick it up you cant put it down. Once again the plot was more like a myriad of stories that were encapsulated within the book, with there being no real link between the beginning tale and the end tale. As I said before this is not such a bad thing, normally I expect the story to be building towards something, but with this tale it really does feel realistic. Most books are obvious in their fiction because of 'coincidences' that the author has to create, etc etc but here Moon does not need to. And it works well. I was also interested to see how Paks would recover from her 'cowardice' and while I think that it may have been dealt with prematurely, I can not fault how it was done and believ that it only adds to the tale and the characters. Such as Paks, whose adventures are obvious within her character and the way that it has shaped her. This is one of the strongest parts of the tale, it's characters, as they are all so real and tangible and affected by events so realistically. My largest complaint with the first book, and in part with the second, was the way that it was obvious that Moon's writing had not developed to the level that I had come to expect from here, in a way it was damnably obvious that she was a new writer at the time. However, within this book she has finally 'bloomed' into the writer that attracted me to these books in the first place. So, a short review. But it is a great fantasy book, and it is a shame that Moon's continuing work in this world will not centre on Paks. However, I will read her other Fantasy works in this world and await them with eager anticipation. If you like your fantasy then this is a great series that will entertain you thoroughly. Have Fun Reading.

  • Tina
    2019-02-15 12:58

    Final book in the Deed Of Paskenarrion original trilogy. After the events of the last book, Paks is at an all time low. She returns to the town of Brewersbridge where she spent so much time after leaving the Duke's Company. But even though people there would know her and welcome her, she still shies away from people. Instead she is in so much despair that she finds herself in need of serious help. She does receive it from a earlier character who manages to hep her to return to herself in a gradual way, until finally all of her pain and suffering is shown to it's purpose and she is made a Paladin of the God Gird.From then on the book becomes a true adventure/quest fantasy, Paks is literally on a quest to restore a lost king. And frankly,if the reader has been paying attention, the identity of the lost king should not be a surprise at all. But the story starting from when Paks gets her 'nudge' from the Gods to when she restores the King is pure high fantasy good times. It if full of action, adventure, thrilling fights, excitement and the knowledge that our heroine can now kick ass and take names. I have enjoyed my re-read of the Paks series immensely. Even though I have read this before it never gets stale.

  • Chad Warner
    2019-02-01 13:10

    The fantasy quest achieves a much grander scale here than the previous two books in the trilogy (Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Divided Allegiance). It has a more complex and compelling plot, and more action and adventure. The tale involves loyalty, faith, mystery, magic, and clashes of good and evil.(view spoiler)[After everything she went through in the prior books, I enjoyed seeing Paksenarrion gain powers and confidence. The end seemed somewhat abrupt. (hide spoiler)]I'm a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, and it's clear from the peoples, cultures, and history in this book that Elizabeth Moon was greatly influenced by Tolkien's Middle-Earth. There are dwarves, orcs, evil spiders, elves, a "magical" elvish Lady living in a forest, gods ranked below a supreme god, magic, a legendary sword, a quest to place a king on a throne, and multi-racial battles against overwhelming odds.

  • Jan Pospíšil
    2019-02-09 19:57

    Moon can write fights and battles. And that's about it, sadly. I have trouble with main characters who are being led by the story and Paks is that times a million. In this book she's full on paladin and doesn't display any initiative or individuality, she has no goals, she just follows her gods and does what they tell her. It's boring.The story is also predictable and yet it keeps up the tedious exposition for things that weren't established before and don't seem to be really needed. It tries to tie things up with what happened in previous books, but I don't think the author had it planned from the beginning. The worldbuilding is dated as ever, the elves especially are cringeworthy clones of every fantasy cliche. And of course, we get more orcs, trolls and evil cultists. The evil cultists, good grief...Evil in Moon's world is as if Warhammer's Chaos put on a fake moustache and started twirling it cheesily.I wonder what these books would've been like if the gritty "realistic" dark fantasy wave happened ten or twenty years earlier. The good parts of the Paksenarrion trilogy hint that this author might've thrived in it more than in the Tolkien clone land.

  • Iri
    2019-02-10 19:51

    Poslední díl této trilogie o Paks a jejich dobrodružstvích byl podle mě trochu jiný než zbylé dva díly. Paks se velice změnila, což mi trochu vadilo, jelikož při pohledu zpátky musím uznat, že změna jejího charakteru vystupování byla poněkud násilná. Nicméně chápu, proč se k tomu autorka ubrala. Přiznám se, že tento díl pokládám za nejslabší, ale stále velice dobře napsaný.Celý děj trilogie končí s otevřeným koncem. A teprve až tady čtenář pochopí úvod prvního dílu. Nebo doufám, že to já chápu dobře, ale to už je teď celkem jedno. Měla jsem možnost rozečíst další trilogii, která na tuto navazuje a už chápu, jak moc skvělá trilogie o Paks je. Poněkud opadlo mé nadšení z Kieriho Phelana, ale vynahradil mi to celkově Amberion a mistr Svatodub. Tak, to by bylo. Snad se někdo někdy odhodlá a přeloží i další knihy, protože Paks mánie mě chytá poměrně často a ráda bych si početla dál. Ha!

  • Suz
    2019-02-17 14:00

    The final book of the Deeds of Paskenarrion series, this covers Paks from the time she left Fin Panir, a "coward" unable to face anything and finds herself back with Master Oakhollow in Brewersbridge. We then get to go along with her adventures with the elvish and other adventures as she evolves into her paladin's form and then undertakes the quests she must complete.I think the only part of the book I found mildly annoying was that as soon as Paks figured out what her "quest" was, I had it solved, and I like my books to be a wee bit more difficult than that.But we still had the fun adventuring and action and I found it a fulfilling final installment of a trilogy I very much enjoyed (except for the 5 days of torture bit, I get why the author decided to have it happen, but I wasn't so sure it needed to happen)

  • Tui
    2019-01-31 17:48

    I really enjoyed this trilogy. Paks is a compelling hero and the narrative is extremely pleasing if you enjoy the fantasy style of bildungsroman. Some elements are quite unconventional. Instead of having the fantastic world come across her all at once, as in the classic young-sheepherder-is-ambushed-by-his-destiny, Paks starts out in a low-magic world and slowly, gradually opens her world wider, starting out as a plain old mercenary in a quite unvarnished picture of that work in a fantasy context, and winding up at a point very far distant from that. The development is fantastic. Everything Paks goes through, seeks out, endures, experiences goes to form a layer on top of her character that makes her ultimately quite remarkable.I enjoyed the absence of significant gender role differentiation in the setting.

  • Matthew
    2019-02-01 18:12

    In this thrilling conclusion to the Paksenarrion trilogy, Paks is redeemed from her low state at the conclusion of the last book with the help of a Kuakgan priest. She reunites with the elves and then goes on a quest that involves her in politics. The religious symbolism continues to be central to this book, but it doesn't really seem to be pushing any specific set of religious beliefs... perhaps a somewhat atheistic (anti-organized relgion) worldview. It really does explore the nature of heroism and the responsibilities of a hero, the choices of a hero, in an interesting manner and I really liked this book, I was captivated reading it. Also interesting were the ideas of a how a paladin differed from a soldier. But really it was just a captivating story.

  • Debbie Means
    2019-02-14 21:03

    I stumbled across this trilogy and decided to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed. Paksenarrion was the daughter of a Sheepfarmer who dared to dream big. Unlike a lot of stories, Paks wasn't always perfect and wasn't immediately successful. However, her many trials and challenges only made her better because she allowed herself to learn from them rather than be destroyed by them. A good lesson for us all.

  • Nic
    2019-02-02 19:06

    The amazing conclusion of the Deed of Paksenarrion. It begins precisely where you hope it would and ends where Paks needed to be. I hope they make this a tv show someday. I can't stop re-reading this series. re-read...again

  • Nikoya
    2019-02-09 18:16

    I choose this series based upon the reviews I read. I consider myself a well rounded reader since I have never limited myself to one genre. However, I will say that Fantasy is my true love and I am always drawn back to this style of writing. So, when I picked up this series I was extremely excited due to the fact that I have found a lot of Fantasy to be either formulaic or bogged down with politics. After reading the first book I was "meh" about the book but I kept telling myself it has to get better due to the reviews. "This series has spoiled other Fantasy books for me." So, I kept on reading.Now, I have finished the whole series and I'm really confused. What exactly makes this one of the best Fantasy series ever written? The first book was all about Paks being trained as a soldier and a loyal fighter. Okay, I can forgive her nativity and at times stupidity. Heck, she was a sheep farmers daughter. The author hands out punishments to further strength Paks as a warrior. Okay, a lot writers do this. Yet, I think that a lot of this could have been established through the first half of the book. Furthermore, as they are traveling to new areas there is not a decent map in the whole book. These kingdoms are completely unknown to me and half the time I had no idea where they were going or who they were really fighting. MAPS people they're important and so are glossaries. Then Book 2 is all about the education of Paks. Really can't have a hero who is stupid and let me tell you her pure superstitious ignorant behavior was really rubbing me wrong. So, I think okay that makes sense but where is the story Arc? As, I kept reading all I know is that Paks is destined, perhaps by the gods, to do great things. Yet, I kept wondering where the hell is this story going? Especially after another bought of brutal punishment. So, now we know that Paks is tough and loyal. Which really has been covered in the first book. I feel this could have been covered half way or perhaps with at least 100 pages that lead to the main purpose of the story.And then I get to the third book. My expectations are high since the writer spent 2 whole books to lead to the conclusion of Paks story. Let, me drift for a moment and tell you why the 3rd book really annoyed me. David Eddings wrote wonderful Fantasy novels and perhaps they were simplistic but one thing he did was give enough time to fully conclude the story. That means not rushing through and ending it with a basic " and they lived happily ever after." Eddings tied up loose ends and gave you the satisfaction of knowing how your characters lived. Plus, Eddings world building was amazing so you felt you knew the culture that he was writing about. There is none of this in the series. I mean their are elves, dwarves and gnomes but what about all of the other kingdoms? Then we get little to no satisfaction on Paks fate. ***spoiler alert*********We know that she becomes a Paladin of the Gods and that is it! When the author finally reveals the whole purpose of Paks it is simply to find the lost Prince! Really? Come on now I had that figured out in two seconds. Then, Elizabeth Moon decides to put Paks through an extremely long section of rape and torture (which is particulair brutal as Paks is a virgin and has fought off previous attempts to rape her). Who, after 5 days and 1 night, is then miraculous healed by the Gods because of her unwavering faith in them. And really don't get me started on the Holy Scar on her forehead that covers the evil brand from the torturers. The series ends with the lost Prince put on his throne and she rides off to do more Godly work. The End. Which lend me to scratching my head and wonder why this series got the rave reviews that it did. It lacks in so many areas like a strong story line, world buidling, and a satisfactory ending. How many times is Paks going to be called in question? How many times can she be seriously injured and tortured before she is taken seriously or that she herself takes her calling seriously? The order she pledged to failed her and yet another God helped her heal. Does she praise his name? Nope. Not saying Gird was to blame but I think his followers got too much credit in this story line.Perhaps, many people can relate to Paks since she started as a simple girl and turns into a great warrior? Maybe it is the hidden religious over tones that appeal to people? Or that the main character is a woman? I don't know and I'm still baffled by it. I kept wondering if I was reading the same book as everyone else. In the end this book lacked meat and clear definition. One map in the first book, no glossary and little depth to any of the characters; outside of Paks. I have not been this disappointed in a series in very long time. In the end, I guess it comes down to a matter of taste and I guess mine differ from many of the other people who read this series.

  • L.L.Baker
    2019-01-19 20:05

    I miss Paks already. This final entry in the Deed of Paksennarion trilogy was a highly emotional read. Elizabeth Moon created a hero that truly matters. She is unforgettable. This book contains brutality that I wish hadn't been necessary to tell the story the author wanted to show. Paks suffers horribly. Her suffering was very hard to read. I also found myself frustrated that I had figured out who she was searching for very early on in the story. Despite it all, this is a solid book and a linchpin into her final evolution into a Paladin of great worth.

  • Jody Mena
    2019-01-21 21:14

    Magnificent! I first thought it was audacious when I read the claim that The Deed of Paksenarrion is "the true heir to Middle Earth", but then I read it, and I have to say, it's a fair claim. The richly detailed and nuanced world building and character development layered over the pure, glorious simplicity of classic high fantasy is expert and the resulting epic is unforgettable. I never wanted this story to end!

  • Mark Chipman
    2019-02-07 21:14

    I slowly ramped up my enthusiasm from book 1 to this [ #3 ]. It was so different from the fantasy books I have read. I very much enjoyed the messages, emotional pulls, suspense. What I enjoyed the most was the way Ms. Moon carried the story even tho we discovered the who and what much earlier. I expected the last 1/4 book to drag on. I look forward to reading many more of her works

  • momokaachan
    2019-01-30 18:54

    I found myself a bit unsatisfied as I finished this book, and thus the series. Paks became somewhat uninteresting to me when she gained her holy powers; it was evident from that point that everything she was involved in would turn out OK. A personal opinion, I know, but I liked Paks much better in the first book.