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Paks plays a cameo in this first book of a trilogy sequel to The Deed Of Paksenarrion, but there is nothing lost in the new focus. The reader is treated to more of the same in the DOP - moral courage, personal challenge, physical trauma and other fare of good fantasy. The book reads well and smoothly. Moon spends sufficient time with each of her three main characters before moving on to the next. I found Moon's character development more detailed and nuanced than I found in the DOP. Of course, DOP was written in the late 80's and OOF was written just recently. I would recommend this book to any Moon fan and to people who like a good, fast read. I found the reading quite workmanlike and enjoyable. Van Dyke is a good choice for narrator, decently talented with several voices. I was disappointed to come to the end...not because it ended badly but because it ended at all. Have to wait another year or so for the next. What's the series title, anyway?
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
Found this follow up to DOP to be thoroughly enjoyable. It DOES help to have read the original Paksenarrion trilogy since this story is about several of the characters that were in the first series. While this is not about Paks, I found it just as engaging. Elizabeth Moon is an incredible story teller. Also Jennifer Van Dyck knocks it out of the park again. Very soothing to listen to for a long time. She is easy to understand and has a comfortable pacing, with a variety of character voices that at times sounds like a full cast audio production. If you loved DOP, I think you will be well pleased with this one!! Hope there is more to come.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The previous book, The Deeds of Paksenarrion, is one of my all time favourite books, so I was delighted to have more in the same series. The fantasy world feels very real and the characters are solid and likeable. The narrator was well chosen, clear, pleasant to listen to and believable as the retired military main characters. Elizabeth Moon is known for capturing the feel of military life particularly well, including little details that give a strong sense of place and character. I'm just waiting for the next one in the series.
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Would you listen to Oath of Fealty: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 1 again? Why?
Really great story - it's nice to have a follow up to the original trio, which I absolutely adored. The only problem I've found is that it's definitely not a stand-alone book. I will need to get the others just to find out the rest of the story!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Oath of Fealty: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 1?
The most memorable moments in this book for me are Doran's efforts to rid the Verrekai lands of evil (but I won't say anymore!)
Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Jennifer Van Dyck is a fabulous narrator - great voices for all the different characters, and she reads with great expression. Very sad that she isn't narrating the next one...
Any additional comments?
Certainly a book I would recommend, but it would be sensible to read/listen to the first trilogy in order to get a clearer picture of all the characters. I did do that, and therefore loved it!