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Limits of Power (Legend of Paksenarrion) [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Moon
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29 April 2014 Legend of Paksenarrion
Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her bestselling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
 
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves—known as the Lady—is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.
 
Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family—rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it—even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace—no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides . . . if they can survive.

Praise for Limits of Power
 
“It’s easy to become fully immersed in, and absorbed by, the narrative: [Moon’s] great strength lies in the patient accumulation of telling detail, yielding an extraordinarily rich picture of the world’s politics, philosophy, military structure, history, magic and alien cultures, where men and women stand as equals even in force of arms.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“Thoughtful and deeply character driven, full of personal crises as heartbreaking and hopeful as any dramatic invasion . . . Moon deftly avoids big literary explosions, preferring instead a slow boil that builds pressure without relief. There are plots within plots, but the complex story is never confusing. Fantasy fans will be delighted by this impressive foray.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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“This is an excellent series, and Echoes of Betrayal is particularly well done. [Elizabeth Moon is a] consistently entertaining writer, and this book lives up to her standards.”San Jose Mercury News
 
“Moon’s characters navigate an intricate maze of alliances and rivalries. . . . Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity.”—The Star-Ledger, on Kings of the North
 
“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created . . . No one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”—The Miami Herald, on Oath of Fealty


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reissue edition (29 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345533089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345533081
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The penultimate volume in this epic fantasy of elves, dragons and kingdoms under threat, from fantasy legend and Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Lady of the elves has been slain and King Kieri injured by the iynisin, a corrupted race of elves whose poisonous touch means grisly death for all who stand in their way. As the Lady's elves retreat to bury their dead, strange discoveries are made in the palace, revealing old secrets about the ancient alliance between humankind and elves.

Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Tsaia, young ­­­Prince Camwyn begins to exhibit dangerous signs of magical ability. Discovery of magical blood so close to the king will put his brother's rule in jeopardy, but he has nowhere to turn when even his own family might put him to death for treason.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a small step towards the conclusion.... 11 Jun 2013
By april
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i really looked forward to this volume...i ordered four copies pre-publication, to give to friends and relations, who have been waiting as eagerly as i have...and though i have sent them the copies, i have not covered them with lavish praise...i am disappointed...feels like we are threading water, just waiting...and waiting...i tell myself this is the case with all multi-volumed works...i used to wait for the wheel of time, and i have been waiting, seemingly for a decade, for mr martin, and i am still waiting for heather gladney to finish her series of teot (20 years?), and for p c hodgell, with the kencyrath saga...oh well...waiting again....now for moon..
moon lets us catch up with all the characters, follow their lives for a year or so, plodding along, step by step, getting the scene set for the big confrontations and magic explosions...and then we wait again...i do realize that the fourth act in any drama is the boring bit, that it is hard to lead up to the big denouement, but i wish, how i wish, she had made it more exciting....it feels like moving puppets...you have to read it of course, to follow the story to its logical conclusion...but this is not a volume i will re-read soon....sorry...necessary. but not fun...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing read 23 July 2013
By jenka
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Seemed to take a long time to get nowhere. I normally love Elizabeth Moon and am a big fan of the Paladin series but there was very little action in 490 pages. It only seemed to set the scenes for the next book and didn't seem to have the excitement of the other books. It jumped from person to person and place to place for no reason. It could have been covered in half the pages and then got onto the battles and challenges that are hinted at in the next book. I now need to wait for the next book for some excitement. The heroic death of a faithful soldier didn't seem to have the impact as in other books. Even the appearance of Dragon was tame compared to the last book.

It was a "nice" book but took me 2 weeks to read - normally would take 2 days - but at least I was socialble for those 2 weeks rather than being in a different world and my family got meals cooked - lucky family !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paladin's Legacy 26 May 2014
By C Firth
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A super continuation of the story and glad that Dorrin and Paks are both in this one. Very clear and exciting
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5.0 out of 5 stars great conclusion. 13 Feb 2014
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The final part of the 'Paladin's Legacy' is as intensely readable as the preceding three offerings. Well done to Elizabeth Moon for creating such a believable fantasy series. It is well worth the money and the effort to hunt it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 29 Jan 2014
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Really good, the book continues the story of Kieri Phelan and Dorrin Veraki, as well as other minor characters. I can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch reading 18 Jan 2014
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Admittedly I have followed the Author for many years and will continue to do so. The quality and richness of both storyline and writing is consistent throughout her range of novels but I have to say Really SHINES through on the Paksennarion and Paladins Legacy series. My compliments on a great range of characters and superb story content long may they continue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 4 15 Dec 2013
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Excellent every book in the series is a page turner. You find it difficult to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Moon 10 Dec 2013
By Mach
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Ever since the free e-book version of Sheepfarmers Daughter, The series of books have kept me hooked!!
Fast paced easy to read and full of historic references to equipment and tactics. If you haven't read the series, go ahead, its worth every penny!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story let down by narrator
This review applies to the Audiobook version. The content and pace of the story are, as usual, up to Elizabeth's great standard. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bskinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the rest of this series
Amazing series, loved every word of the set, but now I need to wait til 2014 for the conclusion :(
Published 10 months ago by Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but slow story progress
Picked up Limits of Power to read on the plane when going on holiday, and it was a very enjoyable read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Mogensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Elver, Paladin's and people
Looking forward to the next book in the series, the story has many threads and can be a bit confusing at times, but the actual story is a good one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. BOOTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Stable and flexible. Just waht I need for bedside use.
No tips. A well-proven product.. Can also be moved to other locations at need . Light takes a few seconds to reach full power but this is not a problem.
Published 11 months ago by P Downing
5.0 out of 5 stars Goping from strength to strength.
You can see the overall shape of the series taking form more and more clearly. The characters are realised in believable ways that fit existing construction, the writing is... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. D. Barnett-cormack
5.0 out of 5 stars wow. Another great story from a modern master teller of stories
The story of Parks continues, all the other characters have their own lives weave a spellbinding story. Next book please.
Published 12 months ago by Rob E
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