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Kings Of The North: Paladin's Legacy: Book Two: 2/3 Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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Moon's novels of Paksenarrion's world have been considered classics since they were first published more than two decades ago. Her storytelling is as electrifying as ever, and her readers should be delighted with this new vista of a well-known world (Booklist)
The second book in this fast-paced fantasy epic - expect brigands, broken alliances and the power of dragons!See all Product description
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What I have found, having returned to the series is that it has moved more from the sword and sorcery of the original trilogy to more ‘epic’ fantasy, which in large part revolves around the inter-related politics of the nations of Tsaia, Lyonya and Pargun. While I tend to enjoy more complex epic fantasies incorporating large casts of distinct characters, my feelings about Kings of the North are distinctly mixed.
At no point did I feel that the book was a struggle to read, with the writing being as great as I’ve come to expect from Elizabeth Moon. Alongside this however, I’ve struggled to pin down what exactly makes me uncomfortable about the book. I feel that, to a certain extent, nothing of massive or lasting import seemed to happen, as many of the story-lines were tied up by the end of the book. While this has the advantage of leaving me satisfied with the book on its own, at the same time it has me wondering how the series will be stretched further without seeming tenuous.
That said, the book in and of itself is very good, with all the ingredients required to make a great epic fantasy book. As well as this, I massively enjoyed the chance to follow many of the characters I had grown to love in the earlier books, and look forward to starting the next in the series, Echoes of Betrayal.
With Kieri discovered and now crowned King of Lyonya trouble might have been thought to have been settled. Not a bit of it. He is having problems with his elven grandmother, who seems to be neglecting her duties as co - ruler (and the reason why is hidden in one of the earlier Paks novels). His deputy, Arcolin, now leads the mercenaries in the South, where 'bandits' look more like a professional army trying to detablise the region. Dorrin, now duke Verrakai, across the border in Tsaia, still has problems with the heritage of her mage-lord parents and ancestors, not to mention the sapphire and diamond coronation regalia that speaks to her and urgs her to put them on. Is there any connection with Alured the Black, who is causing problems down south? That question may be answered in the next volume.
If I have one complaint about this novel it is that it ought to be about 50 pages longer. The incident of Arian and the dragon comes right at the very end, with little or no warning, other than the Pargunese talk of 'scorching fire' and the knowledge of some of the characters that Camwyn 'dealt with' dragons in the far distant past.
This is book 2 of a multi book series - that follows on from her first series of over 15 years ago.
Book 1 was "Oath of Fealty" was a book that you had to read to the end and then wanted more - even though the story had "completed"
Book 2 "Kings of the North" follows on from book one and contains surprises and again is one that you want to get to the end.
Have re-read both multiple times and will expect to do so for the future