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Sheepfarmer's Daughter: Book 1: Deed of Paksenarrion Series Paperback – 7 Aug 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (7 Aug. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857236408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857236408
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.7 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Moon joined the US Marine Corps in 1968, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. She has also earned degrees in history and biology, run for public office and been a columnist on her local newspaper. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband and their son.

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Format: Paperback
Paksenarrion runs away from her farming family in search of fame and fortune as a warrior, but she is not an idle dreamer, and so follows her cousin's advice to join a mercenary company.
Thus begins the story of Paks, an honest and believeable character, setting out in search of adventure into a world she knows very little about. The writer's skill keeps the reader from knowing more about the world than the main character does, so you can lose yourself in the world without constantly double-guessing the actors.
The life of a mercenary company is told in detail, but never too much. Paks' world grows larger as she experiences more, and if she doesn't understand something she behaves like a real person - either asks about it, or ignores it! Nowhere does the story suffer from those sudden detailed "lectures" that other authors sometimes use to explain things to the reader - indeed, some things that are important in the later books are not analysed by Paks at the time they happen, and so we don't get "Hollywood Syndrome" [- "Look at this scene! This thing HERE is going to be important! (otherwise we wouldn't have mentioned it)"]
Because Paks is good at her trade, the story paces on well. In later books, the character grows, and grows well ... you need to start at book one, and you could stop there, fulfilled - but you can't stop at the end of book two, the story is so well told, and you are so involved in the character that you absolutely MUST progress to the third.
For all the reality of the story, this is sword and sorcery, although there is little enough sorcery until later on. When you do get there, though, you'll notice that it is based upon the Dungeons and Dragons style, rather than the Tolkien style, for example.
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Format: Paperback
The way the Elizabeth makes the characters feel real is by description of the everyday - the bland stuff that never creeps into films or most novels. Who cares if she polishes her shoes or scatches and itch? But after a few chapters, these characters have depth - and a connection to real-life chores and feelings, despite the alien environment.
With less fantasy and more realism, this is an easy book to read without having to suspend disbelief to any real degree. The otherworldy stuff only creeps in at the end, and even then is from Paks' view, not descibed as if from an all-knowing perspective. Tolkienesque?
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As my rating suggests, I thought this was an excellent book, But I'm completely suprised that there aren't more reviews. Has no one read it?? The entire series is by far the best fantasy series I've ever encountered. The only book I've found better than the tales of Paksenarrion is Ender's Game. This entire series sucked me in and wouldn't let me go until I had finished. It was well written with great attention to detail. I've never been in military service, but after reading these books I feel as if I almost know what it's like. Throughout the books, the reader is made to care deeply for the characters and their plights.

I highly recommend this book to *ANYONE* looking to not only read, but experience a great fantasy story.
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If you like tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things (as I do) then you'll probably enjoy this trilogy. Paks is a refreshingly genuine female character who works hard to be who she wants and it's this struggle that elevates her from the dullness "nice" characters often suffer from. Unfortunately when I read the first two books the third wasn't published here (UK - it is now) and I have never been so eager to read a sequel in my life! I was itching to get it and had it imported.
On the down side it is a little formulaic and I find the constant parallels in modern fantasy with Tolkien increasingly tiresome. The level of realism is sound in so far as it is detailed without becoming like an essay on the problems of keeping chainmail clean or what have you. This is not an "important" book (whatever they are), but it is a damn good read.
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Read if you:

Loved the lord of the rings films but hated the books.
Understand that strong gender role models should have flaws
Relish military fantasy grounded in real world know-how

Avoid if you:
Hate overly introspective female leads
Loathe your magic subdued and second place to the action
Get annoyed by slow, sometimes uneven character development

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"Stammel ran his hand down Korryn's back and returned to his unit, holding his bloody hand out. He faced Paks, and touched it to her forehead as her eyes widened in shock. "By this blood your injury is avenged," he said, and took up his position again.

Author: Elizabeth Moon -Female, Texan and ex Marine. Genre focus is science fiction and fantasy.

Personal Bias: I loved, and continue to love, this book. It's like your favourite pizza flavour: You never not enjoy it [Despite how many times you've eaten it in the past.]

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The trilogy "The Deed of Paksenarrion" starts off with this book. In the Sheepfarmer's Daughter Paksenarrion (Paks to friends) runs away from home. She does not want to marry the pig farmer her father has dowried for her. Instead she joins the mercenary band of Duke Phelan in order to realize her dreams of becoming a warrior and enjoy fame and glory. Of course, Paks soon finds out that being a warrior is not all fighting and learning the use of weapons. Jacks have to be dug out and clothes need to be taken care of. Paks, too, meets challenges in the form of other warriors in the Duke's band as well as in other mercenary bands. Not all bands are as fair as the Duke's. He is a strict task master.
The first installment in this series takes Paks through physical and mental development. Some of this development lends a favorable light to Paks, but not all.
All in all an enjoyable book.
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