Oath of Fealty

24 05 2010

Oath of Fealty (Hardcover)
by Elizabeth Moon
Publisher: Del Rey (March 16, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345508742
ISBN-13: 978-0345508744

Gathering Momentum, April 24, 2010
This is the first book of Elizabeth Moon’s “Paladin’s Legacy” trilogy. As such it is laying the background for a looming war. A war in which old magics return.

With Mages able to transfer to other bodies, who can you trust?

The book expands more on the powers of the Marshals of Gird, Tir, etc

The main characters are drawn from Paksenarrion’s old cohort. The Duke who becomes King of the half-elven kingdom of Lyonya, the Captain who becomes Duke of Verrakai after her evil mage family is caught in a treasonous coupe attempt, and another captain who inherits the former Dukes’ (now King) lands and fighting forces.

Paksenarrion plays a background/supporting role.

A good read, although a bit slow for the first third. I will re-read “The Deed of Paksenarrion” before the next book comes out. Can’t wait.

24/05/2010: This book is already out in Paperback in Australia. Today I read Borders misleading blurb about the book. “Kieri is King of a divided land. Human and Elves live in an uneasy peace, newly united under their mixed blood ruler. And they face a common enemy, so unity has never been more important – or harder to achieve. Kieri must try and bind his people together, but a legacy of war has devastated the land and torn apart communities, leaving death and resentment in its wake. The King is also facing great pressure to marry, and consolidate his rule with powerful allies. But will Kieri choose and elven bride, or a human suitor? And will his warrior background allow him to navigate the difficult politics of a fractured realm? ”

Have they even read the book. It looks a lot like the probable synopsis for the next book.

On Elizabeth Moons website the accurate blurb says:
“In Oath of Fealty, book one of Paladin’s Legacy, two neighboring realms each get a new king–and both kings face personal danger and social unrest. An estranged daughter must take over her family’s realm and send her evil adult relatives to prison–or face a charge of treason. And a former mercenary captain inherits the entire company. Assassinations, conspiracies, brigands, wars and rumors of war…will it never end?”

Anyway, I have also just finished reading “The Deed of Paksenarrion” and its prequel “The Legacy of Gird” where Paks and Kieri are mentioned at the conclusion, so I expect the “Paladin’s Legacy” series to link in at some stage – maybe book 3.