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by Elizabeth Moon

Running away to become a soldier rather than marry the man her family had chosen for her, Paksenarrion, a sheep farmer's daughter, becomes a legendary heroine to her people. Reissue.
Download Oath of Gold (The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3) epub
ISBN: 0671697986
ISBN13: 978-0671697983
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Moon
Language: English
Publisher: Baen (January 2, 1989)
ePUB size: 1483 kb
FB2 size: 1891 kb
Rating: 4.4
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It isn't very often that I pick up a series and know within a chapter or two that I'll love and cherish its reading for many years to come. Such is the case with this, the trilogy, The Deed of Paksenarrion.

I happened upon a video gaming thread discussing paladins in the latter part of December 2016, where it was mentioned by someone that this trilogy epitomized precisely what a paladin would or should be, from a gaming context. That piqued my curiosity, so I bought the book (in trilogy form). And it occupied my free time for the next few weeks, until I finished it in the early part of January 2017.

To say that I would recommend this book to anyone into the fantasy genre is a significant understatement. I can't recommend it enough. If you're not into fantasy, but are in search of a great tale, you need look no further.

The reader, if they're willing, will be brought upon a high adventure filled with good, evil, humanity, faith, humility and grace that I believe they will relish for the reading journey and beyond.

My only regret is that I hadn't heard of this series before, but now that I know there are other books in "Paksworld", I relish the journey that I'll be taken on in the additional pages of Mrs. Moon's literary narrative. Paks has entered into my "favorite characters" pantheon, alongside Roland of Gilead, Strider/Aragorn, and a few others. If is my hope, for those who read this trilogy, that they enjoy it as much as I, and many others have.
When it comes to trilogies I tend to favour the third. Maybe I’m just a sucker for resolution, but I revisit the final book of a series more than the rest. I take that tendency to the extreme when it comes to The Deed of Paksenarrion. I have read Oath of Gold more than any other book in my life. Elizabeth Moon creates an unrivaled conclusion to an excellent series, leading Paks to an unconventional but thoroughly satisfying ending. This book was my first experience with a female protagonist ending up with more than romantic fulfillment and I loved it for that.

Paks starts the book at the lowest point in her life and she goes on an incredible journey of self-discovery that would speak to anyone, but it rang particularly true with a deeply depressed young woman. There is no magic wand or spell that heals her, she heals herself through determination, introspection, and patience. She comes into her own power and intelligence, growing more confident and self-assured with every page, and it is miraculous to behold.

If you grew up with Tamara Pierce’s tales of Tortall then you will fall in love with Paks and Moon’s incredible story.
Orcs, dwarves and goblins, elves and their evil cousins, magic swords and ensorceled jewelry, charismatic soldiers who turn out to be lost kings, dragons, evil and good wizards... You might think I'm talking about J.R.R. Tolkien's epic series set in "Middle Earth", but I'm not.

Elizabeth Moon once started thinking about how an RPG paladin would behave in "real life". (The paladin in a role-playing game is "a holy knight, crusading in the name of good and order, and is a divine spellcaster." )

The result of her musings was a series of novels that begins with the trilogy in this omnibus volume: "Sheepfarmer's Daughter", "Divided Allegiance", and "Oath of Gold". The final novel in Paksenarrion's world, "Crown of Renewal", caps a 10-novel series of rich and layered complexity.

Throughout the trilogy, readers of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings novels will recognize beings and attitudes that populated Middle Earth. Soldiers and travelers mostly get where they are going by walking. Occasionally, nobility and the wealthier merchants and guild members will ride, but only the wounded ride in a cart. Roads leave carts mired in mud and soldiers splashed to the hips whenever it rains. Freezing and wolf-attacks threaten travelers in snowy climes.

Magic-making and religion are closely tied: Wizards and paladins call on their holy heros ("Gird" and "Falk", for example) to access their powers, evil mages evoke direr beings (the spidery webspinner Achrya, for example, or Liart Master of Torments) to call their magics into play. Of course, the higher gods (the Lady of Peace, the High Lord, Adyan the Namer, Sertig the Maker, and so on) behave for the most part as such beings usually do, staying aloof and omniscient from the mortal world once the initial creation is finished.

By the way, you're even more likely to recognize elements of Paksenarrion's world if you are familiar with role-playing a la Dungeons & Dragons. After all, the novels grew out of Moon's rejection of the priggish way most players interpreted the Paladin role. So while Gird's and Falk's paladins have powers that come straight from the defined D&D role, their sense of "good" and "right" is appropriate to Moon's fictional world.


Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter is the daughter of sheep-farmer Dorthan Kanasson. Unwilling to marry a local pig-farmer, she runs away to join a mercenary troop. As her recruit cohort marches south to fight in a neighboring country, Paksenarrion (Paks, as her fellow soldiers call her) is unaware of the larger battles that await her.

The lands through which the mercenaries march are troubled: orcs menace them, dark elves threaten them, traitors and evil wizards lay plots that will overturn their planned strategies. Paks must walk the narrow path between the necessary violence of her career as a soldier, and the excesses of cruelty and vengeance that claim some of her fellows—and threaten to overwhelm her commander, Duke Phelan.

Sheepfarmer's Daughter provides plenty of foreshadowing for Paks' development of the qualities of character that will culminate in becoming a paladin of Gird. (Gird is a historical hero/paladin, not worshipped so much as used as a shining example and an intercessor with the higher gods.)

Divided Allegiance continues Paks' growth as a soldier, as she leaves the Duke's command to take training as a knight in the order of Gird. The growth of her character, though, is interrupted by several horrendous experiences that leave her scarred and cringing from every danger. This is a much darker novel than Sheepfarmer's Daughter: humiliation, torture, and even rape are some of the disasters overtake Paks as a "free blade" and failed paladin-candidate.

The final novel of the initial trilogy, Oath of Gold, expands the action from Paks' homeland and the areas of conflict in the south, to the half-eleven kingdom of Lyonya, which is missing a prince. Paks is fully a paladin now, though she was never knighted. Her powers appear to come "directly from the High Lord and the Lady of Peace", among others. Her experiences in the previous novel give her a better understanding of the misery endured by those who do not have the ability to fight for themselves.

At last, her gods "call" her to restore the lost prince to his kingdom, but first Paks must surrender herself to torture by the forces of evil in order to allow the prince—her old commander, Duke Phelan—to gain his throne. The story is thrilling to the end.
One of, if not the, first major fantasy story to feature a female hero... I have read the whole series multiple times. The first it was loaned to me by a friend who wanted to share. Then a few years later I hunted it down to buy so I could read it and keep a copy for myself. Then when I finished, I loaned my books out to another friend's daughter, because I wanted to share...
The Hero herself is never interested in sexual relations so other than brief mentions of subject it isn't an issue in the story. There are no explicit sex scenes; however, the hero is assaulted, beaten, and raped early in the stories. Though it isn't detailed, thankfully, as a sex scene might be, it is a subject matter that some may find difficult. For the hero it is one of several defining moments. The author, a woman, took great care to present a hard topic rarely truly included in such stories, and handled it in a way that benefit the story without making lite of the subject or being overly offensive. And that is only a chapter or two of the dozens that will entice and ensnare your mind in this series.