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Oath of Gold by Elizabeth Moon

Oath of Gold (1989)

by Elizabeth Moon

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OK, the end is pretty much torture porn. She can survive anything 'cause she's super tough and it only makes her stronger. We get it.

The rest of the book is worth it, though, and the series has definitely become a favorite. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
Paks is a wonderful, amazingly brave person and I wish I could meet her one day. Her growing strength with the Kuakgan is a wonderful thing to behond. I think the Kuakgan is my favorite character in the entire series, well, behind Paks of course. When she leaves him I became a little bit sad but that is okay for her life with the rangers was also interesting. She's slowly coming into powers she didn't believe she would ever acquire and to experience these events with her feels like I am experiencing them myself. As the story unfolds I find I am shocked and awed by turns, this book is full of surprises, although one of the greatest ones I find I knew for a long time. The ending of this book both irritates and surprises for Paks takes on her greatest quest yet, and to finish it she goes into the hands of some very nasty people but the gods smile upon her and grant her peace and acceptance. It was a good ending to an amazing story. ( )
  mariahsidhe | May 12, 2016 |
Paks is back in this one. Action progresses without all the murky D&D-ish running around blindly in underground passages or mountain trails that really plagued my last nerve in last book. Author's writing and the characters elevate it above some of the formula epic fantasy stuff. A little slow considering all the heavyhanded foreshadowing to actually get to the ending I bet every reader saw coming. But a satisfying finish to the trilogy and one of author's first works. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
Having lost all sense of her courage, Paks wanders the Eight Kingdoms lost and alone, a broken warrior scorned by the rest of society. Through her wandering she realizes she's ended back in Brewersbridge, a place where she did a great deed before. In her despair Paks visit's the Kuakgan's grove, offering all of her meager worldly possessions in tribute. The Kuakgan sets himself the task to heal Paks' illness so he can get her back on the path of her true destiny.

Oath of Gold is the third and final book of The Deed of Paksenarrion. It's a story about recovery, redemption and sacrifice. In this book we come full circle. It's great to see Paks realize just how far she's come when she revisits places she only knew as a recruit and to finally grow into her full potential.

While parts still feel somewhat like a D&D campaign, making the story predictable at times, Moon breaks away from this by the end. I was able to guess the big reveal and yet the story had enough surprises to keep it interesting.

It is a great ending to a great series. While I know Moon has written more books in the same world I hope some day she will continue Paksenarrion's story. ( )
  Narilka | Jan 20, 2014 |
As the third book in a trilogy, my review for this book necessarily has **spoilers** for the first two books, The Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Divided Allegiance.

After her capture by iynisin and subsequent debilitating fear, Paks has been wandering for some time when she finds herself back at Brewersbridge. Not sure where to go, she seeks refuge with the Kuakgan. Can he heal her where Marshals of Gird failed? Can she be used for good in the land if courage fails her?

In many ways, the story begun in The Sheepfarmer's Daughter comes full circle in Oath of Gold. One of my worries reading the first two books was that the episodic style made it hard to see the overarching storyline, but this story ties up plot lines while bringing to light the importance of earlier events in the larger scheme of things. Despite the battle scenes in the first book, this book had more disturbingly violent moments for me, sending me skimming through some passages. I had a moment, about 50 pages or so in the middle, where I got a little bored because someone's true identity was clear to me before it was to Paks, and even then it was a major plot point that made me wonder what could happen for the next 200 pages to keep my interest. But that was a bump in a generally enjoyable ride. Paks' character truly develops over the course of this novel, and it was fun to see her progression not only in this one book but in the trilogy as a whole. ( )
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Kanmert Sjölander, MolleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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The final book in "The Deed of Paksenarrion" trilogy finds Paks waiting to fulfill her destiny to be a palladin by serving as an ordinary soldier in the Duke's company, where her growing powers alert her that evil forces are closing in on the Duke.

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