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The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel (edition 1992)

by Elizabeth Moon

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Title:The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel
Authors:Elizabeth Moon
Info:Baen (1992), Paperback, 1040 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:fantasy, traditional, military, series, paks

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The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

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Sheepfarmer's Daughter 4 stars

Paksenarrion — Paks for short — is somebody special. She knows it, even if nobody else does yet. No way will she follow her father’s orders to marry the pig farmer down the road. She’s off to join the army, even if it means she can never see her family again.
And so her adventure begins . . . the adventure that transforms her into a hero remembered in songs, chosen by the gods to restore a lost ruler to his throne.

Here is her tale as she lived it.

A well woven introduction to what looks to be an epic fantasy, complete with warriors, mages, gods, and the clear cut good versus evil. Paksenarrion, Paks for short, grew up in a tiny town, so small most have never even heard of it. A week before her arranged marriage is to happen she has a huge fight with her father and runs of to join a mercenary band of soldiers. However, although they are a mercenary troop, and do hire out, they are an honorable lot. Luckily she signs on with Duke Phelan's recruiter, thus beginning her new life. Paks begins as all recruits do, pledging to stay with the unit for two years after her initial training is complete.

She is a tall, attractive woman, whose looks occasionally attract the wrong kind of attention. But then she seems to be a lightening rod for unusual situations. Luckily these situations end up working in her favor for the most part, and she rises through the ranks more quickly than she'd anticipated. Part of what makes her situation so interesting is the fact that she appears to be under the protection of some sort of deity, likely Gird, even though she had never even heard of him before joining the Duke's Company. This protection has brought her to the attention of both a paladin and Grand Marshal of Grid, and they would like nothing more than for her to join their order. In reality they do much the same thing that the Duke's Company's, except they don't do it for money. However Paks is not ready to leave this new family she's found, where she has people she's knows will die for her, just as she would die for them.

Paks is a great character, with strengths and weaknesses just like anybody. Yet something about her makes her stand out just a bit at first, then a bit more, and so on - not that anyone tells her this. She makes friends quickly and easily, but as her daring exploits become more widely known she unknown she also acquires some enemies - both known and unknown. Through Paks we meet a variety of characters, many of whom will remain active throughout the story.

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Divided Allegiance 4.5 Stars/4stars

Now a seasoned combat veteran, Paksenarrion must seek the fabled stronghold of Luap far to the west. The way is long, the dangers many -- and none can say whether glory or ruin awaits....

With the defeat of their dire enemy Sinivia the Duke's soldiers thought they'd be heading home; much to their dismay they found themselves in an increasingly unwanted position. However for Paks the situation had become intolerable; eventually Stammel convinced her to take a leave, maybe go home for a visit, and consider returning once this campaign was done.

Paks signed on to escort a caravan partway on their travels, both to earn some money and not be traveling alone on through war-torn countryside. Her plans of splitting off and heading North alone change when she agrees to travel with Macenion, a half-elf from the caravan who is going the same direction and claims to know the way. Paks catches him in several lies, but by this point it is to turn back. Eventually she ends up in a dire situation, escaping by the grace of the gods. She rendered aid to one in vast need as part of that adventure and was sent on her way with unanticipated reward, part of which included some ancient scrolls. In her travels she stopped in a village for a time, and exchanged most of her treasure with the local money changer. She remained in the village to replenish her supplies, staying at the local inn while waiting for them to be completed. She meets both Cedfer, the local Marshal of the grange of St. Gird, and the local Kuakgan, Master Oakhallow, each of whom have important roles in her life going forward. While in town she is hired by the local Councillors to try to rout the brigands that have been attacking the area caravans, and during that adventure ends up facing off against a servant of the evil Achrya, losing a companion and gaining a potential ally. Achrya, the Webmistress, and Liart, the Master of Torments, while below the gods in terms of power, still have more power than human or even elf. Both these evil beings are

Eventually she ends up in Fin Panir, the main seat for the Company of Gird's training - particularly for Marshals, knights, and paladins. Although she's not of the order they consent to train her for a time and take it from there. She is eventually selected as a paladin-candidate for training as a future paladin; everything she'd ever dreamt of was suddenly within her grasp. While there she gave them the scrolls she received as part of her reward, only to later discover they were written by Gird's closest friend and boon companion. This leads to an expedition in which she is invited to join. Terrible misfortune befalls her on the trip, which was an ideal place to stop the book to guarantee the reader would seek out the next book with all possible speed.

A sweeping saga on its own, as part of a larger tapestry this story has been skillfully woven, line by line, creating a masterful tale filled with delightful characters, harrowing ordeals, emotional growth, and suspense enough for several books. As wonderful as the story is thus far, I'm almost certain that the final book will serve to further enrich the images we've been shown, replete with vivid details, continued character growth, and the full range of human emotions.

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Oath of Gold 5 stars

Paksenarrion-—Paks for short-—was somebody special. Never could she have followed her father's orders and married the pig farmer down the road. Better a soldier's life than a pigfarmer's wife, and so though she knew that she could never go home again, Paks ran away to be a soldier. And so began an adventure destined to transform a simple Sheepfarmer's Daughter into a hero fit to be chosen by the gods.

This book picks up where book two left off, with Paks starving and so filthy no one even recognizes her, if they catch a glimpse of her. She has become so fearful of everything that she hides from the world. She is wanders into a town thinking to maybe get a meal from the local inn, but is frightened by a man-at-arms, and more so when she realizes where she is. She can't bear to have people she once knew and helped see what she's become. To escape the soldier she claims to have a question for the Kuakgan, and ends up in his grove. After much work he is able to heal her as the others couldn't, not just physically but mentally as well, though it takes her some time to know the healing really did fix her mind.

After spending the summer working with the rangers of the neighboring kingdom of Lyonya, Paks ends up traveling through Brewersville again, on her way back to see Duke Phelan. With the Inn full she spends the night at the Kuakgan's. It is while there that she becomes fully endowed with gifts from each of the gods she'd thought of during a ritual intended to help her find joy in her craft. Ultimately this means that she has become a true paladin, selected the way they used to be originally - not by the Company of Gird and it's Marshals, but by the gods themselves.

After her experience with the Kuakgan and the gods Paks heads to see the Duke. She is driven there due to a sensation that she needs to be there, and soon. Once there she begins learning a bit more of her powers, and has yet another adventure. Once that is over she feels the call again and heads out once more, being sent by the gods on a quest.

This final book is, like the two preceding it, chock full of action, suspense, surprises and roiling emotions. Be prepared to ride an emotional roller coaster with this book. While it is clearly the final book in the trilogy, it could easily be expended past a trilogy. While I loved the book, and the astounding changes in Paks from the first book to this one (even her growth in this one book alone), my only issue was that the big mystery was far to easy to puzzle out. I knew the answer to the quest almost before I knew that the topic would be focused on in the final book. Aside from that, this book is a dazzling example of an epic fantasy; a series I would recommend to anyone who loves fantasy, especially the (mostly) traditional epic fantasy. ( )
  Isisunit | Apr 28, 2014 |
I have read this a number of times. I reread it now in 2010 because of a new book from Moon following on to this.

Its brilliance is in the way in which it starts with the very ordinary sense of what all those people in the armies of fantasy novels were as real people with their own stories. From this is drawn a story of heroism, but with the underlying message that anyone can be extraordinary. It isn't just Paks, it is everyone, anyone who can be both brought low, endure, and go beyond it. ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
  Ridley_ | Apr 1, 2013 |
This is feminist fantasy of a particular period, and it's a good example of the type. My only beef with an otherwise enjoyable adventure is the author's tendency to use one-syllable names that mostly sound alike - and in a couple of places, have two identically-named bit characters sprouting a chapter apart. Otherwise, good sword-swinging fun. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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In a sheepfarmer's low stone house, high in the hills above Three Firs, two swords hang now above the mantelpiece.
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While all Siniava's troops had surrendered, Kieri Phelan's troops assumed they'd be going back to Valdaire -- even, perhaps, to the north again.
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The village seemed faintly familiar, but most villages were much alike.
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Paksenarrion wasn't planning to submit to an unwelcome marriage and a lifetime of poverty, so she left her village with a plan and her grandfather's sword. And a few weeks later, she was installed as Duke Phelan's newest recruit in a company of soldiers for hire, her arms training about to begin. But when Paks sees combat, she's stabbed with an ensorcelled knife and barely survives. Then the near-misses start mounting up, raising questions about this young fighter. Is she attracting evil because she is a danger to them all? Or is there another reason malignant forces seek her life? Paks will face the spider-minions of the Webmistress Achrya, orcs and the corrupted men who serve blood mage Liart, Master of Torments. She will also earn the gratitude of elves and of her Duke. And through conflict she will learn she has powers of her own and a destiny. To become a gods-chosen Paladin of Gird, and a target for the ultimate torture.
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