Divided Allegiance

Divided Allegiance Once a sheepfarmer s daughter now a seasoned veteran Paksenarrion has proven herself a fighter Years with Duke Phelan s Company taught her weaponry discipline and how to react as part of a militar

  • Title: Divided Allegiance
  • Author: Elizabeth Moon
  • ISBN: 9781441851222
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Once a sheepfarmer s daughter, now a seasoned veteran, Paksenarrion has proven herself a fighter Years with Duke Phelan s Company taught her weaponry, discipline, and how to react as part of a military unit.Now, though, Paks feels spurred to a solitary destiny Against all odds she is accepted as a paladin candidate by the fellowship of Gird Years of study will follow, fOnce a sheepfarmer s daughter, now a seasoned veteran, Paksenarrion has proven herself a fighter Years with Duke Phelan s Company taught her weaponry, discipline, and how to react as part of a military unit.Now, though, Paks feels spurred to a solitary destiny Against all odds she is accepted as a paladin candidate by the fellowship of Gird Years of study will follow, for a paladin must be versed in diplomacy and magic as well as the fighting arts But before she is fully trained, Paks is called to her first mission to seek out the fabled stronghold of Luap far to the west The way is long, the dangers many and not even the Marshal General of Gird can say whether glory or ruin awaits Full of virtues Chicago Sun Times This trilogy builds in power and intensity all the sweep and majesty of the finest heroic fantasy VOYA

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    1. The ‘problem’ with reading 80’s-fantasy a few decades later, is that it sometimes feels somewhat… dated and predictable. I cannot judge whether it would have been predictable at the time, but I suspect not. Many of their twists and turns have been used so frequently by now that they became tropes.Still, I liked this book much better than the first. First of all, I’m happy to report that my beef with book 1 (the lack of secondary characters) has been removed. Not because it’s gone, bu [...]

    2. Amazingly better than Sheepfarmer's Daughter; all I could think of was "here is everything I was missing in the first." Mostly. Took awhile to get there, but we finally see people encouraging Paks to think about what she is seeing and doing. The plot moved along, in a clever, winding way, and side characters came in who were given more to do than just moral support. I sucked it down in one evening (granted, I had nowhere else to be, but still). Moon brought out all the emotions and connections I [...]

    3. The biggest impression that this book made on me was thinking, “We still don’t treat our wounded veterans very well.” Paksenarrion, the golden girl, leaves her fighting unit for a while to do advanced training. Being the Mary Sue character that she is, she shines at all of it, and is ear-marked to become a Paladin of Gird until she is captured & tortured. Suddenly, her fellow fighters & superiors are questioning her future, even questioning her past dedication to her profession.Moo [...]

    4. Oh man. The last third of this book had all the feels. I was despairing along with Paks and as a result, unashamedly doing the big ugly cry. Thankfully, I live alone. So no judgement there. RTC.

    5. This was a good middle book for a trilogy, which added to the story and background of all the magic, religion and peoples that were touched upon in the first book, where character development had been much more important. Here we expand the story of Paks as she gets thrown into some severe trials and tribulations, and suffers great changes.

    6. Elizabeth Moon does a great job at character development in this series. She takes a sheepfarmer's daughter from being completely naive and ignorant of the world outside her village and realistically broadens her worldview and her understanding of herself and her purpose. The first book in the trilogy felt limited because it was - Paks only grew so far in those years in the mercenary company. It's in this second book that she really starts to come into her own.Divided Allegiance still seems to w [...]

    7. This is the second part of the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first part told how Paks left her home to avoid a forced marriage, joining the local Duke’s private army and discovering they were mercenaries. There was a lot of detail about army life, with numerous skirmishes and battles, and Paks made many friends and attracted the attention even of the Duke himself with her fearless fighting and loyalty. I enjoyed it very much and looked forward to more of the same. And within a chapte [...]

    8. Overall this book was much better than the first one in the series. Why, I can't say. It just felt more complete and 'right', where the first felt that it didn't quite know what and where it was going this one had a definite purpose to the story - even if it was never really apparent. I think that the two biggest complaints I had with the previous book, Sheepfarmer's Daughter, was the boring 'bridge sections' between action and plot points, and the characters simpleness and lack of reality. Both [...]

    9. Continuing my re-read of the original Paksenarrion trilogy.First I have to talk about the cover of this book. This is obviously a re-issued cover but I like my original cover better. Both covers actually do a good job of depicting a pivotal character-building event in the book. But I think the original cover depiction of Paks' brutal, continuous death-cage fighting match with the multiple orcs, while all the time being invaded by total evil is the defining element of this entire book. But enough [...]

    10. Divided Allegiance essentially takes off where the first book in the series left off. Paks has left the mercenary group to pursue something new, something that feels more 'right' to her. She has a decent amount of field experience now, but lacks the refinement and far greater learning of the shining warriors she so admires.I enjoyed this volume better than the first book, partly because it seemed to me that Ms. Moon's writing was more mature. Paks is still Paks in that she can still be a bit nai [...]

    11. Loved, loved, loved. At times I was frustrated because the story was so jumbled, and it seemed like I was seeing just a small thread of the woven tapestry. Then I realized that was Elizabeth Moon's genius. We follow the story as Paks sees it, and she is an uneducated girl with limited experience. We understand what she understands. I was so glad when she gained some knowledge and the story became more broad, but it wouldn't have been the same story if it was told any other way. I would not even [...]

    12. Again, as in the first book of this trilogy, I've read the text version and this year (2010) received them in audio CD from my daughter for Christmas. Sometimes a book that is good or exceptional in print form turns out not to be so in audio.But this one is still great. While Jennifer Van Dyck may not be the best or narrators she's still good and manages to transfer the feeling of the book, the characters, the writer to you. I am rating the book 5 stars, but must admit to being a little annoyed [...]

    13. Please see my review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion. This is a transitional book as many second books in trilogies are. This one however will rip your heart out (if you have one). I love these books and gave a longer review of the one volume set, the omnibus edition. The trilogy gets my highest recommendation.I have recently reread these and still love them, and I don't use that word lightly. you see me say often that I love a book. This trilogy is one that I can read over and o [...]

    14. The second of the Deed of Paskenarrion trilogy, I find it even better than the first. Paks is still growing up and going through trials, and she's learning to think on her own (thank the baby monkey).The plot is fast pace and entertaining It does feel a bit dated, but not so much so that I find it problematic. If anything, it's just not the current "style" of fantasy being churned out, but it's nice not to read anything gritty and horrible (at least, not constantly horrible). It is the middle of [...]

    15. The setting is taken almost wholesale from Dungeons and Dragons, and this bothered me more than was reasonable. _Sheepfarmer's Daughter_ had as context the mercenary company, which sliced the standard warmed-over Tolkien tropes in an interesting direction, and made the derivation less apparent. Here, Paksenarrion leaves the company and treks out for adventure either alone or with a small band. So there's no hiding it.It bothered me I guess because of the implied bankruptcy of imagination involve [...]

    16. Usually book two in a trilogy is the most boring and worst of the three. I can't say that about Divided Allegiance. It was, in my mind, the better of the first two. A large part of the reason is the character development of the main character, Paksenarrion. She is definitely changing, facing new challenges and difficulties, and has been transformed by those awful experiences. Now, my sympathies are aroused, and I not only want to, but need to finish the third book of the trilogy so I can see wha [...]

    17. I thought the first book started out strong for the first half and then kind of meandered a bit throughout the second half. This one picks right up where the first one left off, still meandering. Then it really takes off for the second half, although I really didn't like the ending much. So 3.5 stars for the first half, then 4 stars for the second.Note: Series gets 5 stars.

    18. A mediocre fantasy about a young girl who joins a mercenary crew turns into a powerful contemplation on the effects of PTSD and depression in the second book. After the first book I was slightly interested in this series. Now I don’t want it to end.

    19. This series is a must-read, for me, this second book in the Paksenarrion's Deed trilogy felt like I was immersed in a live-action D&D campaign. As the second book in the trilogy, this book follows Paks as she finds herself on her own for the first time in her life. It tells the story of what happens to her after she separates from the mercenary company, her adventures and evolving sense of self. It is a book that is capable of taking the reader hostage and refusing to let them put the book d [...]

    20. Elizabeth Moon writes wonderful fantasy and her protagonist, Paksenarrion, is quite simply amazing. Ms. Moon does not go out of her to explain Paksenarrion to us, the character simply IS from the first page to the last, imperfect, perhaps even quite different from the reader but believable, strong and endearing. Again, the world that she creates simply is. It exists in the same way that our world does, and she manages to write about it without unnecessary details but in a way that brings it to l [...]

    21. I feel like I've been reading this book forever! It's not that it's bad, but there is just something there that makes it slow for me. I enjoy the story, and I do like Paks, but something just makes a distance between me and the story. There are parts where I fly through it, and other parts where I can hardly bring myself to read one chapter. I do like the story, though, and the world, so I do plan to read the third book as well, but maybe not just now.

    22. Disse bøkene er blant mine absolutte fantasy favoritter, sammen med bl.a. Sagaen om Belgarion. Jeg har nettopp lest dem for tredje gang, og det blir nok ikke den siste. Dette er enkle bøker, men med en enorm evne til å fange deg inn i historien. Når jeg av en eller annen grunn sliter med leselysten er det disse to seriene jeg drar frem.

    23. The second in one of the GREATEST series of books I've read, I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.Paks was planning to take a little time to visit her family. But when the company marches further south, though, she begins to witness the horrors of conquering, and must make a fateful decision, as she leaves the company: Will she ever return?

    24. I have never been a reader of fantasy. The whole dragons, wizards, elves, trolls ect has not been able to hold my attention. This series has changed that. I think it is written mild enough to not overwhelm like most Next I will read book 3 without taking my usual change of author break

    25. Very dated. Readable, but the world is incredibly cliched and the less there is of mercenary battles and the more we get into the paladin business, the less interesting the book gets.

    26. Loved this but found it hard to read with all the tragedy. But it was the reality of the tragedy that drew me on. Made sure that I would immediately get the next book in the series.

    27. This is my least favorite of the trilogy, although there are some really great moments. It is just outshined by Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Oath of Gold.

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