Oath of Gold

Oath of Gold 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 tho

  • Title: Oath of Gold
  • Author: Elizabeth Moon
  • ISBN: 9781441851277
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 hePaksenarrion 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.Oath of Gold is the climactic final volume of the epic that Judith Tarr calls the first work of high heroic fantasy I ve seen that has taken the work of Tolkien, assimilated it totally and deeply and absolutely, and produced something altogether new and yet incontestably based on the master Moon s military knowledge is impressive, her picture of life in a mercenary company most convincing I m deeply impressed A tour de force Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award Winning author Brilliant the excitement of high heroic adventure superbly cast with protagonists and supporting characters that will enchant the reader Bookwatch

    One thought on “Oath of Gold”

    1. I spent the first two chapters of this book crying. Why, you ask? Because the second book left Paks in such a hopeless, lonely place and in the first couple of chapters Master Oakhollow takes her in and is SO KIND. He demonstrates a kindness that’s often missing in our world today.I had difficulty setting the book down—I really wanted to know what happened. But I just couldn’t give it 5 stars, despite these two factors. Once she was healed, Paks went right back to being a Mary Sue characte [...]

    2. I LOVED this series. The world building was wonderful, the characters were compelling, and I cried. A LOT. Poor old Paks goes through many trials before the completion of this trilogy - many of which were painful to read but were completely necessary as both an affirmation to Paks as a character and me, as a reader - that Paks absolutely deserves to be the hero in this story. Sigh. Really. So why the four stars? I took one off because the ending felt rushed and left me feeling unsatisfied. Like [...]

    3. The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.This book continuing to tell of the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read. I've read some who were g [...]

    4. Very good, brought the series together wonderfully (almost as if it was fated); I just could have done without (view spoiler)[ the Aslan scene near the end. (hide spoiler)] You know the one, the Giant Metaphor Scene. It became a little too Epic. Loved the character development and the deeper insight into the lives of the citizens.Will have to revisit the review after a re-read.

    5. (given this is book 3 in a series, it might contain some mild spoilers, consider yourself warned)I was psyched to start this book: At the end of book 2, we went somewhere peculiar and unexpected and Paksenarrion could be found at the metaphorical rock bottom of the ocean. The first half was (by far) the best part of the book: Paks struggling to get through the days, her finding her way back to Brewersbridge and getting helped by my favourite Kuakgan. That whole part was actually really cool.The [...]

    6. More of the great re-reading kick. I've re-read this trilogy a couple times--this time, I just skipped to my favorite book of the three. Paks is a fabulous character. She's incredibly human--her strengths and flaws are far more subtle than most authors manage to accomplish. She grows up over the course of the three books, but keeps her essential nature. She's loyal and good-hearted, but headstrong and not exactly the cleverest. Not annoying dumb, but she has a certain simplicity that begins as n [...]

    7. The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.This book following the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read(in that it can be disturbing). I've re [...]

    8. No Spoilers.This trilogy wraps up very nicely as Paks, our heroine, discovers her true self, powers and, purpose as more is discovered of plot and further character development of our main players is uncovered, including their pasts with some plot twits thrown in.This is a satisfying series in the traditional sense, and I highly recommend this trilogy. I only wish our author would write more of this character, although there is a series of books in the same world, where Paks has only a supportin [...]

    9. Oath of Gold is by far the plottiest book in a trilogy that tends towards the episodic. Almost (but not quite) from the beginning, the adventures all center around Duke Phelan and his heritage, as discovered and restored by Paks. It's stronger for it - less of a history and more of a story, even if a bit on the shopworn side. Even when it was written, lost princes and magic swords were not exactly fresh. But it does a decent job of bringing together many disparate threads and is generally satisf [...]

    10. Awesome series! The first two books were very good, 4 stars, but this last book really upped the level, so that I'd give the series as a whole 5 stars. No more meandering! We get right to it. The world-building is very detailed and the characters are developed to the point where you really care about them. Paks, the main character, grows tremendously throughout the series, which I always appreciate.Some additional things that point to a well-written book are that while the plot was rather predic [...]

    11. Book three of the trilogy, and this book simultaneously has some of the best bits and some of the worst bits.Best: the whole first part, wherein a broken Paksenarrion finds her way back to Brewersbridge. The sensitivity of the writing in this part is always a huge pleasure to read. Her fear, her phobia and illness, both mental and physical, is so perfectly portrayed in just the right words.As soon as Paks is with the rangers in the Ladysforest the shortcomings of this volume make themselves felt [...]

    12. I take what I said about the ending of the last book back. In fact, it was perfect for this conclusion. In fact, this has been one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I've read in a while. Overall, it takes elements from the previous two and ties them all together to make a great story in three parts.Paks grows considerably as a character, and her final trial is both painful to read yet almost had me standing up and cheering at its conclusion. How she persevered through it is a succinct and per [...]

    13. This is the third in the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first described how Paks left her home to become a mercenary in Duke Phelan’s company, and was a very down-to-earth story of a soldier’s training and campaigns. The second book saw Paks take off on her own and be sucked into various disconnected enterprises. This book was very disjointed, and heavy on conventional fantasy elements, but the ending raised it above the ordinary. And then there’s this. How to describe something t [...]

    14. This series is one of the favorites of my son-in-law, Nic; so I had to read it to find out why he likes it so much, even to the point of rereading it several times. I really liked the books, although not at first. The story line was OK at first--nothing that throws you on a wild roller coaster and takes you for a ride. That's not why you read this series of books. What has to catch you, and what finally caught me, is do you care about the main character, Paks, and what happens to her. I, s-l-o-w [...]

    15. This is a brilliant finale to a tale that has picked up pace from the very beginning, like a growing tidal wave it has picked up pace and strength and built and built and built till this stunning finish. This book captivated me from the start and I read six hours straight from the moment I picked it up, then only stopping when I was too tired to continue, starting up again the moment that I awoke. I must have read this in 7 hours tops reading time, it was one of those books that once you pick it [...]

    16. Final book in the Deed Of Paskenarrion original trilogy. After the events of the last book, Paks is at an all time low. She returns to the town of Brewersbridge where she spent so much time after leaving the Duke's Company. But even though people there would know her and welcome her, she still shies away from people. Instead she is in so much despair that she finds herself in need of serious help. She does receive it from a earlier character who manages to hep her to return to herself in a gradu [...]

    17. The fantasy quest achieves a much grander scale here than the previous two books in the trilogy (Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Divided Allegiance). It has a more complex and compelling plot, and more action and adventure. The tale involves loyalty, faith, mystery, magic, and clashes of good and evil.(view spoiler)[After everything she went through in the prior books, I enjoyed seeing Paksenarrion gain powers and confidence. The end seemed somewhat abrupt. (hide spoiler)]I'm a huge fan of J.R.R. Tol [...]

    18. Moon can write fights and battles. And that's about it, sadly. I have trouble with main characters who are being led by the story and Paks is that times a million. In this book she's full on paladin and doesn't display any initiative or individuality, she has no goals, she just follows her gods and does what they tell her. It's boring.The story is also predictable and yet it keeps up the tedious exposition for things that weren't established before and don't seem to be really needed. It tries to [...]

    19. Poslední díl této trilogie o Paks a jejich dobrodružstvích byl podle mě trochu jiný než zbylé dva díly. Paks se velice změnila, což mi trochu vadilo, jelikož při pohledu zpátky musím uznat, že změna jejího charakteru vystupování byla poněkud násilná. Nicméně chápu, proč se k tomu autorka ubrala. Přiznám se, že tento díl pokládám za nejslabší, ale stále velice dobře napsaný.Celý děj trilogie končí s otevřeným koncem. A teprve až tady čtenář pochop [...]

    20. The final book of the Deeds of Paskenarrion series, this covers Paks from the time she left Fin Panir, a "coward" unable to face anything and finds herself back with Master Oakhollow in Brewersbridge. We then get to go along with her adventures with the elvish and other adventures as she evolves into her paladin's form and then undertakes the quests she must complete.I think the only part of the book I found mildly annoying was that as soon as Paks figured out what her "quest" was, I had it solv [...]

    21. I really enjoyed this trilogy. Paks is a compelling hero and the narrative is extremely pleasing if you enjoy the fantasy style of bildungsroman. Some elements are quite unconventional. Instead of having the fantastic world come across her all at once, as in the classic young-sheepherder-is-ambushed-by-his-destiny, Paks starts out in a low-magic world and slowly, gradually opens her world wider, starting out as a plain old mercenary in a quite unvarnished picture of that work in a fantasy contex [...]

    22. In this thrilling conclusion to the Paksenarrion trilogy, Paks is redeemed from her low state at the conclusion of the last book with the help of a Kuakgan priest. She reunites with the elves and then goes on a quest that involves her in politics. The religious symbolism continues to be central to this book, but it doesn't really seem to be pushing any specific set of religious beliefs perhaps a somewhat atheistic (anti-organized relgion) worldview. It really does explore the nature of heroism a [...]

    23. I stumbled across this trilogy and decided to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed. Paksenarrion was the daughter of a Sheepfarmer who dared to dream big. Unlike a lot of stories, Paks wasn't always perfect and wasn't immediately successful. However, her many trials and challenges only made her better because she allowed herself to learn from them rather than be destroyed by them. A good lesson for us all.

    24. The amazing conclusion of the Deed of Paksenarrion. It begins precisely where you hope it would and ends where Paks needed to be. I hope they make this a tv show someday. I can't stop re-reading this series. re-read.n

    25. I choose this series based upon the reviews I read. I consider myself a well rounded reader since I have never limited myself to one genre. However, I will say that Fantasy is my true love and I am always drawn back to this style of writing. So, when I picked up this series I was extremely excited due to the fact that I have found a lot of Fantasy to be either formulaic or bogged down with politics. After reading the first book I was "meh" about the book but I kept telling myself it has to get b [...]

    26. I miss Paks already. This final entry in the Deed of Paksennarion trilogy was a highly emotional read. Elizabeth Moon created a hero that truly matters. She is unforgettable. This book contains brutality that I wish hadn't been necessary to tell the story the author wanted to show. Paks suffers horribly. Her suffering was very hard to read. I also found myself frustrated that I had figured out who she was searching for very early on in the story. Despite it all, this is a solid book and a linchp [...]

    27. Magnificent! I first thought it was audacious when I read the claim that The Deed of Paksenarrion is "the true heir to Middle Earth", but then I read it, and I have to say, it's a fair claim. The richly detailed and nuanced world building and character development layered over the pure, glorious simplicity of classic high fantasy is expert and the resulting epic is unforgettable. I never wanted this story to end!

    28. I slowly ramped up my enthusiasm from book 1 to this [ #3 ]. It was so different from the fantasy books I have read. I very much enjoyed the messages, emotional pulls, suspense. What I enjoyed the most was the way Ms. Moon carried the story even tho we discovered the who and what much earlier. I expected the last 1/4 book to drag on. I look forward to reading many more of her works

    29. I found myself a bit unsatisfied as I finished this book, and thus the series. Paks became somewhat uninteresting to me when she gained her holy powers; it was evident from that point that everything she was involved in would turn out OK. A personal opinion, I know, but I liked Paks much better in the first book.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *