Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Review: Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon

Grade: B 
Released: March 22, '11. 
The Hook: The latest offering from Elizabeth Moon, Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion) follows Oath of Fealty in the Legends of Paksenarrion books. What does this mean to you and me? Well, the story picks up from Oath of Fealty (where King Falkieri moves into his Kingdom, and Duke Dorrin Verrakai cleanses and takes up her land). 
My Summary:
The plot mainly takes a rotating view of three characters - Dorrin, Kieri and Arcolin (Kieri's ex-Captain). Kieri has to fend of scheming neighbour Kings, young women of marriageable age, and deal with an unco-operative Elf Queen. Dorrin uncovers more mysterious almost-sentinent crowns and royal jewelery that only respond to her touch. Both of them must face challenges to their rule from multiple sources.

Plus: The story kept up a good pace, and the fight scenes were detailed and graphic. Lots of fight scenes with interesting sub-plots and cameos by

It felt a bit lazy - the author was moving on predictable lines with a large chunk of the storyline. The King of Lyonya (Kieri) and Duke of Tsaia (Dorrin) rebuild their respective areas, armies, and connections with the King of Tsaia.
I'd recommend it to: Hmm, for those of you who haven't read E. Moon before, start with the Serrano series, or The Deed of Paksenarrion. Leave this particular one for later.
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