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Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion

reviewed by Jerry Wright

Paks Book Jacket
Title: The Deed of Paksenarrion
Author: Elizabeth Moon
ISBN: 0812568966
Publisher: Baen
Price: $18.00

I ran into a deal I couldn't refuse at our local Hastings. A combined version of Elizabeth Moon's initial foray into Tolkienesqe fantasy Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiances, and Oath of Gold combined together in one BIG BOOK. And the frosting on the cake, it was marked down from $18.00 to $3.99. Whoof. Which is bizarre, because the book is an October 2003 release

I've read a lot of Moon. I've read the Heris Serrano books, the Esmay Suiza books, and well, frankly, just about everything she's written. But I never have read her first novels. Well, that has been remedied. Elizabeth Moon understands the military. The first book, Sheepfarmer's Daughter does the best job of delineating just what is required to be a "grunt" in a semi-medieval universe like that created by Tolkien.

Although there are similarities to Tolkien - Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, etc. - Moon has taken them and made them her own.

Copyright © 2003 by Jerry Wright