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The Deed Of Paksenarrion: A Book Review
I am a big fan of Tolkein and Middle Earth. The reason being that it has depth, substance and is very well written. I have seen many books claiming to be written as well as the Lord Of The Rings, and just as epic...but to me they did not come through or live up to that standard. In The Deed Of Paksenarrion, a book that does not claim to be anything like Lord Of The Rings, I have found it to live up to the standards of Tolkein. It has substance and depth and is so well written that you can seriously empathize with the heroine of the story, Paksenarrion.
Paks runs away from home at the age of eighteen, to avoid getting married. She joins a mercenary company lead by Duke Phelan. The story chronicles her trials as she learns to be one of the best soldiers in the company. She is being called to be more though...to be a Holy Paladin, fighting for right and good against evil.
One of the things about this story that had me reading it twice now, is not only how well written it is...But the amount of detail in the book. It is easy to lose yourself in the story, to feel what Paks feels. In some stories, it is easy to lose sight of what is going on, due to vague descriptions. In this story you never lose sight nor do you get bored. The action is non-stop and intense.
Elizabeth Moon was in the military and it shows. But you know she still had to do research to put her knowledge together with how things were done in her chosen time period. She also has incredible insight to how certain things will effect a person or their minds stability. That is not something one can just research...She describes things so perfectly, it is easy to see she is a person who has a great deal of empathy.
If you are looking for an epic story to read, this one would be the one. It originally was written as one story, but divided into three books. The book in the picture above is the one I read, and is all three books in one. I got my book from Amazon, where i get most of my books, sometimes for just a penny plus four dollars shipping.
I would be interested in hearing what others think of this story, so if you read it or have read it, please leave a comment telling what you thought of it. If you have yet to read it, I am sure you will enjoy it.