Acclaimed author Elizabeth Moon spins gripping, richly imagined epic fantasy novels that have earned comparisons to the work of such authors as Robin Hobb and Lois McMaster Bujold. In this volume, Moon's brilliant masterwork reaches its triumphant conclusion.
The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery's return. Thus Dorrin embarks on a dangerous quest to return these relics of a bygone age to their all-but-mythical place of origin. What she encounters there will change her in unimaginable ways - and spell doom or salvation for the entire world.
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The earlier books were enjoyable, but the trend that began in them, of solutions to problems magically (literally or metaphorically) appearing just when needed, has grown to an annoying extent in this. You don't understand the basis of the magic, you aren't aware of sub plots going on, problems are set up, and then just when they start to seem hopeless a miracle happens and they're done. A curse suddenly fixes things, a magical downpour suddenly fixes the world, a confrontation with the enemy results in his death while the character is literally unconscious, an all powerful villain suddenly is easy to beat. It gets to a point where you just wait for the expected magical solution to arrive.
So if you're looking for some mindless escapism with some interesting characters this isn't bad, but if you're looking for real plot instead of deus ex machina look elsewhere.
I enjoyed the wrap up of the multiple story lines. Was a little disappointed with Camwin's story but others more than made up for it. I would recommend especially if you are a big fan of the series.
"Soooo.... that's it?"
I'm a Moon fan from way back>
There aren't too many authors I read everything I can get my hands on.
Elizabeth Moon is constantly one of them.
She doesn't forget about details and weaves a good long tale.
Paks of course, but she scarce.
Sounded very painfully deliberate.
voicing accents and giving good performances is well within her preview, but this book began stilted and wound up passably awkward.
STILL, miles beyond and above Dawe.
no... we didn't stay with anyone or any one situation long enough to care.
I follow Moon's twitter and there have been some real world interruptions that can derail a good book.
This was a contractual completion and it shows>
I would HAPPILY have waited another two years to have had this NOT seem like a rushed wrap-it-up-and-move-on effort.
In disappointment I shall return to the best of all of the Elizabeth Moon book and reread The Deed of Paksinarion trilogy and be soothed and sated.
Other recommndations from this author.
the Vata Saga (5 books)
Speed of Dark (Novel)
"good but not epic"
It was a good but not epic. Expected big final battles with the villains but little was provided.
"Very good narrator"
I've been listening to all the Elizabeth Moon books, and most of the narrators are just awrful. This one is very good. I would pay 3 times as much if I could just get the books read by Jennifer Van Dyke, who is just awful, to be ready by Susan Ericksen instead.
"not a very gratifying end to a fantastic series"
i loved both Pak series and all the other moon books but the last two books were disappointing. This seemed a hurry up and finish effort and i have to admit that van dyke spoiled me as a narrator...sometime mentioned this was a contract completion effort and there were other things going on inn miss moon's life during its writing. i can believe that.
i hope Ms Moon has a grand life in her later years...she gave us so much...time to relax
"Find out the pronunciation, please!"
I like the continuation of the story arc that started with Sheepherder's Daughter.
All of the other audio books in the series have a certain pronunciation for the words devised by the author. As in Paks pronounced Pox. This narrator threw all of that out and read it in her own way. That is irritating as it breaks the continuity. Occasionally I was thrown out of the story by trying to figure out what the narrator meant.
Yes, there are still questions that need to be answered.
"The end left me wanting more."
Yes- easy listen and I am devoted to the characters.
The way this episode wrapped up all of the loose threads made it a satisfying end.
A story that leaves you wanting even more.
Great story I cannot wait to start the next book in this series I started reading this series years ago when the first book came out I was very happy to find recently that there were more books in the series I am thoroughly enjoying it
"change not always good"
i love this series. the narrator prefaced the performance with an announcement that all word pronunciations went through the author. I knew that had to be bad news. most of the significant names and locations including the MAIN CHARACTER are different. Right or wrong I've purchased and listened to the previous 4 books excellently narrated by Jennifer van dyke. now the flow is broken every time I have to translate the word that was said into the familiar places and people I've gotten to know so well.
maybe. does she have a habit of jumping in and changing things her way? she tends to speak in a slow and ponderous manner.
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