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Summary

Paksenarrion, once a sheepfarmer's daughter, now a veteran warrior, meets new challenges as she breaks up a robber gang, dispells an ancient evil possessing an elvish shrine, and is accepted for training at an academy for knights. Clearly, a high destiny awaits her.

©1988 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Love the story, but not the narrator

This is an old time favorite book from my youth and for me the story still holds, I love it.
But I had a huge problem with the narrator sadly, her interpretation of elven voices, especially the half-elf travel companion, was cringe worthy to me.

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Unbearable narrator, fun book.

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Moon or narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck?

I'd try another book written by Elizabeth Moon. But I hope that I'll never have to listen to Jennifer Van Dyck again. She does not understand what is happening in the book and speaks ridiculous voices. I found it very hard to listen to.

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I was literally crying for the last hour

I am devastated and I need to read the next book so Elizabeth makes everything better. off to make a cucumber compress to cut down this swelling in my eyes from all these TEARS... great book tho.

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Great story. Strange reading

The second book in the Paksenarrion set. The story is excellent. Moon obviously learned a lot in the process of writing (and being edited) with the first book, and this one has gone from strength to strength. Paks' trials and tribulations - and her triumphs - are dealt with sensitively and very movingly. The mild cliff-hanger of an ending had me dashing to get the final book of the series. However, the performance really grated on me this time. I didn't mind the narrator's interpretation of the first book, but I found some of the choices this time to be quite strange - the half-elf in particular nearly drove me to returning the book! Because of this narrator, I've gone back to text rather than audio for the final book.

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Good old-fashioned Fantasy

Would you try another book written by Elizabeth Moon or narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck?

Yes and yes, it's very enjoyable and both do their jobs well.

Would you recommend Divided Allegiance to your friends? Why or why not?

I would and have. It's a light read with just enough depth in it to keep it compelling and everything about it is enjoyable.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I thought the narrator did an adequate job. I wasn't blown away by it but I enjoyed it enough to continue listening.

Did Divided Allegiance inspire you to do anything?

It reminded me how much I enjoyed sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy.

Any additional comments?

Paks is a great heroine to follow, she's a traditional hero type with a sweetness to her that belies her love of fighting. It's also really refreshing to read a story without romantic entanglements and where a woman is not defined by how many men want her.

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  • S. Shelton
  • 13-04-13

Lots of Adventure

Paks sets out on an adventure and there is plenty in this book. This is completely different than the first book. My only complaint is the narrators choice for the elves. This is silly on my part, but they sound like the aliens in the "Galaxy Quest" movie and it grates on my nerves.

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  • Michael
  • 29-04-12

Narrator is very bad.

Loved this book and have approved of all the books in the series. I do not like the narrator at all. She does not change how she describes mundane issues with how she describes fights and battles. It is very hard to get excited about the book the first time through. Definitely would not use this narrator again. Will not seek out books read by her.

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  • Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant
  • 08-08-10

still love it

Read this book about 20 years ago and I loved it that and am happy to say I still love it today

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  • Dennis
  • 27-03-13

Great Story

A good read, has an unusual ending. I had to purchase the third in the series. I highly recommend this!!

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  • Lauren
  • 14-09-18

The feels

The narration was on point and every character had a distinct voice, despite many written characters.

The story was compelling and I had to keep listening.

Spoilers:

Tears, feels, and general frustration/confusion felt alongside Paks has left me needing to buy more credits before my next one is available.

Elizabeth Moon, thank you. I love you and I hate you. This series has brought me a new view and understanding of not only paladins but fantasy in general.

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  • Lois McDonald
  • 23-07-18

Second in a trilogy

Second in a trilogy means that the ending leaves Paks in desperate straits. Make sure to read the third book ASAP.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-18

an excellent story, expertly performed.

I loved this story, the work is immersive, and the characters are down to earth. some graphic scenes do occur, and Elizabeth moon does not hold back.
Many of the experiences portrayed in the novel are relatable to modern day experiences, both good and bad. those with PTSD may be a bit triggered, so be warned, this book does cover war, torture, and death, among other sensitive topics.

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  • Brandon Lambert
  • 18-06-18

Let the story continue.

This book is very much like the first. An old story written in a different age of writing. Strong charter development but still fairly linear. There is a glaring plot hole that feels like it was kinda taped over when they finally addressed it but it only itches at you if you are as tuned in to detail as I am.

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  • GarlandGreen
  • 01-05-18

Paladin

By far, this is the best Paladin series written to date.
You can search for books about Paladins but, you will find none better.

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  • Hannah Garbacz
  • 31-01-18

Good book. Abrupt ending.

Second in the series, this book is solid, delivering great character development and lots of interesting plot. it ends VERY oddly. Be sure to have the third nook ready to go!