By Elizabeth Moon

ISBN-10: 0345508750

ISBN-13: 9780345508751

Elizabeth Moon returns to the delusion international of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter—Paks for short—in this moment quantity of a brand new sequence jam-packed with all of the daring resourceful flights, meticulous world-building, practical army motion, and deft characterization that readers have come to count on from this award-winning writer. In Kings of the North, Moon is operating on the very peak of her storytelling powers. Peace and order were restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, because of the crowning of 2 kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven historical past are resented via elves and people alike. at the floor, all is wish and promise. yet beneath, hassle is brewing. Mikeli can't take a seat accurately on his throne so long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at huge. Kieri is being hounded to marry and supply the dominion with an heir—but that's the least of his matters. an odd rift has constructed among him and his grandmother and co-ruler, the immortal elven queen referred to as the girl. extra complicated is the ex-pirate Alured, who schemes to grab Kieri’s throne for himself—and Mikeli’s, too, whereas he’s at it. in the meantime, to the north, the competitive country of Pargun turns out poised to invade.  Now, as warfare threatens to erupt from with out and inside, the 2 kings are dangerously divided. previous alliances and the bonds of friendship are approximately to be verified as by no means earlier than. And a surprising discovery will switch every little thing.

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Acknowledgments Thanks are due to the Thursday Evening Fencing Group (my title, not theirs) with whom I can work out the details of combat situations involving swords, daggers, polearms, crossbows, and so on. Access to the library at New World Arbalest was, and will continue to be, a great advantage to these books. Thanks are also due to the community forming at the Paksworld blog, source of new alpha readers who were very helpful in pointing out problems with the first draft—and to existing alpha readers whose experience and ability to articulate what was wrong materially improved the book, especially David Watson and Karen Shull.

Danger comes on its own terms. ” “You are terrible men,” Kieri said, grinning at them. He felt more awake already. ” He turned to the chest of bandas, lifted the lid, then glanced back. Siger was where he had been, but Carlion—Kieri snatched a banda from the chest, whirled just in time, and parried Carlion’s blade with the banda. “I told you that wouldn’t work,” Siger said. He had his thumbs stuck in his belt now. ” Carlion shrugged as he backed away. “I’ve caught a lot of ’em with that. ” “You have no respect for your king,” Kieri said.

Why? For what purpose? And if what cast that sleep ended it, what would come out from that distant fortress? Allies or enemies? “Maybe dragons out of the old tales are asleep somewhere, too,” Maelith said. “Dragons! ” “We thought magelords were all gone,” Arian pointed out. ” “They were said to be shape-shifters as well,” Sarol said, putting a pink and white wreath on his head. ” “The Lady would, surely,” Arian said. Kieri glanced around at his Squires, now all decked with flower wristlets, garlands, crowns of flowers.

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