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Crown of Renewal (Paladin's Legacy Book 5) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Elizabeth Moon

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Praise for Elizabeth Moon
 
Limits of Power
 
“Thoughtful and deeply character driven, full of personal crises as heartbreaking and hopeful as any dramatic invasion . . . Fantasy fans will be delighted by this impressive foray.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
Echoes of Betrayal
 
“This is an excellent series, and Echoes of Betrayal is particularly well done. [Moon is a] consistently entertaining writer, and this book lives up to her standards.”San Jose Mercury News
 
“Rousing action and intriguing plot twists.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
Kings of the North
 
“Moon’s characters navigate an intricate maze of alliances and rivalries. . . . Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity.”—The Star-Ledger
 
“Her storytelling is as electrifying as ever, and her readers should be delighted with this new vista of a well-known world.”—Booklist

Présentation de l'éditeur

Eight kingdoms in danger, an enemy that cannot die...
Count Jeddrin has received a grisly message. His son, Filis, is dead, brutally killed by Alured the Black - the first move in his plan to take the eight kingdoms.
But Filis managed to send his own message, telling of the dark forces that control Alured, warning of something more than human behind the man's eyes...
Meanwhile, Dorrin Verrakai, last of a long line of magelords, must forever leave the home she loves in order to protect powerful magic relics created by her ancestors. For their power is desired both by Alured, and by the dark elves infesting the kingdoms. Searching for answers, her friend and King, Kieri, considers waking the magelords from their ancient slumber...

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 545 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0356501302
  • Editeur : Orbit (27 mai 2014)
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Elizabeth Moon a un peu tout fait dans sa vie. Née en 1945, elle est diplômée en biologie. Elle s'engage dans les « Marines » en pleine guerre du Viêt-Nam et devient programmatrice. Plus tard, elle travaille comme assistante paramédicale, puis conseillère municipale. Enfin, elle devient auteur de Fantasy, puis de SF, avec sa série Heris Serrano avec laquelle elle rencontre un succès étourdissant, dans la lignée des Miles Vorkosigan de Lois McMaster Bujold ou Honor Harrington de David Weber.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good, but a bit of a let-down as a series ending book 29 mai 2014
Par Joshua Lannik - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this book greatly- don't get me wrong- but I did find it a bit of a disappointment compared to some of the rest of the series.

First, the good:

1) The major plots and Points of View do all wrap up. Kieri's narrative, Dorrin's narrative, and Arcolin's narrative come together (although not always with what feels like a full ending- more on that later). The Crown and jewels are dealt with, as well, with something of a plot twist coming as they reunite.

2) The Legacy of Gird books finally tie in. It's been painful waiting for the last few chapters to make any sense, and they finally do.

3) We finally learn more about the saints- even a bit about Falk, about whom we knew very little coming into this book.

The bad:
1) Alured/Visli is a surprising weak villain. He's brutal and commits acts of torture like there's no tomorrow, but for all the worries about him coming north in the last book or two, possibly through southern Lyonya, he's easily defeated in battle.

2) A number of the mid-level characters drop out at unsatisfying points. Gwenno presumably heads off to become a knight, and that's rather well handled (and I'd sort of love to see a Tamora Pierce-style story about her, though that's not Moon's style). But Daryan basically get shunted off, and Beclan is left holding the bag. Aris has been a character since the second book of the original trilogy, and sort of has an ending, but I definitely wanted to know more. And while we have a hint of what will happen to Camwyn, another chapter with him would have been nice- not to mention poor Mikeli after things start going well.

3) Too many of the major characters drop off the earth for a significant portion mid-book. I had that feeling particularly in regard to Dorrin, who goes from Chaya to Prealith with no particular events- apparently southern Lyonya really is safe? And Kieri, while he does have something of a satisfying ending, seems to have become a terrified, passive observer.

The ugly (or not so ugly):

1) Why has Paks been aging? Moon makes a point of this repeatedly in other books...but what's the problem?

2) Dorrin's deus ex machina. Or perhaps dei ex machina, if we count the people waiting to guide her.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A grand finale! 27 mai 2014
Par eyes.2c - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As Elizabeth Moon says in her very coherent introduction this is not a story for the first entry reader into those works that began with Legend of Paksenarrion. And who, having read that great beginning, can forget the feisty true fighter that she was, her humble beginnings, her refining under fire, and the blessings of Gird that upheld, tested and shaped her. Crown of Renewal is the grand finale that draws the many threads together, weaving the various books into a whole, giving us insight into the how, why, when, and what of all that has gone before.
We meet old favourites and find new heroes. We are reminded of old situations as new happenings, familiar and known, are referenced. Paks's previous capture by Iynisin, the dark elves, is recalled by new attacks and resulting poisononous wounds inflicted by them. Then there's the opening horror of the fate of the Filis, a son of Count Andressat at the hands of Alured the Black. I for one, am again ensnared enough to reread the stories gone before (having read them all at least once, if not two or three times) to capture their essence, and distill this new gem. The convergence of the various plots is wonderful. Answers to the questions about Dorian and the crown realia, the Mage lords, the Dragon, all the streams and various tributes merge together to reveal the full picture.
A longtime fan (there are many of us) and collector of Moon's works, this is the crowning piece to her Magnus opus collection, the Paladin Legacy, the legend that Paksenarrion heralded.
I was touched by Moon's dedication, a tribute to another longtime fan.
I dare to hope for side stories from time to time, snippets even of other characters and events met throughout the Paladin Legacy.

A NetGalley ARC
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Happy and sad 28 mai 2014
Par Thankfulforall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Got this book this afternoon and just finished it - how could I help it, when it is the finale to my favorite trilogy of all time? I love and have read the Paks trilogy more times than I want to admit, and have enjoyed this series with each installment, though some more than others. I really (obviously) appreciate Elizabeth Moon's artistry and clear sense of right and wrong (unlike some other authors), as well as understanding of characters' rationales and ability to communicate clearly. I love her themes of acceptance, love, and self-sacrifice, as well as good triumphing over bad. I was both happy and sad to see this book, because I have looked forward to each over the past years and am sad that no more are coming, but am also happy to have some closure to the tale (as I impatiently wanted more of/completion to the story over each of the past years).

Pros:
1. Elizabeth Moon is a fantastic, many faceted writer, and this book, though not my favorite of all the books, once again makes it obvious.
2. It brings together all of the books (including Surrender None and Liar's Oath - which made me question her writing or focus, years ago, but now comes together - finally, thankfully - to make more sense within the world she has created).
3. Many well written, strong characters that I like more over time - and some little twists I wasn't expecting.

Cons:
1. Very confusing - even for me, who has read all of the books at least twice, and some far more often than that, it still jumps around and I had trouble remembering who was whom briefly at times with all the jumping around. I can't imagine how confused I would be if I had not read all the books at least twice. A summary of previous books (which I usually consider lazy on the part of the reader) would not be at fault at the beginning because of the complexity of the tale.
2. Some minor non-alignment of the story - some only obvious to those who have read them too much, some more major BUT accounted for by the author's note at the beginning (sometimes I skip that - don't).
3. Doesn't completely wrap up everything (yes, I know real life does not either, but it felt a little rushed at the end, and I was hoping for a little more clarity for some characters - an epilog, perhaps). Also, it seems that most of the main characters were elevated significantly more than normal - I mean, how many kings/queens, dukes, paladins, etc. would really come from one little area (that being said, yes, I know that's why it's called "fantasy").

So, despite my admiration for Elizabeth moon and this series, the book just felt - I don't know, nice but incomplete. Thus the four stars. Maybe that is me with the let down of these years of anticipation. I will have to re-evaluate after a re-read of the series, and may amend my review if I deem it warranted.

Overall, a solid book; but don't read unless you have read the others (though Surrender None and Liar's Oath aren't really necessary to understanding, nor did I particularly care for them) and I would recommend a re-read (or at least re-skim) of the others even if you have read them. I didn't do that (haven't re-read any since last year's installment), and am going now to start back through all the books to see if I have a different impression afterward. Enjoy!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense series wind-down. I'm sorry to see it end. 27 mai 2014
Par J. Lesley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Ever since I first discovered this series written by Elizabeth Moon she has struck me as an author who goes in the direction she wants with her novels, even if that might not be what satisfies the majority of readers. The Paladin's Legacy series is coming to a close in this fifth book in that portion of the series and readers will not find fairy tale happily ever after endings for all the characters. If you've read all the novels you know the earliest books began with the three novels contained in the volume called The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel (Baen Fantasy). The world of Paks has continued in more recent years with the books in the Paladin's Legacy series, starting with Oath of Fealty (Legend of Paksenarrion). At the beginning of this book there is an Author's Note in which Moon states positively that this last book is not the place for readers new to the series to begin. I certainly could not agree more. Because this is the final book all the characters spread out over the previous novels are gathered here. They have lengthy histories, diverse magical abilities, and different religious beliefs which Moon makes no effort to explain in detail in this novel so it is best to at least go back to Oath of Fealty and read forward from there if you are just beginning. I consider myself a fan of Moon's writing and this fantasy world and yet I had a hard time remembering specific incidents from other books which were now being brought forward and acted on. There are many, many characters and kingdoms and cities and elves and gnomes and different names for evil doers; it can be a little confusing even for firm fans when it is all presented at one time in one novel.

Each of the previous books in this series has had a good versus evil concept at its core. This novel has those two concepts acted upon in many different locations and taking on many different forms all at the same time. I have not read Liar'S Oath, Luap's story (and the book Moon says most readers don't like), so meeting Luap in this novel was an interesting experience. I'm glad I had read the note from the author before he made his appearance or I wouldn't have understood the way he was treated. All the major characters from the previous novels are given roughly the same emphasis, but Dorrin Verrakai seems to me to be the pivotal character around which the fate of all the others revolves. What she does and the choices she makes advances the actions of all the other characters. Not every character will emerge with a clear-cut ending to their story. The final chapter can be read to seem as if there might be more to come. If that should be the case, I don't think it will include some characters from this series.

This novel was an intense reading experience for me. I could not sit down and breeze through it; I had to pay attention to all the details. The content here is multi-layered and there are so many fronts on which the action is occurring that I had to pay close attention so I could keep it all straight. I'm truly sorry to see this series end, but I think Moon did a good job of winding it all down. There will probably be criticism of some story arc's seeming to be unfinished, but what would have been enough to satisfy everyone? I will just have to be content with what has been written and probably begin reading it all over again from the beginning.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Huh 23 juin 2014
Par Kay Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have always really enjoyed the Paks books - but this one? Not so much.

That being said, if this work had another book following it - I might feel a bit differently. Because it so isn't the conclusion to anything. Moon spent the better part of four books working up to the HUGE BATTLE to come when Alured finally led his - by then massive - army north, but hey, that turned out not to be a thing, because when it comes time to pay that story line off, rocks fall and everyone bad dies. Or a horse bites him and he apparently withers away. Whichever. I say apparently because there was nothing about his final fate in the book. Despite his being the big bad of the entire series. We are just left with a 'maybe he died, maybe he's deposed, who really cares' end to his story.

Camwyn's story was ended horribly. He suffers a life-threatening wound, and is taken away to deal with it, and then once he begins to mend, Dragon basically kidnaps him to solve one of Dragon's problems, with no care at all given to how it affects others in Camwyn's life. Never really expected to think of Dragon as the sort who uses the excuse of a magical roofie to fix his own problems, but apparently that's just how he rolls.

And Falk was even worse. He basically refused to stop nagging at Dorrin until she chose the path he wanted. Each time he asked her what she wanted, she immediately thought of her home she had made, the people she loved and had left there - but he kept nagging at her until she decided to run away and do what he wanted.

So there were two major story lines that ended with "when the going gets tough, run for the hills and never look back'. Add Stammel to those two and now it's starting to look like a suggested course of behavior - which I never would have expected from this author or these characters.

Honestly, this last book feels very much like a) the author was unable to finish so someone else did it (poorly) for her b) the author was totally blocked but had to keep to a deadline, so this was the best she could do under the conditions or c) Moon really does prefer flight over fight.

The small story lines mostly tied off. Mostly. I'm still unsure if Arvid is a Marshal or a Paladin - or possibly a Marshadin? Does he know? Does anyone?

Aris spent the better part of a chapter learning to talk to horses - for no reason whatsoever, it turned out. When so much is being left out - did we really need to know he (and his family) can talk to their horses? Especially if that language doesn't end up advancing the plot in any way, shape, or form?

And why was SUCH a big deal made out of Pak's hair going grey - because nothing ever came of it, and it was just one more thing that the early books spent more than a little time on that ended up never being mentioned again. This book was less a demonstration of what happens when you don't mind Chekhov's gun than what happens when you don't mind Chekhov's entire armory.

And Kieri. His big confrontation, teased in one way or another since the original Paks books, basically ended with him twitching in fear while some magical goodies from his mother took care of his problem for him. Yes, his magery was stronger - but would it have stayed stronger if he'd had to actually fight with it? Or would Sekkidy have beaten him in the end, if they had fought each other with only the powers they each commanded, instead of the magical deus ex machina from mom we finished with.

Man, I hate writing this, because I have long loved this series of books, and despite my earlier, very small issues (imagining the look on Gird's face if he were at one of Mikeli's banquets and saw a king who claimed Girdish beliefs using a taster - seriously, can you imagine?; the immediate fall into "must maintain appearances, so give me ALL the royal perks" thing with Keiri, and to a lesser extent Dorrin, despite these smallish annoyances, I fully expected this finale to KICK ASS. But about two-thirds of the way though, I checked to see how many pages remained and stared in shock, since NOTHING had, at that point been resolved, and there were not enough pages left to do even the Alured storyline justice, never mind all the rest. And just as I feared, shortly after that it was as if the plot went into outline overdrive, checking off plot points with a quick summary of resolution, and then immediately on to the next. Faster, ever faster we must go! People to see, plot threads to tie off!

As it is written, this book would make an excellent entry point into a new series, but as the conclusion to a series of ten books - not so much. And it makes me very sad to feel that way, and even sadder to say it out loud.
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