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Crown of Renewal par [Moon, Elizabeth]
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Chapter One


Andressat, winter of the previous year


inter storms, one after another, cut off the high plateau of Andressat from the lowlands around it as Midwinter Feast neared. On the morning before the nightlong vigil, Meddthal Andressat, the Count of Andressat’s second son and present commander in the north, woke to hear the thud of the inner door closing, then voices in the tower’s main hall: exclamations, then quieter tones.


Someone, he gathered, had sent something to someone as a gift. Found it by the door. Sighing, he pushed back the covers, dressed quickly, and went out to see what was going on. Families did not normally come to the towers to leave gifts for their kin on duty, especially not during winter storms. Especially not without pounding on the door and coming inside. He thought immediately of treachery, poisoned food, perhaps, sent by an enemy.


“Whatever it is, don’t eat it,” he said, coming into the mess, then stopped short as he saw the wide eyes and horrified expressions turned toward him and the quick movement of men hiding something from their commander. “What?” he demanded. “Show me.”


The sergeant who had served with him since Meddthal first gained command shook his head. “Sir, you don’t want to see this.”


“Of course I do. Stand aside.”


“Sir, please. It’s . . . it’s horrible . . .”


Meddthal could feel the hairs on his arms rising; cold foreboding struck like a blow. His younger brother Filis had been missing since the previous summer, disappearing on a routine trip from Andressat to Cortes Cilwan. Almost certainly Filis had been captured by the one man in Aarenis who would want an Andressat son in his hands: Alured the Black, self--styled Duke of Immer.


“It’s Filis,” he said. “Isn’t it?”


“There’s a letter, sir. To Count Andressat.”


Meddthal moved forward. “It’s more than that by the way you’re all acting. Stand aside. I must see to report to my father.” He braced himself for horrors: Filis’s head, Filis’s body. Then he saw it, and his breath came short, his vision darkened.


The box had been made with great skill, leather laid over a framework of wood. Filis’s face formed the top—-skillfully padded enough to show the contours, like a mask, though much flattened, the ears—-those distinctive ears—-forming a hideously decorative border to left and right. Meddthal struggled to think about that, not that it was Filis’s face, the familiar face of a brother he had loved and quarreled with. Not—-absolutely not—-about how it had been taken from Filis, whether Filis had been skinned before or after death.


He struggled to stay upright, to breathe, to hold back the nausea that threatened to shame him in front of all. He became aware gradually that the sergeant’s arm was around him, steadying him—-a strong, warm arm, and most of all a live arm. That his men were looking away from him, giving him time to recover, stirring about as if it were a normal morning and they were getting ready for another day. He dragged in one lungful after another of the chill air—-air that would never be warm after this. And looked again.


He could not unsee what he had seen. He could not unthink the thoughts that raced through his mind, deadly as a flight of arrows. He had known—-they had all known—-that Filis was likely dead, killed by Alured or at his command. They had told themselves that; they had even—-as his father had said aloud first—-hoped he was dead and past suffering. Had it been Filis’s severed head . . . even a body bearing marks of torture . . . it would not have been so bad.


Filis’s hair fell over the back of the box, carefully braided with ribbons in Immer’s colors and formed into a decorative knot. On one corner was a scar Meddthal recognized from Filis’s shoulder . . . then he saw the fine stitching that had attached that piece of Filis’s skin to the others. A tube—-it must be the message tube with the letter to Count Andressat—-protruded obscenely from Filis’s mouth.


Rage shook him as suddenly as horror had. That scum had planned all this to the last detail . . . to foul one of the year’s holiest days, Sunreturn, with such horror . . . to make of it not the day of hope and joy Midwinter Feast had always been but to stain it with the memory of Filis’s death.


“It was in a sack, tied with a green ribbon,” one of the men said. “There was a message: Send it to Count Andressat as a Midwinter gift from his liege, it said.” He pointed to the sack, crumpled on the floor, coarsely woven, and the ribbon with a wooden tag still attached.


Meddthal shook his head. “He has no liege, and it would kill him.” To his surprise, his voice sounded almost normal.


“You’re never going to hide it from him—-”


“No. I’m not going to hide it. But he will have word from me, to blunt the blade, before I send it. Now, however, I will open Immer’s letter. Simthal, is the food ready?”


“For Midwinter, sir? I thought—-”


“We have much to do, and days are short. We will eat, and we will prepare for the attack that is surely coming.” Already his mind was working again, offering alternatives and the problems with each. In Midwinter, no one could ride from this tower to Cortes Andres in one day’s light . . . but had Alured’s men sent a message directly to the Count? No . . . they wanted to unnerve the border guards first. “Tell the cooks: breakfast now. And we will observe most parts of the Midwinter ceremony, though we will not be fools and exhaust ourselves in games this day. We will honor Filis’s memory best by saving Andressat from the same fate.”


They nodded. Someone handed him a mug of sib, and he sipped cautiously . . . his stomach kept it down. The tears burning his eyes did not overflow. He took the tube from between the lips, leaving a gaping hole in the face, and untied the green and black ribbons.


It was written in blood; the rusty color could be nothing else. “Brother,” he murmured, and kissed it. Filis had died, no doubt a terrible death, but this was proof he was no traitor, as some had thought. The words made it clear what had been done and when and how. A terrible death indeed. The box had not required all of Filis’s skin . . . the rest had been made into a rug for Alured’s bedside—-“and as I stand on it each day, so will I stand on Andressat: master of all.” “The best parts” of Filis’s broken body had been cooked and force--fed to the Count of Cilwan and his wife before they were killed and their bodies fed to dogs, their skins added to the rug.


So Alured had killed not only Filis but their sister, and his father had lost two children. Thank the gods their child, the count’s grandson, was safe in Cortes Andres. A few tears slipped from Meddthal’s eyes. Nerinth had been married to Cilwan young, unwillingly and had endured years with that—-Meddthal cut off the thought. It would do no good now to despise Cilwan’s timidity and avarice. He blinked back more tears and read on.


The rest was yet more boasts and threats. Meddthal thought of burning it, saving his father that knowledge, but the old man would not thank him. He rolled the letter once more and put it back in the tube, then put the tube into his belt pouch.


Cooks had brought in bread, porridge, pastries, roasts; for a moment his stomach turned again. But vengeance required nourishment. Starving himself, heaving his food out: neither one would help him defeat Alured. He forced down a bowl of porridge and a slab of bacon. Others ate after seeing him eat. He went to the door and opened it, shut it behind him, then opened the outer door. A gray day, just enough light to see, barely past dawn. Low clouds like a lid shut them away from the sun. Wind cut through his clothes like a knife. He went back into the vestibule when the wind had frozen the tears on his face, and brushed the tiny ice chips away.


Kolfin was his best rider, and his own horse the fastest. Meddthal wanted to go himself, but if Alured did plan to attack—-and he himself would have—-in the next few days, he needed to be here to command the defense. He went back inside. “Kolfin.”


Kolfin stood up from the table. “Sir?”


“Finish quickly. Take two days’ ration, and you’ll ride my horse to Cortes Andres with my letter. Be ready to ride when I’ve written it.”




He sat down with pen and ink, and his mind blanked again. Filis. This . . . this abomination . . . but his father must know something, and as soon as possible. He wrote quickly, plainly.


Father. Bad news. Filis’s death proved; Alured has sent—-

He paused. He could not say it all, not like this . . . 


—-proof of what he did to Filis. It is beyond my words to say. Laid on our doorstep here last night; no doubt it is Filis. I expect attack when he thinks we are unmanned by grief; I remain here to command defense but will come at your command, bringing what was sent. I send also the letter he wrote you, written in what I am sure is Filis’s blood, admitting he killed the Count of Cilwan and your daughter as well.

He sealed that, put it and the letter from Alured in a message bag, and gave it to Kolfin, who had already saddled Meddthal’s horse. “Take a spare horse,” Meddthal said. “Ride fast but warily. Those who did this may be looking to intercept any messenger.”


“Yes, sir.” Kolfin took the message bag; another soldier brought out another of the horses, saddled it, and transferred Kolfin’s saddlebags to the second horse.


When Kolfin had ridden away, Meddthal set about readying for attack. By midday, he had completed that chore as well as sending couriers to the two nearest towers to warn them. “Half of you must rest this afternoon,” he said. “If they attack, it will be when they think we have all spent a sleepless night in the dark after a day of grief and worry or perhaps drunken rage. Tomorrow—-or even the day after—-is when they will come.”


“What about tonight, sir?”


“Tonight we will do as we always do. Today and tomorrow, however, we will rest as much as we can, to be fresh when they attack.”


“And . . . that? Him?”


Meddthal looked at the table, at Filis’s face staring upward from the top of the box. It felt—-it was—-indecent to leave it there like any other box. But he could not close it into the storeroom . . . or put it outside . . . 


One of the youngest men, Dannrith, spoke up. “Sir, someone dyin’ or dead should have a candle and someone by. They wouldn’t of give him a candle . . . We should.”


A scrape of boots on the floor as others considered that, and a low murmur, then they all looked at Meddthal. The silence lengthened as Meddthal tried to think, in a mind suddenly fuzzy, whether to say yes or no, where to put the thing, in here or in his quarters or . . . 


“I’ll stay with ’im,” said another. And then a chorus of offers.


That settled it. “In here, then,” Meddthal said. “Bring a trestle and a blanket. We’ll do this right.”


Very shortly the grisly box had been placed at one end of a plank, with a blanket laid flat below it and Meddthal’s best cloak spread over it, hiding the face and making, with the blanket, a pretense of a body laid straight for burial. Though it was not yet sundown, they lit a candle, and one at a time, as if for a new death, each spoke a word about Filis, for all had at least seen him, if they had not known him.


Then Meddthal sent half of them to bed, to be wakened at full dark, and the rest took up their duties except for the watcher. At each turn of the glass another took his place. At full dark, when all assembled, the hearth had been swept clean and a new fire laid but not lit. Only the feeble glow of one candle outlined the shape on the board and the face of the one who sat beside him. The others turned their faces from the light and began the long night’s watch for Sun-return.


When it was Meddthal’s turn to sit beside his brother’s remains, he wondered if his father would send for him or for the box alone.





eddrin, Count of Andressat, looked at the face of his dead son and wept. Rage burned in his heart, but grief drowned it for the moment, and he made no attempt to hold back the tears. Let them fall; let them flow; let them be emptied like a bronze bowl so the flame of vengeance could burn higher.


When the tears ended, he looked more closely. Honoring the dead, especially those who died in war, required the mourners to see and respect every mark life had made on them. “We’ll give him his rightful colors,” he said, and began unwinding the complex knot that the braided hair had been coiled into. “He’ll not go under earth wearing that scum’s.” After the knot came the braids themselves. Three braids; his sons Narits and Tamir, Narits recalled from Cha earlier in the year and Tamir recalled from the south ward, each took one, and he took the last. Deft fingers unbraided the hair, pulled out the black and green ribbons.


Narits finished first. “You’ll want just one braid, won’t you, Father?” he asked.


“Yes—-we’ll have to comb it all.”


Narits took up the comb. “There’s blood,” he said.


“Of course there is,” Tamir said. Next to Filis, he had been the hothead of the sons. “What did you expect—-”


“The hair’s clean,” Narits said. “They must have washed it, or this didn’t bleed much—-” He had parted the hair and was peering closely at the scalp. “It looks . . . almost like . . . fingernails dug in. Not scratches.”


The others had finished now and leaned over to look.


“Let me finish,” Narits said. “I think there are more marks . . .”


“Of pain,” Tamir said, turning away. “What does it matter?”


Narits ignored him and ran the comb through the hair, parting it every half fingerwidth to look for marks. “It’s code,” he said finally. “Like the old scrolls. Father, can you read it?”


Andressat looked. “Not like this. Can you copy it, Narits, one mark at a time, onto paper?”


“Yes, Father.”


When he had done that, it was clear that the marks—-each a slightly curved line—-formed a definite design. “Alured’s work,” Tamir said. “Maybe an evil spell?”


“No,” Andressat said. “No, it’s Filis’s.” His voice wavered. “He . . . managed to give us warning. He must have known—-” He cleared his throat and went on. “Filis knew what was coming. With only his fingernails to use—-knowing Alured was going to send me his skin—-he used them where Alured would not see. Under his hair. Perhaps Alured told him he would leave the hair to make sure we recognized him. This—-in the old language of Aare, the old writing—-tells us that Alured is controlled by a demon inside him, a demon who looks out his eyes at times and has a different voice. That is like the stories from the north of the Verrakaien who stole bodies.”


He looked around at his family and his most trusted servants. “Think on this, any of you who thought Filis might be a traitor. Captive, alone, tormented, yet he thought of us—-of saving us—-and tore his own skin to warn us. Think what courage that took.” He bent down and kissed the hair, then the forehead, and finally the lips. “My son, you deserve every honor that we can bestow on you. You will be remembered as long as our lives endure. And you will not go under the earth but be borne aloft in Camwyn’s Fire, as if with a dragon for your mount. From Esea came all life; back to Esea you shall go.”


“By Camwyn’s Claw,” everyone responded. “It shall be done.”


“Though first I must write to the north,” Andressat said. “Lord Arcolin must know of this, and his king. Perhaps his captains in Valdaire can get word to the north even in winter.”





wo days later, the funeral pyre stood ready on the cliff just outside the walls of Cortes Andres. On it lay the box, now drenched in oil, and in the box was Filis’s badge. “If it is Camwyn’s will that this fire may send every bit of Filis left below, wherever it may be, on the same smoke rising to the sky, then I invoke Camwyn’s Curse,” Andressat said. “By the Claw and the dragon who bore it, and by the power of Camwyn and the dragon together, I invoke it.”


When they lit the fire, the flames roared up to the sky as if drawn by the air itself and burned the pyre completely; white ash lifted and swirled like snowflakes. Then far, far above, a white line of fire raced across the sky, from above Cortes Andres to the east, and vanished.


“Camwyn consented,” Andressat said. He felt hollow of a sudden, and then a pain as if a horse had kicked him in the chest took all his breath, and he knew he was falling.

Revue de presse

Praise for Crown of Renewal
“Mesmerizing . . . [Elizabeth] Moon offers convincingly realized characters persuasively shaped by the extraordinary richness, depth and texture of the world they inhabit. . . . Such is the allure of an extremely talented writer at the the height of her powers.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Elves, demons, warped magicians, ancient artifacts, time travel, and an agrarian-based society make for an evocative story. . . . The depth of each character’s emotions . . . show the author’s writing power.”Booklist

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)
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“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

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HASH(0x923dc594) étoiles sur 5 Good, but a bit of a let-down as a series ending book 29 mai 2014
Par Joshua Lannik - Publié sur
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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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HASH(0x92027b04) étoiles sur 5 A disappointing end 14 octobre 2014
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Spoilers will be a part of this review, so please stay clear if you don't want to read them...

Two stars... That's a new low for one of Elizabeth Moon's books. I've read a good number of them, and although I definitely liked some better than the others, none went as low as 2. And of the books, I really loved this series. I even liked Surrender None, which Moon herself singles out as being somewhat dry and unlikeable.

This book to me was similar to one of Moon's other series, the Vatta's War. That too built an incredibly detailed world full of very well fleshed out characters. A tough-as-nails strong female lead is a hallmark of Moon's so no surprise there was one there too, But in the end, the series sort of... collapsed. Imploded is perhaps a better word. Same in this book. All the threats and crisis ballooned until there could only be a climactic confrontation but ... they all sort of went away...

I haven't read all the reviews but I would not be surprised if many reviewers cited the deux ex machina in their reviews. Simply put, it's a device writers use when they corner their characters into an impossible situation, and then POOF!

Alured invading North? Well, he doesn't even get out of his own little corner of the world. Horse bites him, he falls off, and then gangrenous wound and (possibly) usurping lieutenant replaces him.

Evil elf threat! Well, some magic is conveniently discovered and the magelords are freed, and the Dragon shuts them in the rocks.

Aha, the magelords had to be freed! So they are important in some way. Nope. Some were evil, some were none, all were lazy, didn't contribute one small way to the conflict, and then they sort of just... became non-relevant.

The Crown jewels! Yeha, just get it out of the way in an incredibly linear travel reminiscent of a particularly bad RPG games where the story relentlessly runs in one track line regardless of your in-game choices. Seriously, she could have taken the jewels back 3 books ago and it would have ended more or less the same way.

Evil magic in the marshall-general! Tree dude comes along, waves a hand, and it's all good. It wasn't a vehicle to see some greater purpose as it was with Paks. It's just what happens when you fight with the evil elves. You get tainted and stuff.

The thief-enforcer Arvid! Aha, I'm sure he had a greater role. Well, he just talked with Gird a lot and he just has to do what the demi-god in his head tells him to do. No conflict, no temptation, nothing.

Arcolin? He at least would have some rocking adventure in the south. Not really. What battles he does get into is described in a very abbreviated way. And he then becomes the god being dangled from the crane to save the realms from the gnomish intervention.

The king's brother? What was that all about? I think the Dragon just likes going around french kissing people.

Baron Arkady? Wow, he just got shoehorned in there and he just cackles and looks menacing like a generic, stereotypical baddie and then is rightfully put away.

Gird's cow? Alright, I know that Moon had to have a way to reconciling the two sides of the magic issue. What better way to do it other than more magic. Heavy handed god's magic that literally smites the "magic is bad" crowd.

Everything is resolved, but in a way, not much is resolved. Because matters are resolved in an artificial, heavy-handed way, by direct intervention of the gods. Many of the characters have their own destiny. But destiny should be a goal these characters work and strive for, and perchance fail. It shouldn't be something they are dragged, willing or not, by the patron gods.

Still, before everything wrapped up so neatly (and messily), I was enjoying the book greatly. How it ended finished the book on a sour note. I think another book or two could have done this series justice and allowed Moon to (hopefully) take it to another direction. The series does leave some loose ends. I'd have liked to have seen those ends wrapped up in a continuation of the series rather than a stand-alone book popping up later on, if that is the plan.
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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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HASH(0x9202781c) étoiles sur 5 A grand finale! 27 mai 2014
Par eyes.2c - Publié sur
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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HASH(0x920275a0) étoiles sur 5 Mixed bag, somewhat of a disappointment 30 mai 2014
Par Deborah Landau - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I love Elizabeth Moon and this series. But after having finished this finale, I deeply wish she'd made this a 6-book series (or longer). This pace is excellent for perhaps the first third. But then things start feeling hurried, like she has to wrap everything up. And even with that feeling, there are still characters that feel like they're just left hanging. And while the whole series has been geographically divided, this particular version feels like it's been a very, very long time since you've been updated about certain characters.

There's a decent explanation for what triggered the events to happen now, for which I'm glad. But I don't appreciate the rhythm to this volume. As I said, many plots feel like they have to be wrapped up now, yet we have time for Aris to learn the "secret horse language"?? I'm left with an assortment of questions like "why did that happen" for which I have no answers.

Elizabeth Moon's finale to the Kylara Vatta series was so much more satisfying, I guess I expected a similar conclusion here.

Definitely worth reading, but I truly hope she decides to revisit these characters.
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