Paladin’s Legacy continues with Kings of the North

Kings of the North (Paladin's Legacy, #2)Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This, the second in the Paladin’s Legacy series, picks up right where the fist novel, Oath of Fealty, left off. In fact, as was my experience, it picks up so quickly that I felt as if I should have re-read the first novel before beginning this one. There was no bothersome explanation of previous events to clutter the story, but if you lacked a perfect memory of those events, you could be left behind.

This novel is jam packed, and Moon does a good job with multiple story arcs, but there were several loose ends that were not tied up, as is often the case with “middle novels” in a larger series. As is also common, I was left wanting more of these unfinished story arcs. This feeling of incompleteness was my only problem with the novel, and the reason for my less than stellar rating. I am still very much in love with this story, and will be picking up the next in the series, no doubt.

I was gratified that the protagonist of the previous trilogy, The Deed of Paksenarion, played a minimal role in this novel. I felt that her presence was detracting from this story. There is certainly enough going on in this tale without her to keep my interest. My only hope for the next in the series, Echoes of Betrayal, is that it finishes with more of a note of completion. I have nothing against cliff hangers, and am guilty of that sin myself, but I also need some resolution to keep my interest. If you enjoy epic fantasy, by all means, dive into this series, but I would recommend reading The Deed of Paksenarion first!

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