When you really love an author’s work, you sometimes cannot wait to read the rest of a story. Kings of the North came out less than a year after Oath of Fealty and I simply could not wait for the paperback version to match the copy of Oath of Fealty that graced my bookshelves. I knew that the entertainment such a wonderful author could provide would be well worth the cost… and I just happened to have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
Kings of the North rejoins the characters from Oath of Fealty and continues their adventures. Kieri Phelan is learning to govern his kingdom wisely, but there is still pressure for him to marry and produce an heir. Duke Dorrin Verrakaien has proved her loyalty to the Tsaian ruler even though she brought him a magical crown and other regalia for safe keeping that wants her to claim it. Captain Arcolin has earned the right to look after Kieri’s former company and territory, complete with a title all his own. Yet evil is moving on all sides of both kingdoms and the perils mount as mysteries deepen and new plot twists are revealed.
Elizabeth Moon knows how to tell a great story. Her rich gift for writing tangible fantasy is pure joy to read. The characters sweep you along on their different adventures as if you were right there with them. Magic is believable, adventure abounds, the path to true love is fraught with challenges and dragons can be found where you least expect them.
The next book in the series, Echoes of Betrayal, has just come out in hardcover, but the $31.00 price for the Hardcover format made me cringe last weekend at the bookstore. Instead, I have begun dropping serious hints to my family that this might be the perfect item to pick up for an avid reader as a Christmas present. I am hoping that subtle works…
Hardcover format, 478 pages, published in 2011 by Ballantine Books/ Del Ray