|This is the third book in a five-book fantasy series. As
such, it tells only the middle of a long and complex story, and in that sense reviewing
the book on its own is pointless.
With that in mind, I took this as an opportunity to
read the first two books of the series (Oath of Fealty and Kings
of the North) along with this one. It was a very pleasurable experience, and
I can definitely recommend all three books.
Moon shows her extensive writing experience in her competent handling of multiple story
lines and her character building. She says she is writing this series (she has finished,
or nearly finished, the fourth book) to explore what happens to characters after their
lives are touched by Paksennarion, the paladin at the centre of her earlier fantasy work, The
Deed of Paksennarion.. Paladins, it seems, are created as agents of change,
and Moon follows this idea through by showing her characters as they change in response to
events set off by Paks actions.
The books refer to Paks, and the characters speak and think of her even though her
direct role in these books is small. I dont know that this is realistic, at least
not in terms of modern life. We all have people who have influenced us and changed our way
of thinking about ourselves, but how often do we talk about those people to others? How
often do we even realise their impact on our lives? Moon has created a situation where she
has to move such effects to the forefront, and this sometimes makes the series seem
forced. However, the stories dont bog down, the characters are believable, and the
language is brisk and vivid.