• Oath of Gold

  • The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,239 ratings)

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Oath of Gold

By: Elizabeth Moon
Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
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Publisher's Summary

Paksenarrion, a simple sheepfarmer's daughter, yearns for a life of adventure and glory, such as was known to heroes in songs and story. At age seventeen she runs away from home to join a mercenary company and begins her epic life.

Book Three: Paks the warrior must learn to live with Paks the human. She undertakes a holy quest for a lost elven prince that brings the gods' wrath down on her and tests her very limits.

©2010 Elizabeth Moon (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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Great Finish to a Great Trilogy

Book One was fabulous! Book Two slacked off a little, but was necessary in context to the trials Paksenarrion had to go through to blossom into the Paladin she was meant to be in Book Three. The last installment was the best of the three. I was so glad I took the leap on this Audible series. I loved it so much I bought a NEW COPY of the book to add to my permanent library. This trilogy has become my all time favorite!! Jennifer Van Dyck was a pleasure to listen to the whole way through. She definitely was able to differentiate between different charactors and had a pace and timbre that made it easy to follow along and enjoy. GET ALL THREE BOOKS! This series is a keeper .....

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In the tradition of heroes

Add Paksenarrion (an elfin name) to the pantheon of my heroes. In my review of Sheep Farmer's Daughter, Book 1 of The trilogy Deed Of Paksenarrion, I marveled at Moon's treatment of military issues and her integration of men and women in positions of leadership and of lesser rank. As I read the trilogy, Paks grew on me. I still feel that more character development a la George R. R. Martin and Terry Goodkind, would have fmade the trilogy a richer experience. This said, the trilogy is all about Paks, a remarkably human hero. I was in continual suspense about her fate until near the very end. But Moon does not kill off characters as Martin does. Instead, Moon wraps a gripping and at times spell binding tale around the development of her lead character, Paksenarrion Dorfan's Daughter. A well done first trilogy, in my opinion I am richer for having read it.

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Paksenarrion endures

By the end of Divided Allegiance, Paksenarrion had become afraid of just about everything. The healing that the Gird Marshals evoked upon Paks rid her of the taint, but took away her courage. In this book, Paks gains further healing from Master Oakhallow and is finally able to continue her calling. Now she understands what it is like to be literally scared stiff. Her trials give her new compassion and strength.

She receives a red Paladin horse from the gods and he seems to sometimes direct her quests. Paks discovers the true heir King to Lyonya, makes an ultimate sacrifice that she amazingly survives and makes sure the Lyonyan king is able to be accepted to rule.

I have enjoyed the three audio books that are "The Deed of Paksenarrion." Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold.

Jennifer Van Dyck has brought life to the books that have been our family favorites since they were released in 1988 and '89.

Fans of fantasy genre should thoroughly enjoy the Paksenarrion books. If you are looking for good to triumph over evil, this is the place that has it.

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Always gives me goose bumps

loved this book, have read it many times and always gives me goose bumps. the reading was well done. I think the reader really does the book credit. an excellent finish for the story of paks.

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Getting to like the Narrator better

By all account this is the most exciting of the books. There is more growth of all the characters an enough fighting and intrigue to keep you interested. I would recommend.

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Not a great conclusion, but still a worthy volume

The story starts off with a great continuation of Paks's trials in Book 2, but then quickly looses a lot of what made Books 1 and 2 so memorable: Paks stops developing/growing as a character as she comes to her true calling, the orcs and servants of Acreea--so mysterious before--become almost mundane enemies, and the nuances of ethics in war are thrown out once every battle becomea fought for a holy cause.
The ending is very odd as well, ignoring so much of what the story built up in favor of a new antagonist which I had almost forgotten about in the previous novels...
Still I did enjoy seeing Moon's diverse world expand with the Rangers, the Elven Lady, the abiities and powers of Evil, and the forces behind Paladins' magic/guidance. The hierarchy of kingdoms and princely courts--although a bit stiffly detailed--is diverse and gives a wonderful scope of the world.
The Narrator is much better this time around, giving more subtle inflection to the voices of the Elves and other folk. And the Duke and Pak's voice always stand out, easy to pick out of the mix.

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A Truly Epic Ending

This tale has a true epic ending. In some was Paksenarrion may be the best example of a Paladin I've ever had the luck to read of in any Fantasy tale. This story should not be missed.

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Cannot listen to this narrator.

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Moon and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?

Elizabeth Moon - maybe. Jennifer Van Dyck - not if I can help it. I wish Audible would allow you to block an author or narrator if you don't like them. Kind of like blocking a phone number only here a narrator.

Has Oath of Gold turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Van Dyck?

Anyone. I am usually not picky.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Cannot remember. I read it years ago, liked the series, and decided to buy all three books in the series and enjoy them again. After I discovered how much I don't like this narrator I didn't even attempt to listen to this book.

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I was captivated from Book 1

Would you consider the audio edition of Oath of Gold to be better than the print version?

Yes

WIth a book I can't wait to see what will happen next I tend to skip a couple of pages, with Audio for some reason I am more patient

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oath of Gold?

When she came trough and believed no matter what they did to her.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the King came home

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Believe and fight for justice.

Any additional comments?

Well done!

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Good book from a great book series.

I truly fell in love with this series. Paksenarrion (Paks ) the main character was a strong , loyal and a woman of great values. She never forgot who she was and where she came from (even though others tried to remind her in a demeaning way). I think every woman need to read this book and see you don't have to give up who you are for money ,fame or fortune. There is an innocence about her that you fall in love with. I am not a great reviewer of books but I know how I felt when reading this series... Alive and ready for battle 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-21

Engaging story, meh narrating

I read this trilogy 10 years back and now listened to it. I must say i enjoyed it way more the first time. Even though i didnt remember much, i was a bit disappointed by all the repetitions in the story, dumb character choises and very easy to see through..though the worst part was the narrator. Glad im finished now, and almost wish i had not chosen to "reread" this as i wont remember it as fondly as i did.

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  • FIONA CHRISTIE
  • 11-02-22

Great story

Loved all 3 books. It’s basically a war story not for the faint hearted, gods and Elfin folk, good guys and bad guys. Highly recommended. Thank you

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  • Chris Collingwood
  • 09-18-22

3rd times the charm.

Nice to have the third book as good as the first. Girds blessing and the High Lords favor be with you o7

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Good story, narrator should keep to normal voice

It's a nice finish of the series.

Narrator has no clue how to perform any other voice than human, sounding terrible as other races... pretty much makes everyone sound like an 80s robot.

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  • Fiona C
  • 07-22-22

brulliant

I love this trilogy and this Author
not entirely keen on the narrator but it can't detract from what is undoubtedly one of the best fantasy trilogies ever written

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  • Alex of Romania
  • 06-06-22

exquisite, both the story and the story teller. I

I have enjoyed fully the plot, the strong characters and ever lasting hope that GOOD shall prevail. Sometimes a fairytale is an inspiration for the real life. Such is the case with the Paxennarion trilogy of deeds. Hail!

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  • Karl Daniel Hjorth
  • 07-12-21

The end of one of the best Fantasy series!

The sad conclusion of the deed ofPaksenarrion.

Not a sad ending but the sadness of not being able to keep following the characters.

The growth and story arc of several characters is woven together here and Moon doesn't shy away from portraiting true evil and dispair in a way that is unusual for most fantasy, especially at the time of the writing.

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  • richrad sadi
  • 05-13-21

satisfying ending

its was a good conclusion to the trilogy but the writing was slog to listen to in the middle but the story its self is good

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  • Keith K
  • 04-08-21

The best of a great trilogy

The sheep farmers daughter is a truly great trilogy in some ways surpassing Tolkien. Unlike Lord of the Rings the last book in this trilogy comes to a worthy climax

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-19

good and worth a listen

it is a good book and a great series. although I enjoyed the first book the most.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-21

most fav book

i absolutly love this book. i have always enjoyed the way she talks sbout food

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  • Gas
  • 04-27-21

An insight into our greatest human potential

The third and final book in the series. Adventure fantasy about a brave young female warrior who is called into special service by the Gods. A story of unwaivering faith, trust, service to others, honour, integrity, and the boundless inner strength discovered through complete and utter surrender to the worst imaginable suffering.