Echoes of Betrayal Paperback
Part of the Paladin's Legacy series
As threats build abroad, treachery strikes at home ...While King Kieri struggles to end the war that plagues his borders, his new subjects are becoming restless.
His people include both humans and elves, and their uneasy accord is cracking under the demands of war. Kieri didn't fully appreciate the danger until someone close to him is found slain in the woods, and his beloved new wife also finds her life in danger.
Kieri must seek out the corruption within his grandmother's elvish court, or all he's achieved will turn to nothing.
Trouble also finds Dorrin Verrakai on the road, riding to command her kingdom's defences in the war torn provinces.
Her family's dark power is rising again and it's down to her to root out the devastating influence of their illicit blood magic.
Then her investigations reveal magery in the last place anyone expected. And while mortals struggle, dragonspawn might yet set all their realms afire.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 23/02/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841497693
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Review by eleanor_eader
This has been the least satisfying read of the Paladin’s Legacy – or Paksworld – series, so far, though I consider the largest flaw of <i>Echoes of Betrayal</i> to be that <i>Oath of Fealty</i> and <i>Kings of the North</i> were shaping up into such a solid, cohesive read that I thought things would end as well resolved as they did at the end of the <i>The Deed of Paksennarion</i> trilogy. Instead, peril is described and directed, beaten back, lingers, forms somewhere else, and the book ends by ramping up more; not one of the growing threats to the kingdoms of Kieri or Mikeli has been put to bed, meanwhile. Characters that were satisfying to visit in the previous books become irritating in this one, as the shifts in character focus don’t really seem to add up to anything, and unlike the previous books, none of the characters (except perhaps the King’s Cousin, and Duke’s Squire, Beclan) seem to evolve.Elizabeth Moon writes wonderfully detailed fantasy fiction, but this book feels like a glitch in the story-arc at worst, a pin to hold it up, at best. No real cohesion or plot, no advance in any area, and the final attack was so removed from anything that the reader had encountered in the story thus far, that it felt contrived; and still the explanation is left for the next book. <i>Echoes of Betrayal</i> wasn’t bad enough for me to lose interest in the series; Dorrin Verraki remains a wonderfully interesting character, the Dragon is fascinating and frightening at the same time, just as a dragon should be, and I’m glad that Arcolin – and Stammel – are still given storylines, because writing the militia and its characters are where Moon really shines (er, sorry, that was awkward and unintentional punning); and the suggestion playing out that Paks, as Paladin, has changed the lives of everyone with whom she has come in contact, is an intriguing one. I just wish I could have picked up the next book with the same enthusiasm with which I grabbed this one.