|Submitted by Christopher Ware|
(May 15, 2001)
(The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 2)The first third of this book seemed mediocre compared to the writing and character development in the first book, SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER. Paks didn't seem the same and the story seemed a bit forced. However, after this first adventure, the book really picks up. Do not put the book down because of this beginning...trust me, it gets a lot better. This book is the furthing story of Paks' development towards her destiny. We see her exporing her own belief system and becoming more of a young woman of the world, rather than the girl she still was at the end of the first book. The supporting characters are all vivid and important. They each have something to contribute to who Paks will become. I was shocked at the ending. It seemed to come out of nowhere...there was no way I could have expected Ms. Moon to end the book that way. It took a lot of courage for her to leave her readers hanging, wondering what would happen to Paks. Thankfully, I had the third book on hand and started it right away, just to find out what happened. This was a thoroughly absorbing book. I found that, after the first third or so, I could hardly put it down. As with the first book, I always wanted to find out what happened next. Ms. Moon's writing kept me engaged with the characters and made me care about what happened to them. Plus, she dangled just enough mystery in front of us to keep us intrigued with the overall story of the trilogy rather than the substories in the individual books. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy fans.