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Sheepfarmer's Daughter [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Moon
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June 1 1988 Deed of Paksenarrion
Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler. Reissue.

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Former Marine Elizabeth Moon is the author of many novels, including Victory Conditions, Command Decision, Engaging the Enemy, Marque and Reprisal, Trading in Danger, the Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, and Remnant Population, a Hugo Award finalist. After earning a degree in history from Rice University, Moon went on to obtain a degree in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Florence, Texas. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! May 29 2014
By Lisa
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Great series... I couldn't put the books down! Seriously, I finished the three book series in three days. Who needs sleep?
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read. April 23 2014
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The start of an excellent series. It is well written and entertaining. I an looking forward to reading more from this author.
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This book is but the beginning of one of the greatest trilogies I have ever read. The story revolves around a young woman named Paksenarrion who runs away from home to avoid the fate her father had consigned her to. Looking for fame and adventure, she joins a mercenary company in which she spends the rest of the book with. As the book progresses, I found myself coming to care deeply for the main character even to the point of becoming heart broken when something bad happens. Elizabeth Moon gives a realistic description of military life that is simply missing from many books in the same genre. The writing is very well done and keeps a good pace. The plot is excellent and not once did I become bored with the direction of the book. I would say that this book is a must read for any person who enjoys this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The details alone make it worth reading June 3 2004
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This is a great series! Follows Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, a young provincial woman who joins a mercenary company at 18 and goes on to become a famous knight. Book One is about her days as a mercenary soldier. I was amazed at how detailed Moon's accounts of military life are. In some ways, this book is a little like "By the Sword" by Mercedes Lackey, but I would rate this by far as the better of the two. Paks is good, but not cocky, like Lackey's Kerowyn tends to be. She enjoys just being a common soldier, although her superiors notice something special about her from the first. Eventually, Paks becomes a key player in the main battle of the story, as several mercenary armies ally together to bring down Count Siniava, the bad guy.
At times, "rich in detail" can become just "confusing", especially since (at least in the version I own) Moon spends a great deal of time on the importance of geography, but doesn't include a map. But if you enjoy more sword than sorcery, with likable (and perhaps even more important, believable!) characters, this is a great book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the life of a soldier April 22 2003
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the life of a soldier. at first i thought of it as kind of dull. P joins an army ans learns the life of a soldier. contains lot of details about her learning, training, formations etc. it is quite interesting. gets very realistic. Moon is great at describing the soldier's life. battles are described a little bit different, coming from the one soldier's point of view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crossing Over with the Sheepfarmers Daughter April 14 2002
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This is one of those Science Fiction/Fantasy Crossover books that I don't usually enjoy. I tend to like hard Space Opera style SF, but I do like Elizabeth Moon, and after reading this I still do. She writes one hell of a story, and right from the first chapter to the end of the third book, you will be making time to read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable book. Feels very realistic. April 4 2002
By David
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This is a very good fantasy/adventure story and I recommend it to fans of the genre. This book follows the adventures of a young girl who has left home with dreams of becoming a warrior in a mercenary company. Her experiences are exciting, frustrating, unexpected, bewildering, and challenging to her. The big plus for me was the extremely realistic feel of this book. Her training and the missions seemed very genuine. Elizabeth Moon avoided going over the top with this book and kept it believable. For example, when someone gets an injury, they don't jump back up and just brush it off like many other novels. They spend days and weeks recovering.
I read this as part of the "Deed of Paksennarion" compilation, but I felt more comfortable reviewing this book alone because I felt it was superior to the other two novels in the trilogy: "Divided Allegience" and "Oath of Gold". This book stands well on its own, even though it is part of a trilogy. If you read this and enjoy it for the same reasons I did, be warned that the next two books take a different direction and lose some of what made this book so enjoyable for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Oct. 10 2001
By Robert
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I have recommended this book to many many people and every one has enjoyed it (except for one who thought is was just a "so so" book). The story is about what it takes to make a "hero." You litteraly start in the trenches and see the life of a "common soldier." Book two moves on to the next step as Paks (the hero) becomes a "soldier for good." The final step in the trilogy shows you the cost that it takes to earn the title "hero." I would warn you that these books are hard to put down and the characters are hard to forget.
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