Sheepfarmer's Daughter Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1988
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About the Author
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.
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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.
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.
This is a wonderful story if you want realistic fantasy. The military structure and feel of the book is brilliantly authentic. I had the priviledge of training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, and I can confidently state that Elizabeth Moon knows her stuff. Any veteran will find a trace of their old DI in Sergeant Stammel, and of their own shock in the first days of training in Paks' reactions.
This book also manages to have a strong female character without becoming in any way pedantic, patronizing or anti male. Paksenarion is portrayed as a good recruit who becomes a good soldier. The feel of the book is that, male or female, every individual deserves a chance to reach the height of his or her potential. It manages to convey such a lofty theme while remaining true to the grit and coarse humor of an infantry platoon.
All in all, this book is a terrific read, and not the usual run of the mill Tolkien retread stuff of which fantasy is too full today.
The next two books in the series, "Divided Allegiance" and "Oath of Gold", are worth reading as well. Elizabeth Moon has proven herself one of the genre's finest.
Paks runs away from home to avoid the arranged marriage that her father set up, and enlists in the mercenary army of Duke Phelan. A large part of this novel gives a semi-realistic portrayal of the life of a grunt in a medieval army - including weapon drills, digging jacks, and the thrill of the first battle. Meanwhile, the fantasy world starts to flesh out with its own geography, history and mythology. The novel finishes with a satisfying conflict that will want you to get part 2 of "The Deed of Paksenarrion" as soon as you can.
If you enjoy good fantasy, you will probably enjoy this novel. If you enjoyed "Ash: A Secret History" by Mary Gentle and "The Black Company" by Glen Cook, you absolutely have to buy this book.
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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?Published on May 29 2014 by Lisa
The start of an excellent series. It is well written and entertaining. I an looking forward to reading more from this author.Published on April 23 2014 by Brenda Beebe
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. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by jan erik storebø
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... Read morePublished on April 13 2002 by G E. Learned
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). Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2001 by Robert
I hated this book. It was boring as hell. By the time I got to the umpteenth battle scene about halfway through, I was still looking for a reason to continue reading and finally... Read morePublished on June 13 2001