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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This book (along with the two that follow in the trilogy) were so good that I had a hard time reading any other books for a while afterwards. I had a hard time finding another book that lived up to the high standard this one set.
Moon has been compared to Tolkien (what decent fantasy writer hasn't been?), but she builds her world on the small details instead of the broad strokes of Tolkien. It is those small details that bring Moon's characters and world alive like no other fantasy world I've read about.
Moon is also a master manipulator of emotions. She will have you laughing throughout one chapter and crying throughout the next. Moon has no aversion to dealing with the death of characters you grow to love which makes it all the more real.
That it features a strong and intelligent female lead that doesn't get all goofy over some cliched heroic male is also refreshing.
I just wish Moon would get back to her roots and write more books about this great heroine.
I absolutely loved the prolog. Those first two pages set the tone for the entire book. I'm halfway through the second book, DIVIDED ALLEGIANCE, as I write this and I can say that it continues in this tone of storytelling. The best thing about this book is Paks, the main character. In the first page of the first chapter, I was immediately sympathizing with her. She wants action and adventure, not to marry some pig farmer's son. She wants it so bad that she will defy her father's wishes and run away from her family and everything she's ever known. I was hooked right away. Throughout the book, we experience with her all the joys of military life: recruitment, training, marching, her first battle. These are all done vividly and realistically, making the reader feel as if they are actually there. Paks' feelings and thoughts become ours.
Not only is Ms. Moon's characterization brilliant, but her story is engaging, too. I get the impression that most of this book was just set up material for the rest of the series. There were numerous small things that were hinted at in this book that I'm sure will turn out to have great impact later on. On its own, this book is a brilliant military fantasy. The villain they end up chasing around the country, though not actually shown until the very end, is expertly developed.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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
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. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Ashley Megan
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
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... Read morePublished on April 4 2002 by David
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