Oath of Fealty: Paladin's Legacy, Book 1
by Elizabeth Moon
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497679
Date: 04 March 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Elizabeth Moon is one of those writers who seem equally at home either side of the SF / Fantasy divide. Well known as a Military SF author, for her brilliant Nebula award winning Speed of Darkand also for her collaborations with Ann McCaffrey, Moons Paksenarrion series is a firm favourite in many a fantasy fan's formative reading. Oath of Fealty marks the start of another fantasy sequence in the Paksennarion world and it's a return that will be welcomed by a huge amount of readers. Orbit publish here in the UK.
"A death has made Kieri Phelan king of Lyona. Here humans and elves live in uneasy peace, united only by their failure to see the dangers at their borders. Harmony has never been more important - or elusive. But will Kieri's soldier background allow him to navigate these difficult politics? And can he awaken the powers his mixed blood confers? An older evil also threatens, affecting not just Lyona but all surrounding kingships. The Verrakai family has been practicing forbidden blood magic for generations, and its scions are becoming bold. When they infiltrate a foreign court and assassinate key nobles, it's clear they must be controlled or eradicated. Phelan will send Dorrin, the only Verrakai he can truly trust, on this mission. She must overcome her abhorrence of the power that is her birthright and awaken her own hidden magic. This will lead to secrets and a mystery that neither Phelan nor Dorrin could have anticipated. "