Kings of the North (Paladin's Legacy)
by Elizabeth Moon
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497686
Date: 24 March 2011 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, Moon's Paksenarrion series is a firm favourite in many a fantasy fan's formative reading. Oath of Fealty marked the start of another fantasy sequence in the Paksennarion world, a return welcomed by a huge amount of readers. Orbit now publish the second volume in this latest sequence, Kings of the North here in the UK.
"King Kieri's realm has been destabilised by political wrangling and his court is blind to the dangers - until an assassination attempt on their king. And when this backfires, Kieri's enemies start planning an invasion using dragonfire, a force unseen for hundreds of years. In King Mikeli's adjoining kingdom, his crown is threatened by a bandit prince. Alured the Black claims his lineage gives him dominion over all the lands. His ambition is boundless, his methods are ruthless and he will not be swayed from his goal, whether or not it undermines a region already on the brink of war. Dark mages also watch for weakness and hunger for their own lost powers. The Kings of the North must plan wisely, as disaster is a sword's breadth away. "