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Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion)

Kings of the North - Elizabeth Moon 1/4/14 ** Re-reading the set as I get ready to read the 4th (out of 5) in this companion series in the Paksenarion world. This is my first book for the new year. :)

9/15/12 ** Still wanted comfort food for the beginning of the school year. Picked this up from my shelf even though it is the 2nd in the series. Must buy the first. Then, I discovered that the third in this trilogy cam out this year and there are copies available at the library. Guess where I'll be at 10:00 Saturday (tomorrow) morning?! Writing, cooking, cleaning, grading papers??? Hmmm - perhaps those are all overrated.

4/10/11 ** This volume is the 2nd in an anticipated trilogy set in Paksenarion's world; it follows the lives of those who shaped and guided Paksenarion on her journey from being a sheepfarmer's daughter to being a paladin.
As the first book, Oath of Fealty, Kings of the North contains an ensemble cast, changing perspectives every few chapters. I did find myself cheating on this first reading of the book, flipping ahead to follow one story-line, because I wanted to know immediately what had happened with a particular character. The downside to this is that the various story-lines are interwoven so carefully that I found I was missing key details that had been revealed in someone else's story line.
This book, more than the first seemed to explore the theme of unintended consequences and the pitfalls that can come when trying to judge others on the basis of one's own cultural norms. The long-time enmity between those from Tsaia & Lyonya with those from Pargun was explored in more depth. Parallels could be drawn between Moon's world and our own regarding the West's beliefs about the Middle East, and vice versa. Moon seems to be giving a clear warning about making assumptions about others.