Limits of Power (Paladin's Legacy Series #4)

Limits of Power (Paladin's Legacy Series #4)

by Elizabeth Moon

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Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her bestselling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves—known as the Lady—is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.
Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family—rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it—even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace—no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides . . . if they can survive.

Praise for Limits of Power
“It’s easy to become fully immersed in, and absorbed by, the narrative: [Moon’s] great strength lies in the patient accumulation of telling detail, yielding an extraordinarily rich picture of the world’s politics, philosophy, military structure, history, magic and alien cultures, where men and women stand as equals even in force of arms.”Kirkus Reviews
“Thoughtful and deeply character driven, full of personal crises as heartbreaking and hopeful as any dramatic invasion . . . Moon deftly avoids big literary explosions, preferring instead a slow boil that builds pressure without relief. There are plots within plots, but the complex story is never confusing. Fantasy fans will be delighted by this impressive foray.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Elizabeth Moon
“This is an excellent series, and Echoes of Betrayal is particularly well done. [Elizabeth Moon is a] consistently entertaining writer, and this book lives up to her standards.”San Jose Mercury News
“Moon’s characters navigate an intricate maze of alliances and rivalries. . . . Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity.”—The Star-Ledger, on Kings of the North
“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created . . . No one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”—The Miami Herald, on Oath of Fealty

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345533081
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Series: Legend of Paksenarrion Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 303,038
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Moon grew up on the Texas border, served three years of active duty in the USMC (1968–71), and now lives with her husband, also a veteran, near Austin, Texas. She has published more than twenty-five novels, including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, Hugo finalist Remnant Population, and the enduring epic fantasy series The Chronicles of Paksenarrion. She has published more than fifty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines and in four of her own short-fiction collections, most recently Moon Flights and Deeds of Honor. When not writing, Moon enjoys photographing native plants and wildlife, knitting socks, and cooking.

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Limits of Power 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Magic is on the rise and people's lives are being destroyed indiscriminately. The elves have suffered a terrible loss and their home is threatened to disappear without someone to hold the taig. It is difficult to tell who is friend and who is foe. This is a world were many creatures exist with different levels of ability. The threat comes when one species is more magically inclined. Jealousy and infighting has risen to new heights, in an effort to calm the tensions engagements were arranged between the elves and the humans. Although the ½ breeds are looked down upon and it doesn't help the building tension. Some relief comes when dragons intercede and help bridge the divide.  As human's start to show magical abilities, they are persecuted and or killed. Hiding abilities leaves many of the characters in a precarious position. There is extreme mistrust of all magical abilities except healing, but even there is a thin line. Limits of Power was a highly complex and slow moving fantasy. Not reading past installments in this series, I found it difficult to follow. But once I caught on I found the plot very ingruing and enjoyable storyline. There was a lot of character interactions, rehashing (catching up) and getting reacquainted and not a lot of action. Limits of Power is a nice, enjoyable but complex fantasy read. This ARC copy of Limits of Power was given to me by Edelweiss and Random House - Del Ray in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date June 11, 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series. Pak's will be proud!! Fantastic series from 'Sheep Farmers Daughter' to this one. Keep up the great work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read.....only problem is, I want more, more, more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great continuing story line with some new interesting plot twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole Paladin Legacy series is very, very good. I read all of them in a row.
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BOOOM More than 1 year ago
I loved the first trilogy, the books are falling part I've read then so much. I expect these will be the same way soon. I have loved every book in the series. This does not disappoint.
Rick_S1 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Moon is one of the better authors out there in both Science Fiction and Fantasy. Her main and supporting characters are both interesting and engaging. I really care what happens to them as I read. Its a shame that she is not more well known, as she has been an inspiration for many authors, including David Weber for his Honor Harrington series. I unreservedly recommend her for teens and adults.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Excellent Series Continuation <blockquote>The Eight Kingdoms are under threat. Throughout the north, magic is re-emerging after centuries of absence, popping up in family after family-even those with no known mage parentage. Nor is it confined to the privileged classes, but is appearing in rich and poor alike. This is bad enough in lands where such powers are not considered illegal, but now some kingdoms are instituting pogroms, killing everyone in whom the powers emerge, no matter how young or  old they might be. And with one very determined traitor at work, intent on undoing any effort at peace no matter how many lives it costs, the future hangs in the balance. It is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides... if they can survive.</blockquote> The story continues where it left off in <em>Echoes of Betrayal</em> , with each of the smaller lines of the make up the greater whole cloth of the story being followed. Arcolin, King Kieri &amp; Queen Arian of Lyonya, Duke Verrakai, King Mikeli of Tsaia, Arvid and Dattur, all of their stories crisscross throughout the book. Like the other books in the series it can be a bit confusing at first, when you leave one character's story and go back in time to the next character's story, as the events for each are happening simultaneously. In Lyonya they must deal with the iynisins treacherous attack on the Lady. The attack which was successful, killing the Lady (and therefore the elvenhome), and almost having Kieri blamed for the murder of his own grandmother. There is also the aftermath of the war with Pargun, Queen Arian's miscarriage by poison, plans for river trade, and preparation of defenses for Lyonya should Alured the Black attempt the invade via the river in his potential bid to take over the entire land. Arcolin has his hands full becoming a Duke, leading his entire Company so that it is all in the south for the fighting season, finding an acceptable wife, and learning the Law for reasons that become clear as time goes on. As well he has dealings with Arvid, former Thieves Guildmaster turned Girdish. Arvid and the gnome Dattur left the Inn where they had been guests to move in with Fox Company for more protection from retaliation from the local Thieves Guild; Arvid had taken his revenge upon the local Guild, recovering his stolen goods and something totally unexpected. Duke Verrakai has suddenly adopted the one of her young squires as her heir, the only way to save the young squire's life according to law. Dorrin and her new heir go see Kieri, King of Lyonya and her former Duke and commander, and exchange what news they can while still maintaining loyalty to their respective kingdoms. King Mikeli of Tsaia has his hands full, between the royal regalia that Duke Verrakai brought to him as a gift, and the sudden resurgence of mage talents across his kingdom and others. As more and more young people begin to show talents as mages, controversy runs rampant, leaving the King in a very tough spot. Should he support the pogroms to kill anyone manifesting a Mage talent, which is basically the law, or should he and the Marshal-General work to alter law and perceptions about mages? If he follows the letter of the law things would go from bad to heinous in a heartbeat. Elves have come from the holding that was discovered in Luap's scrolls, the scrolls Paks had been given as a reward. These Elves demand that all humans be recalled so that they may close the gate to protect from greater damage by the iynisins, and that includes the be-spelled human magelords. Of course no one knows how to awaken the magelords, and don't know if they even should, knowing nothing about them. However it may be a good idea to wake the magelords, as all the youngsters showing ability will need an adult to train them, and Dorrin is the only adult magelord people know and remotely trust, and she is already overwhelmed with jobs. The royal regalia is becoming more restless and demanding, and has begun speaking to a few others that we know of; there is real fear that Alured the Black wants this regalia, and may become unstoppable if he gets it and can use it. And it is looking more and more likely that this is a real possibility. The continuation of this epic fantasy remains strong and engaging, though it is starting to feel as if this story is nearing a conclusion. I remain undecided about this story ending yet, but will let the <em>Crown of Renewal</em> tell me what it can.
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Ariana_EJR More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Moon is one of my favorite authors. She knows her world and creates great societies and worlds. That being said I read the second and third book of this series with some trepidation. I like finding out about characters that were minor in the Paks trilogy, but sometimes they felt a little stretched. Limits of Power restored my confidence. Yes she is weaving several strands and yes there is no 'evil' person. However we do have 'good' people being ambivalent or if not 'bad' then not behaving well. We have a 'bully' in Regar among the Girdsmen, the elves are not always above suspicion. Arvid Semmison's transformation is worth almost the whole book. I am looking forward to the next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although not as overwhelmingly outstandiing as the previous book, this is still one of the best books I've read this year. The characters are all complex and interesting, and can still surprise you, even in this fourth book. I hope this series goes on for a long time, and that the author does not skimp on fully unfolding all the major characters' plot lines just to satisfy those who want everything wrapped up neatly in each volume.
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Eruvanna More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Moon continues to wow with her new book in the world of Paksenarion. I eagerly await the next iteration of this series!
Seeker_OWAT More than 1 year ago
it continues the story and adds some new twists.  I enjoyed the rich tapestry of life in their world.  I also became invoved with the characters, and care what happens to them..  I can't wait for the next book in this series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A required read for any SF fan. Great character development and attention to detail. Every moment until the next book in this series will be agony.
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Really enjoyed
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mindytanner More than 1 year ago
I must admit I was very disappointed in this book. The writing was as awesome as the rest of the paks books. But I felt cheated , nothing in the book was new information, and nothing that I can tell has reached it's climax. Had to wait 2 yrs for this one and it was a book of nothing.