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Limits of Power

par Elizabeth Moon

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Séries: Paladin's Legacy (4), Paksenarrion's World (9)

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A re-emergence of magic after centuries of absence sparks brutal pogroms throughout the Eight Kingdoms, pitting a group of resolute heroes against the machinations of a vicious traitor.
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I am a big fan of fantasy and science fiction novels especially if they are long and have several books in the series. I really enjoy a series of books that I can immerse myself in and I first picked up an Elizabeth Moon novel because it was long and part of a multi-novel series. I continue to read her books because I find them engrossing and highly enjoyable. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
This is the fourth of five books in the Paladin's Legacy series, a followup story about the paladin Paks. As the previous books Paks plays a very minor role and her name is used more to draw interest than anything else.

I picked this book up several years after I read the previous one, and noticed something I wouldn't have seen otherwise. It starts in the middle of a chapter with no looks back. It's more like Elizabeth moon wrote all books into one story and divided them at random places. There are chapters starting like "He looked at the people over there", which taken out of the context of the previous chapter has no meaning at all.

So the language and structure of these books are sub-par. That is compensate by it being a light flowing, mostly positive, story of good virtues (and since it's Elizabeth Moon, also of cleaning your weapons and early morning weapon practice).

So if you can read this right after reading the previous book, it will be ok. Otherwise you might as well skip it all. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Still a fantastic series grounded in reality and strong characters. The women are people in their own right, the men have adventures and grow as humans, and this series is one I'm glad I took a chance on when I had the opportunity.

In a nutshell, magic has come back into the world. Kieran must come to grips with his kingship, the events at the end of book 3, and his need to rule over both Elves and Humans. In the kingdom of Tsaia, young prince Camwyn finds that his hand glows as if by magic; his struggle with doing what is right with what is also right is a great example of the greyness of life itself and the choices we must make. Hint: he makes the right choice. There is less story of Dorrin Verrakai as there was in previous books, but Arvid suddenly comes into his own as a major character. There are hints in a short volume of what will happen; without a spoiler, he learns that Gird has a higher plan for it and he is resourceful enough to find a way. And he learns love. Finally, Arcolin comes into his own as a ruler of both Humans and Gnomes and the need to start his own lineage.

There are also hints of great conflict to come with the Duke of Immer, his descent into evil, and the son of Count Andressat all playing a part in the events to come of Book 5. ( )
  threadnsong | Dec 23, 2016 |
Reviewing 'Echoes of Betrayal' and 'Limits of Power' together, because I read them back-to-back, and there isn't any radical distinction between them.
Both books are very middle-y. Not really middling, just middle-of-series-y. You're expected to know the characters already (that's OK, because I do), and to be invested enough in their ongoing drama that you're not expecting each book to be it's own individual story with clear rising-action-falling-action-conclusion plotting - they're not - but that's (mostly) OK. This series really does have enough engaging characters and interesting scenarios that I'm fine with just following all the characters around and seeing what happens next. It's good entertainment.
The content - well crafted, but fairly typical fantasy fare - kingdom-shaking issues regarding magic, royal marriages, human-elf interaction, evil wizards, dragons... all that good stuff.
I love Moon's strong female characters, and her realistic portrayals of warrior/military women.
The one small thing that annoyed me was how much everyone talks about Paksenarrion - with all that talk, I feel like she should've made more of an appearance.
I'd recommend this series to anyone who's looking for a nice, solid, but non-genre-bending fantasy series with a large number of pages to get lost in - but I'd recommend starting at the beginning.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I love that the world which seemed so straight forward in the original Paksenarrion series continues to get more complex. The only reason I can't give this five stars, is that it feels like a book setting up the big finish in the next installment. I honestly don't know how Mrs. Moon is going to tie everything up in a single volume but I can't wait to find out.

A wonderful scene with King Kieri, and continued development of Arvid were among the highlights of book 4 for me. ( )
  GSB68 | May 19, 2015 |
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