Del Rey Spectra 50 Page Fridays: Elizabeth Moon


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it be science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week’s excerpt features Oath Of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon. Here’s what former Del Rey editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell had to say about the book:

“Quite some time ago <ahem>, a wonderful first novel appeared in my in-box at Baen Books, where I was senior editor at the time. It was called Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, by an author named Elizabeth Moon. The story was about Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, headstrong daughter of a farmer who follows her dream of becoming a hero out of legend by running away to join the army. Military life and warfare aren’t anything like she imagined . . . yet she holds to both her duty and her dreams. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold told of her rise to become the paladin who saves a kingdom.

But the story didn’t end with that original trilogy. Paks has gone on to a different life, but those who were her companions, and the evil that threatened her world, carry on. Oath of Fealty is the first book in a new series called Paladin’s Legacy. Two kings stand at a pivotal point in their history. Dark forces are gathering against them, knit in a secret conspiracy more sinister–and far more ancient–than they can imagine.

It isn’t necessary to have read the original Sheepfarmer’s Daughter and its sequels. I hope that the world of Kieri Phelan, Duke Dorrin Verrakai, Sergeant Stammel and many others will capture you just as it captured me so many years ago.”

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Again, please enjoy this extensive excerpt of Oath Of Fealty, available now in eBook and in paperback. And be sure to check out the newest book in the Paladin’s Legacy series, Limits of Power, on sale 6/11 in hardcover and eBook!

OATH OF FEALTY by Elizabeth Moon, Excerpt by Random House Publishing Group