This week saw publication of LIMITS OF POWER, the penultimate volume in Elizabeth Moon‘s Paladin’s Legacy, an epic fantasy series of elves, dragons and kingdoms under threat. The novel is published by Orbit in the UK. Here is the synopsis…
Magic will not be enough… The Lady of the elves has been slain and King Kieri injured by the iynisin, a corrupted race of elves whose poisonous touch means grisly death for all who stand in their way. As the Lady’s elves retreat to bury their dead, strange discoveries are made in the palace, revealing old secrets about the ancient alliance between humankind and elves. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Tsaia, young Prince Camwyn begins to exhibit dangerous signs of magery. Discovery of magical blood so close to the king will put his brother’s rule in jeopardy, but he has nowhere to turn when even his own family might put him to death for treason.
Orbit have shared an excerpt of the novel on their website, so be sure to check that out if you are not yet (for shame!) familiar with the series. The novel has also received some excellent early reviews…
‘Moon’s fourth fantasy novel set in the Eight Kingdoms… is 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
‘… it’s easy to become fully immersed in, and absorbed by, the narrative: Her 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
LIMITS OF POWER was preceded by OATH OF FEALTY (2010), KINGS OF THE NORTH (2011), and ECHOES OF BETRAYAL (2012). The climactic final volume in the series, CROWN OF RENEWAL, is currently schedule for publication in May 2014.
Elizabeth Moon is represented by Zeno in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of Jabberwocky Literary Agency in New York.