The Deed of Paksenarrion

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The Deed of Paksenarrion
Deed of Paksenarrion.JPG
Cover of both the paperback (PB)
and hardcover (HC) editions.
AuthorElizabeth Moon
Cover artistKeith Parkinson
CountryUnited States
PublisherBaen Books
Publication date
February 1992
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages1024 pp
ISBN978-0-671-72104-6 (first edition)
978-0-7434-7160-2 (hardcover)
813/.54 22
LC ClassPS3563.O557 D44 1992
Preceded bySurrender None 
Followed byLiar's Oath 

The Deed of Paksenarrion is an epic fantasy saga by the American author Elizabeth Moon. The Deed of Paksenarrion was originally published in three volumes in 1988 and 1989 and as a single trade edition of that name in 1992 by Baen. The three books included are Sheepfarmer's Daughter, Divided Allegiance and Oath of Gold. Sheepfarmer's Daughter was awarded the Compton Crook Award by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the author's first fantasy novel.[1]

A single volume prequel about the life of Paksenarrion's guiding saint was published in 1990, followed by a sequel tying characters from both works together.

A new series is set immediately after The Deed of Paksenarrion: it includes five volumes, released in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


The original trilogy and the two Gird-related books were first published as mass market paperbacks, before being collected as trade paperback omnibus editions. The new series is being published in hardcover.

The Deed of Paksenarrion[edit]

  • The Deed of Paksenarrion omnibus (February 1992), hardcover (October 2003)
  1. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter (ISBN 978-0-671-65416-0, June 1988)
  2. Divided Allegiance (ISBN 978-0-671-69786-0, October 1988)
  3. Oath of Gold (ISBN 978-0-671-69798-3, January 1989)
  • “Those Who Walk in Darkness” (March 1990) – short story set during Oath of Gold, included in the collections Lunar Activity and Phases

The Legacy of Gird[edit]

  • The Legacy of Gird (published as A Legacy of Honour in the UK) omnibus (ISBN 978-0-671-87747-7, September 1996)
  1. Surrender None (ISBN 978-0-671-69878-2, June 1990) – prequel to The Deed of Paksenarrion
  2. Liar's Oath (ISBN 978-0-671-72117-6, May 1992) – sequel to both Surrender None and The Deed of Paksenarrion

Paladin's Legacy[edit]

  1. Oath of Fealty (ISBN 978-0-345-50874-4, March 2010)
  2. Kings of the North (ISBN 978-0-345-50875-1, March 2011)
  3. Echoes of Betrayal (ISBN 978-0-345-50876-8, March 2012)
  4. Limits of Power (ISBN 978-0-345-53306-7, June 2013)
  5. Crown of Renewal (ISBN 978-0-356-50130-7, May 2014)


The Deed of Paksenarrion was written as one long story, but published as three separate books.

The Deed of Paksenarrion revolves around the adult life of Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter, known as Paks, of Three Firs. It takes place in a fictional medieval world of kingdoms of humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves.

The story begins by introducing Paks as a headstrong girl of 18, who leaves her home in Three Firs (fleeing a marriage arranged by her father) to join a mercenary company and through her journeys and hardships comes to realize that she has been gifted as a paladin, if in a rather non-traditional way. Paksenarrion works, fights, and sacrifices herself until she can see the rightful king of Lyonya established over the opposition of evil forces, or gods, and evil humans.

Film adaptation[edit]

As of December of 2019 Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the books and plan on production of a live-action feature film.


  1. ^ Ebbers, A. F. (April 13, 1989). "Writer wins award, Marine Corps tour helped publish book". Austin American-Statesman.

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