Liar’s Oath (The Legacy of Gird, #2)

ISBN: 1841490164
ISBN 13: 9781841490168
By: Elizabeth Moon

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More action-packed fantasy adventure from the author of the acclaimed DEED OF PAKSENARRION trilogy

Reader's Thoughts

Ruby Hollyberry

NEVER read this one. I love the Deed of Paksenarrion and am enjoying the new follow-up trilogy so far. Surrender None is not as good, but it is more or less okay and explains some historical and cultural backstory of the continent. This one is terrible and not worth bothering with even for the most obsessed fan of the series.


Had a hard time getting through this book. Not my favorite in the series.

Lian Tanner

It's always tricky going back and reading an author's earlier work when you've enjoyed their later books - and I've loved the journey Moon has been taking us on over the last few years. I didn't realise this one was the second in a series, but it stands fairly well on its own, particularly because I've picked up a bit about the Gird story in the later books. This wasn't an easy read, because Luap is such a frustrating character - often smug and unsympathetic, and you spend a lot of time waiting for the moment when things will come undone. So I didn't love it, but it was good to get some more background, and I enjoyed reading about the beginning of the paladins.


I remember reading this but nothing about it. Not a good sign.


Really a slow read. I just can't give up ona book.


This series is worth reading, but not all of the books are available at the library.

Mike (the Paladin)

Not nearly as good as The Deed of Paksenarrion (which is among my favorite books easily in the top 10 maybe the top 5). It will give you a deal of the back story however.


Moon's Deed of Pakenarrion is one of my favorite books, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy. I just couldn't get into the Legacy of Gird books. Reading this felt like work.


Companion book to the "Deed of Paksenarrion" - This book gives the backstory about Luap and Gird. I didn't like it as much as the "Deed" and quite frankly thought Luap was a jerk. I didn't regret reading it, but I wasn't too crazy about it either.

Jeremy Preacher

I am disappointed with this as well as Legacy of Gird. The Deed of Paksenarrion was very good - solid, somewhat pedestrian, but good - but these two follow-ups read like the author's background notes expanded into novel form. The character of Luap is marginally less unsympathetic here than he was in Gird, but only marginally, and there's no mystery - we know how it ends. I would not recommend it, even if you liked Paks.

Beth Cato

This book was the second part in a compilation of two books entitled The Legacy of Gird.[return][return]After Gird's death, his mageborn scribe Luap continued his work, but also sought a refuge for other mageborn like himself. He's overjoyed when he finds a remote mountain palace carved from sheer rock, only accessible by several ancient portals. The older races, the Elves and Dwarves, gruffly approve their residence in the palace, but warn their visitation will only last as long as the local ancient evil isn't awakened. That evil is left unnamed, but it watches, waiting for the time to strike.[return][return]This book just didn't feel right at all. It was interesting to see how certain things are explained that are important in the Paks books (as this book is a prequel), but in many ways that felt like that the only purpose of this book. Gird died at the end of Surrender None, so I was surprised that he was still alive for the first chunk of this volume. Luap himself was not a likeable character at all. He whines for the first 2/3, and doesn't really feel like an integral part in the last 1/3. The two young paladins were fascinating, yet at the same time they were too flawless.[return][return]The ending was rushed, too. The entire last half of the book left me waiting for the evil entities to attack, and it kept not-happening. Then suddenly at the end Seri and Aris solve everything all of a sudden, then evil attacks, then there's a time warp/something (I still don't get that bit) and the mageborn are evicted from ye old mountain palace.[return][return]I love Moon's writing and world-building, as always, but this book is made of too many pieces that just didn't fit together well or at the right time. These were no where near as good at the Paks books, but they were worth reading for the background information on Gird and Luap. I will not be keeping The Legacy of Gird.


Weakest in the series. Jumping back past the dramatic finish of Surrender None is an awkward start... and following a basically unlikeable protagonist is a problem throughout. Fortunately it does pick up a bit eventually, but the middle portions are still a bit of a slog.


I rated this while I was reading it originally. But like many of her books, the ending changed the meaning of the whole book! Her description of Luap's problem is so right on, I wonder if this character is a study of the characters in her 'Speed of Dark' book. She has such a deep understanding of people and brings it out in her books that I learn about people from reading some of her most difficult books. This book is very difficult to read because of the flaws in the main character. But that is the beauty of it! She helps us to understand how one flaw can change the lives of a small city or the history of a nation, or the mythology of a people.


It fills in the "Legend of Gird" that is mentioned in the Paksennarion Trilogy. This is from the point of view of Gird's right hand man, but I couldn't like him. It was more irritating than enjoyable. It is only interesting as background information for the Paksennarion Trilogy, but not a necessary read.


Vote: 3,25Class: L-B3 (FP) (*) (final of the two prequels of the Deed of Paksennarion Trilogy)This book is no better than the previous one: certainly interesting and with a well built setting (which helps us to understand more of the world behind the Deed of Paksennarion), it is not even close to be the great fantasy novel the original Trilogy was.The world (3,50) is perhaps the best thing in this book: we came to know much more of its history and people and it's a convincing fantasy world.The characters (3,00) are somewhat shallow and they lack a real personality and are often not true to themselves (they seldom feel real!).The story (3,25) is stretched to give and understanding of what we have found in Luap's stronghold, but like the characters themselves it isn't always coherent.The writing style (3,50) is good; sometimes it's too slow but beautifully written.All in all it was not a really enjoying reading, and I can't recommended it but to fanatic fans of the Paksennarion world. I'm not sure I'll read the sequel to the original Paksennarion Trilogy.(*) I really don't like from the author to insert in a book like this her opinions about homosexual relationships: throughout the original Trilogy and more in this sequel we find references about how it's all the same whom you want to love (especially in regard of the female characters). I don't care either for her characters casual comments about anticonceptionals.Both seem to me best left out from a Fantasy novel for young adult reader.

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