Authors: Elizabeth Moon
Tags: #Fiction, #Fantasy, #General
Oath of Gold
Oath of Fealty
Kings of the North
Trading in Danger
Marque and Reprisal
Engaging the Enemy
Once a Hero
Rules of Engagement
Change of Command
Against the Odds
The Speed of Dark
Published by Ballantine Books
Kings of the North
is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
by Elizabeth Moon
All rights reserved.
Published in the United States by Del Rey, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Kings of the north / Elizabeth Moon.
1. Paksenarrion (Fictitious character)—Fiction. I. Title.
Jacket design: David Stevenson
Jacket illustration: © Paul Youll
For Linda Varda, Master Sergeant, retired after thirty-four years in uniform (Army, Texas Army National Guard, Texas State Guard), senior NCO of her unit and First Sergeant. Served overseas in multiple areas, recipient of the Humanitarian Service Medal when, as part of the 92nd Aviation Company, she was involved in multiple rescues while supporting a high-altitude project on Mount Rainier.
And for Richard Dykstra, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Inactive Reserve, after active-duty service in the Army and the Texas Army National Guard as Ordnance Officer, both here and abroad.
Both have served their country in many other ways as well, and it was my honor to sing with them in the choir of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
Thank you for your service, and may the winds blow always at your back.
Thanks are due to the Thursday Evening Fencing Group (my title, not theirs) with whom I can work out the details of combat situations involving swords, daggers, polearms, crossbows, and so on. Access to the library at New World Arbalest was, and will continue to be, a great advantage to these books.
Thanks are also due to the community forming at the Paksworld blog, source of new alpha readers who were very helpful in pointing out problems with the first draft—and to existing alpha readers whose experience and ability to articulate what was wrong materially improved the book, especially David Watson and Karen Shull.
Once again, and every time, thanks are due my agent, Joshua Bilmes, my editor, Betsy Mitchell, and the “crew” at Del Rey for their fine work and their ability to keep me on track.
Errors, as always, are my responsibility.
Fox Company (was Kieri Phelan’s mercenary company)
, commander, Lord of the North Marches
, junior captain of first cohort
, senior sergeant of first cohort
, junior sergeant of first cohort
, corporal of first cohort
, captain of second (short-sword) cohort
Tsaia: senior noble families
Mikeli Vostan Kieriel Mahieran
, king of Tsaia
, his younger brother
, Duke Mahieran, king’s uncle
, a younger son and Duke Verrakia’s squire
, Duke Marrakai
, his daughter and Duke Verrakai’s squire
, Duke Serrostin
, youngest son and Duke Verrakai’s squire
, Duke Verrakai, formerly a senior captain in Phelan’s company, now Constable for kingdom
, new Marshal-Judicar of Tsaia (interprets Code of Gird for Tsaia)
, Marshal-General of Gird (commands entire Company of Gird)
, king, former mercenary commander and duke in Tsaia
, Aliam Halveric’s older brother, vocal member of Council
, commands Halveric Company, Kieri Phelan’s mentor and friend
, his wife
, senior King’s Squire
, half-elf King’s Squire
, Kieri Phelan’s tutor in elven magic
, the Lady of the Ladysforest, elven ruler of this elvenhome kingdom, Kieri’s grandmother
, Arian’s father
, his daughter
, younger son
, king’s brother, traitor
, Count of Andressat
Alured the Black
, former pirate, self-styled Duke of Immer, taking new name “Visla Vaskronin”
, Arcolin’s banker in Valdaire
, Vérella Thieves’ Guild
, kteknik gnome and Arvid’s companion