Echoes of Betrayal
By Elizabeth Moon
Narrated by Jennifer VanDyck
I am always in for an Elizabeth Moon book, especially in the Pakesenarion series, so this was a real treat for me.
I read the first 3 book series many years ago, so when I found out that Elizabeth had written 3 more from the same realm after such a long hiatus, I was so excited to give them a try.
I love that she has taken supporting characters from the original series and expanded on their stories.
In particular I really enjoyed learning about Dorrin, and following her story as she takes over the Verrakai family and battles to destroy the last of the evil Magelords that have given her bloodline a bad reputation.
As an unmarried woman, and previous mercenary with new-found forbidden magic, she fights to dissolve the fear and prejudices that surround her, and prove her loyalty to the crown.
While young King Mikeli fights to keep his kingdom’s peace as doubts are raised about his lineage and claim to the throne when magic is found in his cousin Becklan.
We see more of King Kieri, including his struggles with elves and the suspicious behaviour of the Lady of the Ladysforest. His wedding to half-elven Arian, war with Pargon, and warnings from the spirits of his ancestors of treachery yet to come.
As usual, Elizabeth’s story telling combined with Jennifer VanDyck’s talented and compelling narration combine for the perfect mix in audio books.
Great characters, surmounting terrific and sometimes terrifying challenges, all delivered through superb narration. Everything you could want and more.