MOTTMBS: The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Expect weekend updates, until I get this darn thing caught up. Today's book is The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to include this book. I had mixed feelings about the ending, and it got downright preachy at times -- which is weird for a book with a fictional religion. However, I'm including it as I do think it's a good read for D&D DMs. Deed does the paladin thing quite well. Which is what sold me on the book. Anyone who knows me knows I have a soft spot for paladins. (No, I don't know why -- kind of funny to have an agnostic nerd who, if she wasn't orc fodder, would probably be a wizard or an alchemist if tossed into a D&D-based world.)
Deed isn't properly a D&D novel, but the world does map pretty well to the basic D&D book. As in, I could whip out my Player's Handbook, and probably run a game in the world with only a bit of work. Magic feels a lot like they just took the wizard, cleric, druid and paladin and put them in. The races are humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes, (halflings still belong to the Tolkien estate) and orcs. It feels a bit old-school to my 3rd edition sensibilities, but it's still D&D-esque.
But, yeah, my soft spot for paladins. Moon actually went through and put some thought into 'so, D&D has these holy orders of religious knights -- what does it take for them to actually do it'. Granted, I think Chalion handled fantasy gods better, but this puts more focus on a person who served the gods.
(I'd love to know if Elizabeth Moon permitted fanfiction. I've never seen her name on one of those lists of authors that ban fanfic, and I really think that Paks's further adventures would be interesting to read about. It could be that it's just a fixer-upper, which makes me want fic)