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Oath of Gold, by Elizabeth Moon

This is the third and last book of The Deed of Paksenarrion. It’s revealed that Paks has been crushed and driven into the dirt just to show how strong-willed and awesome she is in climbing out. She doesn’t just have talent and barbarian strength—she can make it without those. She isn’t just a Paladin chosen by the church—God picked her out personally and she can make it without the church, even over their opposition. It’s a nicely resonant ending to the trilogy. Sheepfarmer’s Daughter stands alone, but this book justifies Divided Alleigiance.

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