|Paksenarrion by Mandy Tsung|
This is from Elizabeth Moon's, The Deed of Paksenarrion, published first in 1988, though split into three novels. The story details the heroics of one Paksenarrion, a former sheep farmer's daughter, and paladin. I will be reviewing this novel forthwith, but here is a taste of some of what this novel has to offer.
At the first instance, Paks is at the nadir of her relatively short life. After having survived a number of harrowing challenges, and becoming known throughout the realm for her bravery, skill as a swords woman, and downright goodness, she has lost her way. A variety of poorly healed wounds, and psychological damage have crippled her. Lost, homeless, and starving, she finds herself at the glade of a Kuakgannir, a servant of mother nature. He heals her, but doubts remain, will her pyschic wounds forever ban her from fighting for the cause of good?