Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon, a Texas native, is a Marine Corps veteran with degrees in history and biology. She began writing stories in childhood but did not make her first fiction sale until age forty. She has published twenty-three novels, including Nebula Award winner The Speed of Dark, Hugo Award finalist Remnant Population, three short-fiction collections including Moon Flights in 2007, and over thirty short-fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines.

In non-writing hours, she enjoys nature photography, gardening, cooking, Renaissance style fencing, messing about with horses, and music, including singing in a church choir. And wasting time online, of course…

Find Elizabeth on her website, or follow her on Twitter @emoontx.

Bibliography

  • Nebula Award Winner

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    The Speed of Dark
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  • Hugo Award Finalist

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    Remnant Population
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    The Planet Pirates
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  • Compton Crook Award Winner

    Paksenarrion Novels
    The Deed of Paksenarrion
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  • Paksenarrion Novels
    The Legacy of Gird
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  • Collections
    Deeds of Honor
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  • Collections
    Moon Flights
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  • Collections
    Phases
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  • Collections
    Lunar Activity
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  • Vatta’s War Series
    Trading in Danger (#1)
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  • Vatta’s War Series
    Marque and Reprisal (#2)
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  • Vatta’s War Series
    Engaging the Enemy (#3)
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  • Vatta’s War Series
    Command Decision (#4)
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  • Vatta’s War Series
    Victory Conditions (#5)
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  • Vatta’s Peace Series
    Cold Welcome (#1)
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  • Vatta’s Peace Series
    Into the Fire (#2)
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  • Paladin’s Legacy Series
    Oath of Fealty (#1)
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  • Paladin’s Legacy Series
    Kings of the North (#2)
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  • Paladin’s Legacy Series
    Echoes of Betrayal (#3)
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  • Paladin’s Legacy Series
    Limits of Power (#4)
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  • Paladin’s Legacy Series
    Crown of Renewal (#5)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Hunting Party (#1)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Sporting Chance (#2)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Winning Colors (#3)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Once a Hero (#4)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Rules of Engagement (#5)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Change of Command (#6)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Against the Odds (#7)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    Herris Serrano (Volume 1)
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  • The Serrano Legacy Series
    The Serrano Connection (Volume 2)
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    The Serrano Succession (Volume 3)
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Reviews

Standalone

The Speed of Dark
“Inevitably, THE SPEED OF DARK has been compared to Daniel Keyes’ classic and tragic Flowers for Algernon, in which a mentally disabled young man is medically enhanced to become a genius. THE SPEED OF DARK may be an even greater book […] it is [a] subtle, eerily nuanced character portrait of a man who is both unforgettable and unlike anyone else in fiction […] The end of THE SPEED OF DARK is not unexpected, but it is marvelous all the same, and exceptionally moving in its balance of loss and wonder [...] It is a measure of Elizabeth Moon’s genius that she enables a reader to thoroughly experience the world through Lou’s tangled but exhilarating neurology, and wonder what we “normal” people are missing when we don’t acknowledge our connection to those who seem so different from us. A lot of novels promise to change the way a reader sees the world; THE SPEED OF DARK actually does.”

The Washington Post

“This poignant work, which won the 2004 Nebula prize for respected science-fiction author Elizabeth Moon […] will leave a deep impression upon the reader. The pages will make you hold your breath until the very last line.”

Associated Press (France)

“For those of you who are a bit shy of hardcore SF, one of your best bets is Elizabeth Moon. She’s been writing great science fiction for years […] a highly sensitive treatment of the world of an autistic man set in the not too distant future […] For people with autism, the world can be a very scary place, and Moon documents poignantly their battle to interact with a world of shapes, sounds and feelings that are strangers to them.”

The Times of London

“A stunner. Not just for parents and friends of autistic individuals, not just for sf fans — THE SPEED OF DARK makes me remember why I love Moon for her ability to immerse me in the thought processes of a sympathetic, transparent protagonist.”

The AV Club

“A touching account. Well-written, intelligent, quite moving. Moon places the reader inside the world of an autistic and unflinchingly conveys the authenticity of his situation.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Not only is the title superb, but this novel proves to be both simple and moving, a rarity…”

Magazine Litteraire (France), Starred Review

“A powerful, thought-provoking story of soul searching that provides insight into outsiders.”

Library Journal, 12 Titles for Autism Awareness Month

Remnant Population
“Ofelia is one of the most probable heroes science fiction has yet known. This is a book full of pleasure.”

Ursula K. LeGuin

“Moon does a splendid job of bringing her characters to life. Ofelia is as likeable as she is cantankerous, and the aliens are vividly imagined. Themes of independence and the value of wisdom form the backbone of this well-written, original novel.”

Publishers Weekly

“The vibrant description, and the quirky aliens and humans will keep readers engrossed in the story. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Moon succeeds in making her People alien but not alienating, and noble without cloying sentiment. REMNANT POPULATION may move slowly for some readers’ tastes, but those who keep the pace will be rewarded with a gratifying conclusion to a thoughtful narrative.”

Starlog

“Moon produces a fascinating adventure of interspecies contact that includes the occasional masterfully rendered peek into the alien’s unique mindset. Enthusiasts for alien anthropology as well as Moon’s many fans should enjoy, enjoy.”

Booklist

“A satisfying story with a winning heroine.”

Herald Sunday

The Planet Pirates

Paksenarrion Novels

The Deed of Paksenarrion
“The entire narrative contains in various degrees, superb writing, a sound and gritty knowledge of military life and action, and a psychological/ethical substratum of enviable intricacy and depth.”

Thrust

“A superlative fantasy trilogy.”

Booklist

“THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION just simply worked on every level a story should work: believable characters, consistency in the world shown in the story, and strong narrative pull, among others. It stands out not just because it is a Military Fantasy written by a woman about a woman protagonist, but mainly because it is a terrific and engaging story.”

SF Signal

“Elizabeth Moon has created a true hero […] The three books of THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION can only make us hope to see more from Elizabeth Moon.”

The News of Salem

“One of the absolute classics of military fantasy. A masterful blend of the reality of military life with the magic and worldbuilding of the best fantasy. Paksennarion is one of the greatest military fantasy characters of all time. Captures the essence of what it’s like to be a soldier and makes you feel like you’re part of the unit.”

Michael Mammay Col. (retired), author of Planetside

“This is the first work of high heroic fantasy I’ve seen that has taken the work of Tolkien, assimilated it totally and deeply and absolutely, and produced something altogether new […] This is the real thing. Worldbuilding in the grand tradition, background thought out to the last detail […] Her military knowledge is impressive, her picture of life in a mercenary company most convincing. Bravo!”

Judith Tarr

The Legacy of Gird
“A massive and brilliant book, with Moon’s unsurpassed military and historical expertise very much to the fore. Close behind it is her concern with ethics, which elevates her characterization as far above the fantasy average as her worldbuilding […] a model of how to write historically informed fantasy.”

Chicago Sun Times

“A detailed look into a fantasy medieval culture as seen from the peasant’s point of view […] A wonderful prequel and lead into the author’s trilogy, THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION.”

VOYA

“Fans of THE DEED OF PAKSENARRION have been waiting for this book, but newcomers to Moon’s vision should not fear jumping right in […] I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.”

Quantum

Collections

Deeds of Honor
“DEEDS OF HONOR shows a writer who is best known for larger tales, show an equally adept skill at shorter tales […] I can only finish this review with a strong recommendation.”

SFFWorld

Moon Flights
“[A] rich collection. Readers who only know Moon’s novels will be thrilled to learn that her short stories are equally entertaining and thoughtful.”

Publishers Weekly

“MOON FLIGHTS [is a] rediscovery of a writer who has firmly established herself as a first-rate teller of tales. Even in the confines of very traditional story-forms, Elizabeth Moon is a writer who always has a point to make, and who is able to make her points with dramatic action, slyly humorous observations, and a sense of style.”

SF Site

“[An] excellent collection, which demonstrates Moon’s wide reach and assured grasp. It’s a delight to surrender to the pull of this Moon. She deserves all her success – and more.”

SF Weekly/SciFi.com

“Particularly diverse – military sf to thoughtful character studies, deadly seriousness to whimsical humor. The fantasies are generally very lightweight, but some of the other stories are major works.”

Critical Mass

Phases
“A boon […] Moon enjoys her life as a writer and it shows. She brings her own personal slant to a wide variety of settings and ‘what ifs’ and does so very well.”

Kliatt

Lunar Activity
“The collection is worth seeking out.”

Aboriginal Science Fiction

Vatta’s War Series

Trading in Danger (#1)
“Absorbing, fairly low-key complications and agreeable character development: an auspicious series opener.”

Kirkus

“Moon launches a new military sf series featuring a resilient heroine whose courage is equalled only by her personal integrity. Bound to appeal to fans of David Weber’s “Honor Harrington” series, this sf adventure is filled with fast-paced action and well-conceived characters. A good addition to most libraries.”

Library Journal

“Moon’s reputation as one of the best female sci-fi writers will be enhanced by TRADING IN DANGER. Witty and well-intentioned yet a bit boneheaded, Ky is a heroine well-suited to the bumpy ride Moon takes her on. A mix of space opera, military science fiction and human drama, this is an exciting and often touching novel.”

RT Book Reviews

“Vatta is an appealing heroine, and Moon is a skilled writer, so TRADING IN DANGER is likely to be the first in an open-ended series, similar to Lois McMaster Bujold’s successful Miles Naismith Vorkosigan string of books. There’s nothing too deep here, but it’s a lot of fun, and a fast, entertaining read.”

Contra Costa Times

“A superior novel, and if there is any justice it will bring Elizabeth Moon the praise and popularity she deserves.”

SciFi.com

“The plot is engaging, unpredictable and mostly quick-moving […] TRADING IN DANGER is a quick and easy read for when you’re in the mood for some non-challenging science fiction.”

Fantasy Literature

Marque and Reprisal (#2)
“Excellent plotting and characters support the utterly realistic action sequences: swift, jolting, confusing, and merciless. It’s a corker!”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Kylara Vatta lets loose in this rip-roaring sequel. The charm lies in Moon’s deft characterizations, especially the exorcism of Ky’s guilt over her family’s deaths. There’s plenty of shipboard and dockside action, plus authentically grungy space-station settings. Former Marine Moon has a genuine hoorah series going for her.”

Publishers Weekly

“The universe of the Vattas is freshly imagined and abundant in believable detail and exotic possibility. Successfully combining several science fiction subgenres, this title will delight many types of readers.”

Library Journal

“I can’t say when I’ve enjoyed a book more than Elizabeth Moon’s MARQUE AND REPRISAL. I look forward to volume three of a series that promises to be the female version of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan novels.”

Contra Costa Times

“A roller coaster ride of combat and intrigue. Fast-moving action set in a classic space-opera universe, with plenty of plot surprises and a likeably tough heroine. The final space battle is as good as I’ve seen.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction

“Clever plotting and surprises galore. Heavy on human drama, this is space opera of the highest order. Moon combines elements of military SF, mystery and soap opera to produce a tale that space aficianados and non-SF readers alike will enjoy.”

RT Book Reviews

Engaging the Enemy (#3)
“Moon’s third novel […] excels in character development as well asin its fast-paced action sequences and intricate plotting. A solid purchase, along with its predecessors for most SF or YA collections.”

Library Journal

“Moon isn’t simply writing an epic space battle. As in C.J. Cherryh’s Chanur saga, the author involves the reader in the interesting nuts and bolts of operating a commercial effort and the ins and outs of assembling a starship crew. It’s those touches that no only make the characters more believable, but place this series above others in the genre.”

Starlog

“Continues to get better with every volume […] Fun SF, of the kind that looks disposable but stays in the mind long after the book is closed. Roll on the next one.”

The Guardian

“We’ve got intrigue and adventure on several fronts, engaging characters all around, and by the way, a touch of romance. It’s fine space opera and plenty of fun to ride along with. If you miss Mile Vorkosigan’s younger adventures, which I do, you need go no further than Ky Vatta’s escapades to find a hero worth investing your time in.”

SFRevu

“If you get a buzz from dodging assassins, wheeling and dealing, and zooming around space at FTL speed, then check out the third installment of SF military adventure […] When Ky engages the enemy, Moon does a cracking job of engaging you.”

SFX

Command Decision (#4)
“Strong female leads, terrific action and complications aplenty; should grab existing fans and win new converts.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“The frequent FTL (faster than light) jumps between Ky’s deep-space engagements, Rafe’s reluctant boardroom battles, Grace’s wily machinations and Stella’s expert financial calculations keep the excitement level high.”

Publishers Weekly

“Nebula Award winner Moon handles action and intrigue with equal skill; her characters are varied and believable. With particular appeal for fans of the “Honor Harrington” series and dynastic sf, this novel is recommended, along with series predecessors, for most sf collections.”

Library Journal

“One of scifi’s best military space series. The Serrano Legacy showed that Nebula Award winner Elizabeth Moon was a military SF writer to reckon with. Her more recent Vatta’s War series, a skillful blend of military SF with hard SF, the family saga and space opera, confirms Moon’s place with Lois McMaster Bujold and David Weber in the top tier of turn-of-the-millennium military SF writers.”

Scifi.com

“A gripping series for those of us who enjoy yarns about ‘coming of age in space opera.'”

SFRevu

Victory Conditions (#5)
“Rip-roaring action and intriguing science and tactics distinguish Nebula-winner Moon’s fifth and final Vatta’s War installment […] This epic volume is a fine and fitting conclusion to Moon’s grand space opera tour de force.”

Publishers Weekly

“Moon handles everything from full-scale space battles to intimate social and political interactions with the skill of a master storyteller. Strong characterizations, subtle humor, and a feel for military SF make this dynastic space opera a strong addition for all sf collection.”

Library Journal

“Fast-paced, intelligent, and witty. Action sf doesn’t get much better than this, and though this series is done, let us hope to see Kylara and Rafe again.”

Booklist

“Moon’s Vatta’s War series is solid proof that space opera is enjoying a healthy renaissance. And fans awaiting a satisfying climactic crescendo needn’t worry. The best space opera scibes provide adrenaline jolts through a combination of sharp action and characters who wade with both feet into the reader’s imagination. You can add Moon’s name to such seminal writers as C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold and David Weber.”

Starlog

“Elizabeth Moon has progressed rapidly and steadily upward in my estimation. This series has been consistently good and doesn’t let up a bit.”

Critical Mass

“Victory Conditions is a great end to a series that stands well besides both Bujold’s early Miles Vorkosigan novels and Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy.”

SFRevu

Vatta’s Peace Series

Cold Welcome (#1)
“Once again, Moon’s great strength is her characters, particularly the soldiers and how they comport themselves when under great stress.”

Kirkus

“Abounding with a new set of piratical baddies, ramped-up military slang, assorted betrayals, and echoes of Shackleton’s incredible cold-weather trek, this lengthy space opera alternates among Ky in the planet’s coldest regions and a spooky tunnel environment, Aunt Grace’s political and economic machinations in the planetary capital, and Rafe’s paramilitary derring-do, all typical though flamboyant elements of Moon’s sci-fi mystery-action saga.”

Publishers Weekly

“A tensely told story of survival against the odds, as Vatta battles against the natural elements, a quarry that wants her dead and a traitor in her midst. Nebula award-winning Moon excels at depicting an independent leader of men and women who is open to doubt and soul-searching.”

The Guardian

“A gripping page-turner with enough twists and turns to satisfy even the most hardened sf reader, this is a great return to the tales of the Vatta family.”

Booklist

“A rousing adventure of survival, betrayal, and some fascinating new discoveries.”

Locus Online

“The action heats up on all fronts at the same time and the story clips along at a pace that keeps the reader flipping pages at a rapid pace.”

Reading Reality, 4 out of 5 stars

“Like much of Elizabeth Moon’s fiction, the characters shine. One of Moon’s strongest qualities is her ability to depict extremely tense situations with relative realism; these are smart, strong-willed people who are sometimes at odds with each other.”

SFFWorld

Into the Fire (#2)
“Moon’s powerful female characters send the unmistakable message that whatever men try to do, these women can do much, much better.”

Publishers Weekly

“Moon satisfies again with the second book in the Vatta’s Peace series, INTO THE FIRE.”

RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“The strongest characters in this sequel to COLD WELCOME are, refreshingly, the women, especially the matriarchal Vatta family members who act decisively in the most dangers situations. Verdict: Longtime fans of Moon’s Vatta’s War series will delight at the return of familiar characters and in seeing how threads are woven in from previous books.”

Library Journal

“Once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down, but readers of Vatta’s War and other Elizabeth Moon titles hardly need to be told that.”

SFRevu

“It’s quite an adventure, with an impressive big final battle…”

Locus

Paladin’s Legacy Series

Oath of Fealty (#1)
“A must-read […] thoroughly entertaining.”

RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, a top pick

“A triumphant return to the fantasy world she created […] no one writes fantasy quite like Moon.”

Miami Herald

“The long-awaited new entry in Moon’s masterful Paksenarrion series is all killer, no filler […] heroic fantasy on a fascinatingly quotidian, human scale.”

The AV Club/The Onion, Best of 2010 Runner-up

“Moon’s world-building and strong characterization are on display throughout. Those already familiar with Moon won’t need any further hints from me. Those who haven’t tried her yet are in for a treat.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“The work of an artist and a storyteller. Moon sets up the action and intrigue to sustain an epic trilogy while still having a complete story arc within this volume.”

Fantasy Literature

“Like a shieldmate in the ranks of one of Phelan’s cohorts, OATH OF FEALTY is more than worthy to stand alongside the earlier tales of the Paladin Paksenarrion and her companions, set in a land which ranks alongside Andre Norton’s Witch World and Tolkein’s Middle Earth for invention, deeds of valor and battles of good against evil.”

Jack Campbell, The New York Times bestselling author of the Lost Fleet series

Kings of the North (#2)
“A healthy dose of action.”

Kirkus

“Action a-plenty, but this series most appeals to readers who enjoy their fantasy more thoughtful and intellectual.”

Publishers Weekly

“Moon’s novels of Paksenarrion have been considered classics since they were first published more than two decades ago. Her storytelling is as electrifying as ever, and her readers should be delighted with this new vista of a well-known world.”

Booklist

“Moon’s fantasy world is enriched by the author’s personal experience […] gives her work a depth of detail that many other writers lack.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“Close attention to military detail gives the action convincing intensity […] a fiery clash of armies, love and magic that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the conclusion.”

Newark Star Ledger

“A must read […] high recommendation […] Moon does terrific things.”

SFFWorld

Echoes of Betrayal (#3)
“Rousing action and intriguing plot twists […] very much in the established Tolkien epic fantasy tradition […] [Moon’s] an old hand at the genre, and she knows how to deliver its most potent elements. Readers hungry for more dragons, elves, mages and gnomes will find exactly what they’re looking for.”

Kirkus

“Every crisis solved reveals two larger ones, and the intriguing characters must frantically build strength and courage to survive.”

Publishers Weekly

“The battle scenes are full of action, and the characters are likable.”

Booklist

“Moon’s military acumen ensures convincing battle scenes while her talent for character building makes for sympathetic and believable heroes and villains.”

Library Journal

“[Moon] knows how to build tension, how to deliver a convincing combat scene (whether individual or set battle) and her awareness of day-to-day life in pre-modern society gives her fiction a layer of realism one wishes more fantasy writers would aspire to. And she has a deep concern with the moral issues created in her world, one that gives her characters a seriousness many of the successors to Tolkien have been unable—or unwilling—to bring to their writings.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

“ECHOES OF BETRAYAL was thoroughly enjoyable […] With each book of Elizabeth Moon’s that I read, she climbs higher on my list of authors whose really work for me and is must read.”

SFFWorld

“Totally hooked and anxious for more. Highly recommended!”

Bookloons

Limits of Power (#4)
“Moon’s fourth fantasy novel set in the Eight Kingdoms is thoughtful and deeply character driven, full of personal crises as heartbreaking and hopeful as any dramatic invasion […] here are plots within plots, but the complex story is never confusing. Fantasy fans will be delighted by this impressive foray.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“[Moon’s] great strength lies in the patient accumulation of telling detail, yielding an extraordinarily rich picture of the world’s politics, philosophy, military structure, history, magic and alien cultures, where men and women stand as equals even in force of arms.”

Kirkus

“Moon’s series contains all the elements expected of epic fantasy: big battles, magic and liminal realities and eucatastrophe, other races and cultural change, long views of time, tragedy both sharp and lingering as well as moments of joy and laughter. If the reader has a taste for good versus evil, and a keelson of human decency supporting the structure, then Moon’s series should appeal.”

SF Site

“One of Moon’s greatest strengths is her ability to build up tension and conflict between characters […] I am both pleased with how Moon is driving the characters and plot and look forward to seeing how it is all resolved. Readers who are checking the review to see how the series is progressing: it is moving along nicely, so go back to the beginning and get caught up with the series.”

SFFWorld

Crown of Renewal (#5)
“Moon offers convincingly realized characters persuasively shaped by the extraordinary richness, depth and texture of the world they inhabit and the low-key yet knotty problems they must confront. So mesmerizing is the narrative that it’s a sad surprise having to emerge into the mundane world at story’s end. While fully satisfying, this conclusion leaves ample scope for further embellishment or spinoffs: excellent news for all concerned. Such is the allure of an extremely talented writer at the height of her powers.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Far more cerebral than action-focused, with layered plots tying up most of the threads among the main characters […] the conclusions are satisfying and almost meditative amid multiple new beginnings.”

Publishers Weekly

“The depth of each character’s emotions and the continued intricacy of the political, social, and magical interactions show the author’s writing power. This book will please those who are familiar with Paksenarrion the Paladin but will still leave readers hoping for more.”

Booklist

“The work [stands] on its own, and while CROWN OF RENEWAL may be the final book in this particular series, there is clearly still room in its world for more stories. The fifth and final novel in the Paladin’s Legacy series, this work resolves long-standing issues in a suitably dramatic manner that should satisfy readers new to the series and those who have followed it from the beginning.”

RT Book Reviews

“CROWN OF RENEWAL (and the five books which comprise Paladin’s Legacy) proved once again that Elizabeth Moon provides me with novels I enjoy and find satisfying from character and (mostly) plot perspective. In other words, throughout, I found this to be a dependable Fantasy series that delivered an immersive and enjoyable reading experience […] Paladin’s Legacy is series of long, ultimately rewarding and enjoyable novels. Recommended.”

SFFWorld

The Serrano Legacy Series

Hunting Party (#1)
“Space opera meets P.G. Wodehouse in Elizabeth Moon’s HUNTING PARTY, a highly entertaining adventure […] Something for everybody here […] plenty of onboard skirmishes and ground conflict to keep things thrilling.”

Locus

“A spirited space opera that shuns the macho cliches that infest the genre […] Anyone looking for entertainment that’s light without being mindless should love this one.”

Starlog

Winning Colors (#3)
“Once again Elizabeth Moon has crafted a fine, rousing piece of space opera […] WINNING COLORS is a prize worth taking home.”

Starlog

Once a Hero (#4)
“Over the last decade, Moon has established herself as one of the best-known and most acclaimed writers of SF adventure […] A satisfying read, full of the finely detailed settings and excitement that Moon’s readers have come to expect, and featuring a heroine whose self-doubts and inner strength lend her considerable appeal.”

Publishers Weekly

“Elizabeth Moon succeeds wonderfully […] ONCE A HERO is more than a good read, with excellent world building and appealing characters. It’s a step into a better future for our world.”

Science Fiction Age

“Moon’s dazzling Heris Serrano series related events in a fascinating interstellar milieu […] Moon’s master of contemporary science fiction is evident in every line. the characters spring to life on the page, the intricacies of societies are astutely explored, and the pace never flags. She even achieves the seemingly impossible by deftly making naval maintenance and logistics the stuff of riveting fiction. A replendent addition to Moon’s already impressive catalog.”

Booklist

“Moon involves her readers with the extremely likeable Esmay and her problems quickly. The story’s solid hardware aspect never overshadows the human element, but remains an integral part of the tale. There’s also enough deftly inserted social detail to show that there’s a world beyond Esmay’s concerns [...] [An] engrossing book.”

Starlog

“An interesting and complex SF/military novel […] exciting and fast-paced.”

Kliatt

“If you have not yet discovered the joys of reading Elizabeth Moon, now is definately the time to do so […] Esmay Suiza stands out as a splendidly enduring character who takes on a wonderful life of her own, hopefully to be seen in many a new adventure.”

RT Book Reviews

“Exciting […] an independent military sf novel in which an underappreciated young woman’s talents save the day.”

Locus

Rules of Engagement (#5)
“Great female characters, vigorous plotting, a solid military-family backdrop.”

Kirkus

“Intensely lively characters, inspired detail and smart pacing ensure this novel will win readers’ interest.”

Publishers Weekly

“This fast-paced yarn just sucks you in with irresistible force.”

Booklist

“Proof that the best space opera is being written by women […] Moon lets excellent characterizations carry this story along, and she knows how to write a sequel without requiring the reader to backtrack.”

Starlog

“Fun, emotionally charged, entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking to boot.”

Locus

“Fans of Esmay Suiza, the main character of ONCE A HERO, will be delighted […] [Moon] engages all our emotions with vibrant characterization and spellbinding plotting.”

RT Book Reviews

Change of Command (#6)
“Political intrigue, mutiny in space and ideological battles of war and weapons lend variety to this fast-moving space opera set in the distant future.”

Library Journal

“Fans will relish the clever intrigue, the outstanding characterization and a perfectly applied dash of humor.”

RT Book Reviews

“Recommended […] I enjoyed the book as I enjoyed her earlier ones so I would recommend it if you like military SF and especially if you like it set in such a detailed and broad canvas.”

SFcrowsnest

Against the Odds (#7)
“Fans of Moon’s series will find the number of returning characters and plot threads satisfying complex […] Moon’s description of a deeply layered political and military culture provides an engaging touchstone for the far-flung skirmishes taking place therein […] SF readers will delight in the twisting, thorny adventure in the compelling continuation to this popular series.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fans of David Weber’s “Honor Harrington” series will appreciate Moon’s space opera of high politics and military adventure.”

Library Journal

“A fun fast-paced mix of space and soap opera.”

Locus

“A triumphant coda.”

Booklist

Awards & Accolades

Standalone

The Speed of Dark
USA

Arthur C. Clarke Prize Finalist: “Best Novel”

Remnant Population
USA

Nebula Award Preliminary Ballot

USA

Locus Bestseller List & New and Recommended

USA

Science Fiction Book Club selection

The Planet Pirates
USA

Among the top-selling titles in Baen history with over 700,000 copies in print, close to 500,000 sold

USA

Top-ten nationwide bestseller at B. Dalton and Waldenbooks

Paksenarrion Novels

The Deed of Paksenarrion
USA

New York Times Bestseller List

USA

Winner Compton Crook Award: “Best First Novel”

USA

Reedsy: “100 Fantasy Books of All Time”

The Legacy of Gird
USA

#3 Waldenbooks Bestseller List

Collections

Moon Flights
Phases
USA

Locus: “New and Recommended”

Vatta’s War Series

Trading in Danger (#1)
USA

#3 Locus Paperback Bestseller List

Marque and Reprisal (#2)
USA

#2 Locus Paperback Bestseller List

Engaging the Enemy (#3)
USA

#29 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List

USA

#7 Locus Hardcover Bestseller List

USA

#5 Locus Mass Market Bestseller List

United Kingdom

Waterstone’s Bookstores: “Top 10 SF books of 2006”

Command Decision (#4)
USA

#31 New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List

USA

#5 Locus Hardcover and Mass Market Bestseller Lists

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