deed of paksenarrion

There is so much underrated or unknown awesome stuff...

…that Tumblr would LOVE but doesn’t seem to know much about??

Looking for a book about a woman knight, who has no romance, but friends and allies, and is so strong, but deep and flawed? A story with a female author who gets her military descriptions in the book from having spent actual time in the military?

I present to you: The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

Or maybe you want a comic about a girl in a fantasy would where countries float in the sky, whose father dies and it is up to her to save her country from her evil uncle? One of the only comics of this company who got a finished storyline. Oh, and yeah, she’s got a guy back home, but is super busy making friends with a lady rogue and saving entire populations.

This is it: “Meridian” of CrossGen Comics by Barbara Kesel

Or maybe you like more traditional fairytales, but with a femenist twist to it? How about a Cinderella story (as a visual novel game)where you can pick one of three romances (or none!), and pick how you get yourself to the ball, and get to pick your own happy ending?

You can get it on Steam: It’s called Cinders by Moacube.

Or if you are the more elemental fantasy type! Earth, water, fire, air! (like Avatar:TLA) You want female friendships? More women warriors? A nation of queens? Women in love, and battle, and helping each other, and hiding street kids, and saving people?

I present: The Oran Trilogy by Midori Snyder

OR OR OR if you are really more of a dystopian reader. Science fiction, the end of our world is long past! You like animals and talking cats! A world where powers are suspicious and the people that have them are called Misfits!

Bingo: The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

There is so much more, and I want Tumblr to get to know it. Bring in more people to these fandoms! Spread the word! Especially if the Tamora Pierce books or Hunger games or Legend of Korra interest you.

Peace :D

Book List

Books that have been recommended to me so far:

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
  • The Discovery of Witches trilogy by Deborah Harkness 
  • The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan 
  • After River by Donna Milner
  • My Vintage Summer by Jane Elmor
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • The Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 
  • Honor Harrington series by David Weber
  • The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
  • The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Camille trilogy by Pierre Lemaitre 
    • read in order: Irene, Alex, Camille
  • The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • The Fitz and the Fool trilogy by Robin Hobb
  • Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman (6 books)
  • The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima (3 books)
  • Struck series by Joss Stirling (3 books)
  • The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
  • The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix

Authors that have been recommended to me so far:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Christopher Moore
  • Naomi Novik
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Garth Nix (short stories)

Please feel free to send me more book recs :)

It’s a Kuakgan’s craft to learn the nature of all creatures: trees and grass as well as birds, beasts, and bees. When you know what something is–what its nature is–how it fits into the web of life–you can then begin to speak its language. It’s a slow craft; living things are various, and each one is different…Mages! That’s different…A mage, now, wants power for himself. If he speaks to an animal, it’s for his own purposes. Kuakkgani–we learn their languages because we love them: the creatures. Love them as they are, and for what they were made. When I speak to the owl that nests in that ash”–he nodded to the window–“it is not to make use of him, but to greet him. Of course, I must admit we do get some power from it. We can ask them things, we know their nature. But we are the ones who serve all created things without wanting to change them.
—  Master Oakhallow, Oath of Gold Ch 1, The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Short List of YA Lit with Asexual/Aromantic Characters

14/ from my asexual character series!

Paks, from The Deed of Paksenarrion! I only actually read the first book in the trilogy, because I liked it…but it’s rather long and tedious to read tbh. She’s definitely aro ace though.

NAME: Jaime
GENDER: Ladybits on board
EYE COLOUR: Hazel
HAIR COLOR: Implausibly red
RELATIONSHIP:  Cherished
ZODIAC: Capricorn/Aquarius cusp

FAVOURITE COLOUR: Dark Grey, a pewter-ish shade
FAVOURITE SEASON: Fall
FAVOURITE FLOWER: Honeysuckle/Gardenia
FAVOURITE PLACE: New Orleans
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY: Christmas
FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME: I am a huge MMO nerd, so I’d probably say FF 14 or WoW since I played for so long. Single player stuff, I adore all the Dragon Age games, The Mass Effect series (though the last installment was not my fave tbh) and Fallout (particularly the latest one).
FAVOURITE BOOK: This is almost impossible xD But top 3 fiction novels are probably The Deed of Paksenarrion, Silence of the Lambs and Ender’s Game.
LAST SHOW YOU WATCHED: Stranger Things S2, Ep 3

WHAT’S YOUR HONEST OPINION ABOUT YOUR MUSE?: I am way too attached probably xD but I just really love his complexity of character, the fact that he’s flawed, and knows it, and also acknowledges how difficult it will be to progress beyond what he’s endured. But he keeps trying, never considers giving up on life, despite the fact that its mostly gifted him with pain. It sounds odd, but I like the fact that I am somewhat limited in the way I can respond to many overtures– he simply is not very approachable initially. But if you cultivate him, spend time earning his trust, he is the most loyal, devoted friend or lover a person could hope to have.

WOULD YOU DATE YOUR MUSE?: Probably not, due to some experiences of my own. I mean I know he’s redeemable with effort, and that the effort is well worth it, but personally? I’ve invested way too much of myself into people who never live up to the promise. (which sounds super depressing, sorry xD let me take this opportunity to assure you that I am in an awesome relationship now and I am very happy <3)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE KINDS OF THREADS?: Usually plotted, those within an arc that have a pre-determined path of ouch to follow. But– I will say random meme threads have turned into some amazing epics as well, and I’ve met some awesome partners that way, so I’m certainly not adverse to spur of the moment threads either.

ARE YOU A SELECTIVE ROLEPLAYER?: Fairly so, yes. My tendency towards novella style/length can keep my volume of replies down. Not sorry, though <3 I love being able to make use of all the words I need to properly illustrate a scene.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSE (IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE)?: This is my only non-private current DA muse (I also have a Cousland Warden whom I generally only play with Molly aka @cuervocanto), but I still have a semi-active Khadgar and (currently inactive since the elfmuse is biting) blogs floating around for Loki, Spock, Tony Stark and Bard from Lotr.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE FANDOM?:  I replayed DA2 (for the 3rd time I think?) and was just struck by the muse suddenly and bam, the blog was born. Not sure why he didn’t bite me the first two times around, lol, but I’m not surprised he was as difficult in this as in everything else :P

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF STAYING WITH THE FANDOM FOR A LONG TIME?: I started this blog back in 2015, and the passing of my father sorta knocked me off track for a while. But Fen seems to have returned to me in force, and I have some truly amazing partners to keep me going, so I don’t see myself going elsewhere honestly.

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TAGGED BY: @theharellan and @guardandshield <3<3<3

anonymous asked:

What Are some good "paladin stories"(either books or online stuff)?

The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon is at the top of my list for paladin novels for everyone to read.

tehri  asked:

Book rec (or possibly series rec)... Okay, I am stuck in wishing I had someone to fangirl with, so Imma mention the series The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. It's a fantasy series about a woman named Paksenarrion who runs away from home and joins a mercenary company. Trust me, it's better than it sounds. It has wonderful characters and the plot is awesome. Also! Paks. Is. Ace. PAKS IS ACE.

It’s better than it sounds and it already sounds AMAZING? D.U.D.E. Sign me the heck up.

*boop* TBR. Thank you for the rec, lovely.

So. I write science fiction and fantasy.

And I’ve been talking a fair bit about representation lately. Here’s the latest thoughts.

We still live in a society in which white people, on the whole, have more opportunities than black people. In which men have a very different experience of life than women. And we still live in a society in which homosexuals, bisexuals, trans men and women, asexuals, etc face prejudice and sometimes even violence.

This makes it hard for the writer of contemporary fiction to write about these characters without making the book about the issues they face. Not impossible, but hard. And thus, we end up with “black” fiction or “LGBT” fiction.

The advantage the writer of speculative fiction has is that we can create worlds in which these inequalities don’t exist.

And that allows us the freedom to create different characters and offer different kinds of representation.

Where it might be hard for somebody to believe that a bisexual woman could be, for example, first officer on a US air carrier - put that same bisexual woman as first officer on a starbase, and it becomes much more feasible - because we can say, well, “Things got better in the next few centuries.” And the temptation to make the character “about” her bisexuality becomes much easier to resist. And we end up with Susan Ivanova.

I’m not saying stories about the struggles faced by those not the dominant majority are bad - far from it.

But when it comes to showing young people themselves, especially on the screen, we need to see black women on the bridge of a starship (Uhura) or even commanding it (Diomika Tsing in Jupiter Ascending). We need to see gay men as heroic protagonists in our fantasy, in both worlds in which it’s not okay to be gay (Richard K. Morgan’s A Land Fit For Heroes) and worlds in which it is (Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage).

We need to see asexual women paladins (Paksenarrion in Elizabeth Moon’s Deed of Paksenarrion).

We need to see ourselves being accepted, too, because showing that possibility is what encourages us to fight for acceptance - and also shows the rest of the world that accepting us isn’t, after all, such a bad thing.

All of which means to me that science fiction and fantasy writers have a special responsibility. Too many science fiction and fantasy books show whitewashed and straightwashed worlds. At the very least, we have a responsibility to make a conscious choice to include more women, people of color, and QUILTBAG characters in the background of our worlds. To actually think when building our society about how such people are viewed.

In secondary world fantasy you can do whatever you want. Too often that means a sea of white faces. And in science fiction, we have a responsibility to, unless explicitly writing apocalyptic or dystopian fiction (which does have its place) show the world can be better.

10 Favorite Female Characters

The rules are to list 10 of your favorite female characters from 10 different fandoms, and then tag 10 different people.

Tagged by @techmomma

Tagging: @aislinnmln, @fluttershythekind, @ask-katotter

  • Lina Inverse: The Slayers
  • Imperator Furiosa: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Princess Lise of Rolante: Seiken Densetsu 3
  • Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter: The Deed of Paksenarrion
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax: Discworld
  • Zero: Drakengard 3/Drag-on Dragoon 3
  • Sakura Kinomoto: Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Fate Harlaown Testarossa: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • Samus Aran: Metroid
  • Chinatsu Koramoto: Flying Witch

idescendintomadness  asked:

What do you recommend for someone interested in trying some fantasy?

Valiant by Holly Black!

For a modern take: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

- Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library 

Urban fantasy with a tough guy wizard?  Try Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.

Fun and funny satirical fantasy with amazingly profound and poignant moments?  Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library

Caitlin R. Kiernan for someone interested in urban fantasy.

For someone looking for fantasy with a more traditional sci-fi bent, I’d suggest C.J. Cherryh.

- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market Library

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Not Everyone Feels Free to Question

by Tricia Warren


I think it took me so long to discover my sexual orientation because I grew up in a rural trailer park full of straight white Christians.  Diversity wasn’t a topic of discussion and identities were never questioned.  My mother tried to teach us tolerance in the best way she knew: I was raised on a rudimentary tolerance diet of “black people are just like white people” and “Muslims are just like Christians.”

But never “gay people are just like straight people.”

I was first exposed to the concept of queerness when I was in elementary school, when my mother was watching a daytime talk television show.  One of the women on the show came out to her mother as a lesbian.  The audience reaction made it clear that this was a big deal.  But the thing I remember distinctly is that the mother said she wasn’t sure if she could love her daughter anymore.

The idea of losing my mother’s love terrified me.  I asked my mother why that woman couldn’t love her daughter and if there was any reason why my mother would stop loving me.

Mom said, “I’ll love you no matter what.”  But there was a beat of hesitation, an expression on her face that I couldn’t quite place.

When I was ten years old, I developed a crush on another girl.  I had always been able to talk to my mother about anything, so I came to her with some questions about tingly feelings I was experiencing.

Mom said, “It’s perfectly natural.  All girls start to feel that way about boys.”

All girls start to feel that way about boys—what an innocuous yet soul-crushing statement.

That was when I really started paying attention.  My parents’ homophobia shined through in  how they talked about “the gays,” mom’s jokes about San Francisco, questions about why “those people” couldn’t just keep it to themselves “like everyone else.”  Even if mom’s words said she would love me no matter what, the message I received was that that love could be grudging at best or mixed with ridicule at worst.

So in sixth grade, I picked a boy at random in my band class and decided to have a crush on him.  I watched what my friends did and emulated them out of desperation

Meanwhile, the friend that I had the real crush on moved out of state and the pressing issue disappeared.  For a time.  

My first relationship, in middle school, was a secret girlfriend.  A close friend and I admitted mutual crushes during a sleepover party.  When she broke up with me about two weeks later, stating that she couldn’t be a lesbian, it reminded me that I was skirting the line of possibly losing my mother’s love.  

I could see only one solution: I dropped all of my female friends and even stopped playing sports.

And it worked to quiet the tingly feelings I had toward women.  Instead, after all of my friends were boys, one of my closest friends asked if I wanted to come over to his house and watch a movie.  The kissing was electric.  I decided that maybe I wasn’t a lesbian after all, but eventually we broke up.  I found another guy to be my boyfriend but what happened next scared me: I never liked kissing that boy.  And the feelings for girls didn’t come back either.

I decided that I was just broken.  Everyone else liked kissing, but there I was, kissing my new boyfriends from time to time just to keep up appearances..

In junior high school, I discovered a fantasy series in which the main character, Paksenarrion, was a bold, strong girl.  When she fell in love with a friend, she struggled with the fact that she didn’t want to have sex with him even though he really wanted to.  I grabbed onto this character and held on with both hands because on a deeply instinctive level, I knew that she was like me.  

Maybe I was broken, but at least I wasn’t alone in my brokenness.

In college, even my conservative private school was awash in liberalism.  During freshman orientation, one woman came out to the whole incoming class as queer.  And everyone was cool with it.

After two years of deliberation, I outed myself as bisexual to a select group of friends.  My friends were supportive, and a couple years later, my sister discovered I was bisexual through Facebook and outed me to my mother.  Despite an initial crisis, and even though my mother remains uncomfortable, she still loves me.

But despite all that struggle, I’m not actually bisexual.  Even though I’m romantically attracted to a variety of people, sexual attraction is a thing apart.

I didn’t discover the demisexual orientation until my late twenties, when one of my friends came out as demisexual.  I learned that a demisexual person may be romantically attracted to a variety of people but not sexually attracted unless there is a deep emotional bond, and the presence of sexual attraction with a given person can be hit or miss, even when there is an emotional bond.

I can’t describe my relief at finally finding a word that fit me.  It was like the clouds parted and a ray of sunshine came down from the sky.  I had never looked into asexual orientation.  The asexual spectrum (which includes demisexuality) is essentially invisible.  Before researching demisexuality, my sole exposure to asexuality was one character in one book that I clung to instinctively without even knowing why.

As well as being a panromantic demisexual, I’m also a writer.  I write genre fiction with queer characters.  Not just characters who are gay or lesbian and know it, but characters who are asexual or questioning, characters who don’t feel like they fit on any gender spectrum, characters who struggle to be who they are when the structures around them want them to be someone else.  Because not everyone knows who and what they are and not everyone feels free to question.  If my writing helps one person feel less broken and alone, then I’ll have paid back the great service that The Deed of Paksenarrion did for me when I was younger.

Some people have a problem with female characters who need to be rescued.

A lot of the time, I agree. The damsel in distress is a trope. The damsel is helpless to do anything about her situation until it is fixed for her, from the outside, by a man.

In the true trope, she then promptly falls in love with her rescuer, wedding bells are heard and a happy ending is had.

The problem with these kinds of stories is that they remove all agency from the female character and put it on the male character. In fact, the rescue is not done to further her storyline - it is done to further his.

The reaction, then, is to say you can’t have a female character need rescuing, ever. This is one of the things that leads into the “strong female character” trope. By making the woman the best fighter around, you remove the need to ever rescue her.

Here’s the thing, though? There’s nothing wrong with needing to be rescued.

For example, in Elizabeth Moon’s The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, Paksenarrion has to be rescued. She gets captured by Iynisin - that world’s equivalent of drow - and her friends really do have to rescue her. But anyone who has read those books knows Paks is a long way from being a damsel, rather closer to a strong female character. Additionally, there’s no chance of her falling in love with her rescuer, given she is quite explicitly an aromantic asexual.

A hero, any hero, can get herself into a position where she needs to be rescued, and there’s no shame in that - as many cops, first responders and military people can testify.

The key is that the capture and subsequent need to be rescued should not serve the narrative solely of the rescuers. A character should not be created and exist entirely to be rescued. (literally or metaphorically). If the rescue serves the purpose of advancing the development and storyline of both or all of the characters involved, then it transcends the trope even if you have a man rescuing the woman he loves. Having to be rescued in and of itself does not rob a character of agency.

Take Jupiter Ascending. When Caine rescues Jupiter from marrying Titus, he is, yes, rescuing the beautiful princess he loves from a loveless marriage she has been tricked into. And it’s not the only time he rescues her. There’s a case to be made that Jupiter lacks agency, but every time she gets into a scrape, she learns something. What the complaint really means is that she’s not a strong female character - she’s an ordinary girl who is completely in over her head but who, in the end, makes the right decisions, the ones that protect her family and her world. Jupiter keeps needing to be rescued because she is a fish out of water in galactic society, not because she is a weak vessel, and the story ultimately is hers, not Caine’s. The repeated rescues are not there merely to bolster Caine’s manliness, but rather to show Jupiter’s struggles to work out a world in which she was not raised, one which is corrupt and evil and very much against her.

The takeaway, I think, is that while there is definitely something to be said for avoiding princesses in towers, you don’t need to completely fixate on “a man must never rescue a woman” (Although I love to read stories that subvert the trope). What you need to do is make sure that a man rescuing a woman is not simply done to make the man look good. The problem with the princess in the tower is not that the woman has got herself locked away, it’s that the only reason she exists is to make the male hero look brave and to give him a prize at the end of his journey. And if that’s really all she is, a tool to make a man a hero, then she’s a sexy lamp.

tl;dr - nothing wrong with having your female characters need to be rescued from something every now and then, something wrong if that’s the only reason they exist.

heroofbagels replied to your post:GUESS WHO COULDN’T WAIT AND FINISHED BOOK 3 OF THE…

…My mom has been trying to get me to read that like literally since I was born. Maybe I should actually pick it up sometime.

Book 2 ends sad as heckie but believe me Book 3 more than makes up for it, and Book 1 is such a great story in and of itself! Trust  me when I say it’s a good series- I read most of Book 2 while my power was out the other day, but when it came back on I delayed my immediate return to the internet, games, and the like in favor of finishing it. If that tells you anything.

Also I burned through Book 3 today and I was even working most of the day. So.

I can only support your reading it.

Edit: Though I think I should mention there’s a section in Book 3 that you should probably skip if you’re triggered by tortures of various depraved kinds, even if the text cushions the events as much as it can.

anonymous asked:

I really love your blog! ♡♡ If it's not too much trouble, could you recommend some books about asexuals? Thank you in advance! ♡♡

Hi, lovely nonny!

Unfortunately, as I’m sure you’re aware since you’ve come to us, books with asexual characters are quite uncommon which makes them a little harder to find! At this time, actually only one of our members has read anything with an asexual character and that has only been one book:

The Heart Of Aces by Sarah Sinnaeve

With that being said, we took it upon ourselves to dig a little deeper and at least try to give you a handful of recs or at least a starting point! 

From this point on, these are books we’ve heard have asexual characters but have not actually read:

and there is also this list, which overlaps with our recs a little but again it’s harder to find books with asexual characters.

Please note: None of us here at Fizzle Reads identifies as asexual so we can’t personally vouch how accurate the representation is!

Hope this helps and happy reading!

Love,

Fizzle Reads family