Echoes of Betrayal (#3)

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All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder, and a finger of suspicion points in a shocking direction. Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli grapples with unrest among his own nobility after granting the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien—who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman. The controversial decision and its consequences put the king’s claim to the throne in peril. But even greater danger looms. A dragon’s wild offspring are sowing death and destruction, upsetting the ancient balance of power. A collision seems inevitable. Yet when it comes, it will be utterly unexpected—and all the more devastating for it.


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


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


Awards & Accolades


#22 New York Times Bestseller List