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The Curse of Chalion Paperback – Bargain Price, April 11, 2006
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The Curse of Challion is more realistic than most fantasies. Her world-building has matured greatly since she started the Vorkosian series. And Bujold did a much better job of including a god as a character than David Weber did in his most recent fantasy, The War God's Own.
This book will earn Bujold a Hugo nomination, and she just might win. I read dozens of books a year, mostly Fantasy and Science Fiction. This is the best book I've read this year. Heinlein was my favorite author and this book is as good as anything he ever wrote. Plot, characterization, pace, dialog--all are terrific. Although dark in places, The Curse of Challion is ultimately uplifting.
Cazaril is a much different hero than Miles Vorkosian. Where Miles is young and incredibly irrepressible, Cazaril is old and more cautious. The mapcap early adventures of Vorkosian/Naismith, while vastly entertaining, are much less realistic than the plot in this book.
Although the first in a series, the book ends happily without any significant loose ends. The entire book is deftly woven together--all the threads come together very satisfyingly at the end. My only complaint about the Curse of Challion is that the promised sequel is not yet in print.
1. Intelligent and atypical main characters
2. Excellent world-building
3. Da*n good storytelling
4. Original ideas
The Curse of the Chalion did not disappoint me one iota on any count.
Since the Editorial review does such a good job of summing up the plot, I'll forego that part in my review here. Fans of the author's SF series may be a little apprehensive about Bujold's foray into Fantasy; let me reassure them right now that they shouldn't be. Although her only previous Fantasy effort, The Spirit Ring, was a little below her usual level of excellence, TCOTC shows none of TSR's hesitant plotting. The story forges ahead fully confident and daring.
In keeping with what you might expect from an author who earned her stripes for @ 20 years in SF, the fantasy world of TCOTC has underpinnings of logic and a natural order to stabilize the magical flourishes. This is a universe in which magic is a power much like gunpowder: the common folk may know about it, could theoretically get their hands on it and use it, but rarely have the desire to considering the well-known risks and consequences. Rather than being used as a device to solve plot problems or dazzle the reader, magic is left to the Gods...except by the foolish who just insist on making life a little too interesting for everybody else.
The central character, Cazaril, is far and away the scene stealer in this book however. A brilliant minor nobleman who was betrayed four years ago into foreign slavery, he returns destitute to his birth land looking for a place to belong. It becomes obvious to everybody that his honor and wisdom are not to be underestimated, particularly when a few political enemies make that very mistake.Read more ›
The world of Chalion is a wonderful land created less out of fairy tale and more from Spanish-influenced history. Bloody, yes, but also bloody brilliant. The best I've read all year, without any doubt. For many of the same reasons I love her Miles Vorkosigan series (humor, heart, action & adventure, etc..) I also love 'Curse of Chalion'. But there are other reasons to love this novel all on its own. Her characters breathe; her world is whole unto itself; and this story can stand alone and be great even if the author chooses never to visit here again. But I'm really hoping that she will, sometimes at least. :)
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Great writing, great characters, absolutely wonderful plotting and such a creative setting. So much fun, so many deep insights, and all loaded onto a full-speed-ahead wild ride! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Katty
Great world building and an interesting framework for magic and gods.Published 3 days ago by Patrick J Enderle
Great, engaging read. It's a big, meaty book with large characters, action and drama. Justly famous for the Vor books LMB can also do a very fine fantasy book. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mark Herbertt
Audible version was awesome ... I had read the book years ago, but thoroughly enjoyed this. It's interesting, and unpredictable, and entirely a new world. Read morePublished 5 days ago by P. Dever-Reynolds
The author has an excellent handle on language and has created interesting characters in an interesting and believable world. Read morePublished 6 days ago by T. Csorba
Just fantastic fun fantasy. Loved the world built by Bujold in this, with demons and gods not exactly running things but affecting human's free will. Good stuff!Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a memorable book written by Lois McMaster Bujold, which is no surprise, since she has written many memorable/outstanding books. Read morePublished 15 days ago by TBP/Man/Va
Where to start? The opening sentences carry the reader at once into a landscape and a man's life filled with uncertainty, then rescue, and then darkest intrigues and dire... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Tansey