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In this sequel to The Curse of Chalion (2001), rich in sumptuous detail and speculative theology, dowager royina Ista Dy Baocia undertakes a pilgrimage to ease her soul-and finds instead that in Chalion, Bujold's handsomely crafted fantasy world ruled by Five Gods "just around some strange corner of perception," a more dangerous fate awaits than she could ever have imagined. Swordplay and sorcery sweep sensitive, sensible 40-year-old Ista into Chalion's border stronghold of Porifors, where enemy Roknari incursions and demons from the Fifth God's hell threaten Ista's realm, held precariously at bay by the charismatic Arhys dy Lutez. Ista's romantic quest to save Arhys and his magnetic half-brother, Illvin, teems with equal parts of unearthly magic and down-to-earth quasi-medieval lore. Despite an occasional lapse into adolescent angst and spurts of superficial dialogue, high fantasy fans should thrill at Ista's spiritual perils, while horse admirers of all ages should savor even Ista's saddle sores. This engaging installment of Chalion's mythical history whets the appetite for new marvels yet to come. FYI: Bujold has won both Hugo and Nebula awards.
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The eagerly awaited sequel to The Curse of Chalion (2001) continues the story of the world of Chalion, though not strictly of Chalion, after Iselle and Bergon have defeated one lot of enemies and celebrated their wedding. Paladin of Souls focuses, however, on Iselle's mother, Ista. Three years free of the madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle, Ista is finally released from her last remaining duties by the death of her mother. She undertakes a pilgrimage, but doesn't get far before she is overtaken by trouble, sorrow, need, and a host of other adversities. Chalion is in trouble again, thanks to the plots, counterplots, machinations, and follies of men and of gods, and Ista is perforce on the front lines. Bujold couldn't characterize badly if threatened with a firing squad, and what really keeps one turning the pages is the fascinating cast of characters--not that the plot is anything to sneeze at. Only dedicated addicts of Bujold's Vorkosigan saga will be miffed that she has given us this book rather than that sf series' next installment, for Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists as well as science-fictionists. Roland Green
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Fascinating theology and multidimensional characters. I was sorry to reach the endPublished 9 days ago by Anne Norton
One of Bujold's best. I'm lucky enough to have this one if an ARC I picked up on ebay, plus a first edition hardcopy from Amazon, and finally the ebook. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleen R. Parrish
I have been working my way through the entire back catalog of those books which have won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JDNM
Bujold is so good at writing compelling, memorable, likeable characters. I love that the hero of the book is a 40 year old woman and not a 16-18 year old girl like so many other... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BellaGrace
A story set in the Chalion word but not involving the major characters of the previous books. McMasters-Bujold's usual deft touch with characters and an engrossing plot. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven C. March
I was expecting an amazing book given that it won both Nebula and Hugo awards. I was a little disappointed. It was good, but it was too long. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jamie France