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Paladin of Souls (Chalion series) Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2005
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Paladin of Souls is a sequel only in the sense that the events in the book take place after the previous book. Ista was the mother of two of the main characters in The Curse of Chalion, and she didn't figure that prominently in it. Bujold takes her, a relatively undeveloped character except where the curse was concerned, and gives her a living vibrancy. The reader can see why she went mad before, and why she is still seen as slightly insane. But we can also see the inner workings of her mind, and see why she is like this and how she can sometimes use it to her benefit. When one is touched by the gods, one is not unaffected, and Ista shows that effect. She's in her 40s, most of her family dead and her daughter off ruling the kingdom, and she's bored. She's also one of the only people who know the whole truth of what happened, and what lengths her family had taken to try and remove the curse. The entire book is told from her viewpoint, so the reader also gets to see her reaction to the events and the people around her.
Ista's not the only wonderful character, though. All of the characters in the book are three-dimensional, unless the book doesn't call them to be.Read more ›
On the straightforeward bit, this is the story of a woman who was a minor character from The Curse of Chalion. She's spent the past many years of her life in a deep despair, a depression and suicidal misery caused by a curse and exacerbated once the curse was lifted by the death of her son. She's watched over by kind, loving people who give her no freedom, no privacy and no trust. She has no love; even her daughter is far away and almost a stranger to her, and no prospects of friendship in her situation.
So she goes on a pilgramage, to get out and get away; an excuse but also an invocation of the Gods of Chalion. And as the Curse proved, the Gods of Chalion are listening... The Bastard God answers her with some very interesting problems.
So that's the straightforeward bit. It's how she does it that you have to see, because her writing is so amazing.
The story revolves around Royina Ista, now free from her gods induced madness, and her attempt to break free from the confining restrictions imposed by her high station. Into her orbit fall the dy Gura brothers Ferda and Foix (one of my favorite characters from the CURSE) and a courier girl turned lady in waiting, Liss. In fact the twist of focus away from the original characters in CURSE is so dramatic and totally fresh that it becomes a completely new story, admittedly set within the familial universe of Chalion.
A wonderful story that is a pleasure to read? Yes, absolutely! Without flaw? No. One of its major problems is the pacing, it is very slow to start, almost ponderous. But after the first hundred pages it starts to click and begins to flow quite nicely. Its second major flaw is the constant delving into the composition and intricacies of Chalion's religion, overly much I think.Read more ›
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These characters are legions deep. When one sad thing happened, I had to put the book down and be sad for a few days before I could pick it up again-- but when I did, it was... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this. Ista had a biting humor and didn't just go along with plans for her. There were some sad situations in the book and they didn';t just wave a magic wand, or come up... Read morePublished 27 days ago by K. McGeorge
A 40-something year old woman finally has time to herself -- after husband, kids, and mother are all gone -- and decides to set out on an adventure to find herself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Tansey
I love McMaster-Bujold, and this is very good fantasy writing.Published 1 month ago by J. Michael Riley
Not what I was expecting, which was a welcome change. Plot and characters are strong, and the world seems better established now.Published 2 months ago by CainTX
By far the best of the Lois McMaster Bujold books I have read so far!Published 2 months ago by Mz Linda
This is one of my all time favorite stories from an excellent author. In fact, I own this in digital format, paperback, and hard cover. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suzan Reagan