May 22, 2020

Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Adult/High School-Iselle, the royesse The Curse of Chalion – Kindle edition by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Curse of Chalion, written by Lois McMaster Bujold and published by HarperCollins Publishers in was the first book of the World of the Five Gods . The Curse of Chalion introduces us to Lupe de Cazaril, the scion of a noble family of the titular kingdom. War blights the landscape. Nearby Ibra is wracked by.

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Starting off with a well-hardened character means Bujold allows herself to go straight into the story and to develop that and the characters as she goes. I’d very much recommend this to fans of George R.

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Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good Book!!! At times it reminded me a bit of Hobb’s writing style this is very high praise from me and I really enjoyed being able to follow a character who was 35 rather than a typical ‘farmboy’ etc.

There is an chaliob mix of characters, somewhat archetypical but done well enough that they developed uniqueness. In the course of the story he turns 36, which is my age right now, so I can perfectly chaliob to him. Views Read Edit View history. Sep 08, Bart rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my first book by Ms. Suddenly I was completely in its grip! If gods could seek passage from anyone they wished, then men would be mere puppets.


From what I’ve read, the next book moves to one fo the minor characters, so it’s almost more of a companion novel. In fact this book doesn’t feel like a fantasy book at all for most of it. At his peak he was a courtier, castle-warder, and captain; but now he has just escaped for the oar benches of a slave galley and is a shadow of his former self.

The Mythopoeic Society Reviews: The Curse of Chalion

And this particular review that was written by a mind that was blown starts out with a sob story: World of the Five Gods Publication 3 books.

Want to Read saving…. And so it is that I believe this book is not about removing a curse, but about finding our place in the Universe. Cat This is my first non-Vorkosigan book of hers, and I agree with the Austen-like deep character dives, so far anyway.

What is the purpose of this book?

There are, however, ghosts and living saints, and a special realization of dualism between matter and spirit. On top of excellent character development, the political intrigue cursse drives events into place is stunningly well written.

The names, for one thing. He is saved from poverty by getting offered the job of tutor to the teenaged princess, Cirse, and older companion and cousin, Betriz. I find the religious systems in literature etc. The geography is likewise based on that of the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th century—but mirrored, north for south.


So Cazaril rides north-west, to Ibra. The main plot was straightforward and enjoyable although the prominence of gods and curses chalon the importance of the characters while making the political machinations seem somewhat trivial.

The Curse of Chalion

Like such writers as George R. The protagonist, a man of 35 and enough woes for a lifetime, is …more Yes, but not of the bodice-ripper type nor of the gushy-teenage-romance type.

It’s easy to mistake Cazaril for an old man when we first meet him on the road, dressed and behaving like a beggar, body broken down by great physical injuries and susceptible to his own emotions. I think it should be outlawed. Bujold will be harder. Pharmaceutical companies should figure out some way to encapsulate books into medical cure-all pills.

I do appreciate the hero, Cazaril, being developed more al Really three and a half stars.