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ISBN:
0786185988
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978-0786185986
Author:
Lloyd James,Lois McMaster Bujold
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Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (July 1, 2004)
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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, The Warrior's Apprentice, introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011, she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction.

Other Books by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ll purge him with fire and burn down that cursed wreck of a mill at the same time, aye. No good to leave it standing, it’s too close to the road. 1. Cazaril heard the mounted horsemen on the road before he saw them. He glanced over his shoulder. Attracts -he eyed Cazaril- trouble. Cazaril paced along for another moment. Finally, he asked, You plan to burn him with his clothes on? The farmer studied him sideways, summing up the poverty of his garb. I’m not touching anything of his.

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The Curse of Chalion is a 2001 fantasy novel by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold. In 2002 it won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Locus Fantasy Awards in 2002. The series that it began, World of the Five Gods, won the Hugo Award for Best Series in 2018. Both The Curse of Chalion and its sequel Paladin of Souls (2003) are set in the landlocked medieval kingdom of Chalion

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Lois McMaster Bujold (/buːˈʒoʊld/ (listen) boo-ZHOHLD; born November 2, 1949) is an American speculative fiction writer. She is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record (not counting his Retro Hugos). Her novella "The Mountains of Mourning" won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.

The Curse of Chalion . 7 41 5 Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Lloyd James.

Lord Cazaril has been, in turn, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Cazaril finds himself promoted to the exalted and dangerous position of tutor to Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalion's throne. Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.
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  • kinder
Over 10 years ago I was looking for a new book in a Book Store (GASP!) when I stumbled upon this book and The Paladin of Souls. I didn't discern that they were truly a 1st and 2nd in series pair of books and purchased PoS first and began reading. By the first dozen pages, I'd decided two things: that I really liked the writing and that I was obviously not "starting at the beginning". I immediately went out and grabbed The Curse of Chalion and it, along with The Paladin of Souls, quickly became two of my favorite books. I've read and reread this novel so many times that I can literally grab it, pick a page and start reading without any question as to where I am in the story and what went on immediately before or after. Lois McMaster Bujold is an excellent author and she is in truly great form here. If you like fantasy and enjoy stories more in the line of "intrigue and human foibles" rather than "Badass wades through piles of the corpses of his foes", I can't recommend it enough. The main character Cazaril is a man damaged beyond what most would survive both physically and mentally but he still retains wit and will enough to be a true hero; a man that I would truly admire should I live in his world and someone I would gladly spend time with. The world is well drawn and the characters stay true to their motivations and needs; no "plot necessary" shortcuts here. Curse of Chalion is truly literature set in SF/Fantasy and, if you enjoy that kind of well wrought story & story telling, you will be rewarded for your time and expense.
  • Zyangup
If you have read a lot of mainstream major fantasy over the last ten years, the work of people like Duncan, Jordan, Hobb, Brooks, you will likely enjoy this one very much. I have read two other books by this author, and this one is the best I have read so far.

The tale begins with a grimy old man making his way along the road. Eventually, you realize he is neither an old man nor the average person. The story takes the "special person who does not know he is special" trope and gives it a bit of a twist by making the hero, Caz, a thirty something man who has had lots of experience in the royal court but ends up in a battle which results in his being sold to a slaver. He is treated horribly on the ship and goes through what we later understand through bits and pieces of revelations is a sort of religious experience.

I am trying not to spoil anything; that is why I am being vague.

Anyway, as the story progresses we see the effects Caz has on the lives of the people in the kingdom he comes into contact with, especially two people he ends up assigned to oversee.

As a hero, Caz is likable and heroic but so totally unassuming you just can't help but like him. It will soon be discovered he has a dark and dangerous mission assigned to him by the Gods!!

OK, first of all, the writing is good in this book. No clunky sentences or terrible dialogue. The main characters are types in the sense we find them repeatedly in this kind of fantasy. Examples: the inexperience royal who is mislead by his fawning followers who have terrible motives; the young woman who is smarter and stronger than she should be given the social roles of her gender; the old woman who is wise but judged crazy; the aging ruler who was once good but now is old and a bit crazy and weak. You get the picture. But the main characters are psychologically distinct and we see them develop and change.

Unlike The Game of Thrones where every character is psychologically developed and there are over a dozen main story lines all going at once, in this book we have the traditional focus on a limited few characters and there are none of the lengthy sections where chapter after chapter shifts to a totally new time and country. There are a few jumps where you start a new chapter to find that the trip they started out on at the end of the previous chapter is over and suddenly they are riding into a courtyard after a two day ride, and I remember at least one place where there was the old "winter gave way to dripping eaves and warm winds" time shift.

However, generally things move along without major jumps. The plot all focuses around the major group of characters and so while there are two separate orders of soldiers and a few religious orders, there is no real detail about them or the people in them or the political intrigues going on behind the scene. There is enough background here that if the author had wanted this could have been a ten volume series. The bad guys plot, of course, but mainly we see the results of this rather than read about the plotting or the psychology of the plotters, which is actually good here because the plotters are meant to cause problems not provide us with in-depth characters.

If the author had wanted, I easily saw a place about 3/4 of the way through where she could have ended "Book one" and then gone on to "Book Two" and fleshed out the characters and motivations and such a bit more rather than end the book. Things do move a bit quickly in the final fifth of the book and a few things resolve rather quicker than they might! (I wish the last fifty pages had taken more like one hundred pages.) But if anything you will only wish things had slowed down a hair because you realize you are about to end the reading experience!!

There is a little bit of tear jerking sacrifice toward the end that may make you sniffle a bit or bring a drop to your eye. But that is good. :) Lots of devious plots. Not much in the way of sword play, but it is not totally lacking in this, especially toward the end. The magic is more personal religious experience rather than fire ball throwing and mountain tumbling down stuff. No dragons. Sorry. There are some very interesting crows!

If you are looking for one of those series where things go on and on and every character is gone into in depth so that you fear the series will not be done before you shuffle off your mortal coil, this will not fully satisfy.

But if you want a stand alone, one volume, traditional high fantasy novel with interesting characters if not totally unexpected circumstances and themes, this will satisfy you. I very much recommend this book.

Just a quick note: if you like this you might enjoy the old Barbara Hambly series The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight. There are lots of one volume fantasies published twenty or thirty years ago that are excellent and have been forgotten.

I will try other of her books, though the one I am reading now by her, "Penric and the shaman," seems a bit light.
  • Kerahuginn
And that's saying a lot, since I devoured all her Miles Vorkosigan books after I discovered them. I thought her Sharing Knife series was passably good, but it pales in comparison to the Curse of Chalion. The sequel (Paladin of Souls) is less excellent, but at that point your love of the characters helps carry things along.

It's a very clever reworking of the story of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain (turn the map upside down and see if it looks familiar), with deeply real characters. There are a few hundred other reviews, so I won't repeat what's already been said, other than to agree with one reviewer that this is a clear "desert island" candidate.
  • EXIBUZYW
This is one of my favorite books of all time. If you enjoy Bujold's other books but aren't too sure about the fantasy genre, do yourself a favor and give this a read. I promise it'll be worth it. I had read the entire Vorkosigan Saga multiple times and I knew that I loved Bujold's prose, diction, and style, so when I spotted it in hardcover at Goodwill, I picked it up immediately. I love it so much that I purchased the Kindle edition as well so I could have it with me during any travels. (As an aside: I have dual purchased almost all of Bujold's books in hard copy and digital because she's just that good in my opinion.)

It's an amazing fantasy story with dynamic and complex characters and outstanding world-building. Like her Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Book 2)/Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga Book 3) duology in the Vorkosigan Saga, I could literally finish reading this book and flip back to page 1 to start again. Cazaril is similar to Miles Vorkosigan somewhere around the time of Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga Book 15) in that he was young and brash at one point, but now has a deep sense of right, wrong, and honor tempered by a full life of experience.

The book is sometimes funny, sometimes dark, but always thought-provoking. When gods influence the world, what is the true nature of fate and what decisions do we make for ourselves?