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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Betriz is a likeable romance option for Cazaril but I never really felt that she was a strong character on her own merits.

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After a time, Orico declares that Dondo is to become Iselle’s husband. It reminded me of a medieval world with power struggles not unheard of, but at the same time ultimately unique.

The Curse of Chalion is the story of a man beaten by war and betrayals, vicissitudes of life. Apart from the characters the world-building is very interesting, especially the very detailed religious system. Whilst serving under her many of his secrets are exposed whether he wants that or not and he also discovers many secrets of others around him.

The Curse of Chalion –August — spoilers 3 7 Aug 10, I’d very much recommend this chalionn fans of George R. Trivia About The Curse of Chal Curse the common cold! This is chailon complete world that we get acquainted with through story-telling.

He’s a thoroughly tired out man by the time we meet him travelling on the road to Chalion, fhalion he’s also a really mysterious and interesting character to try and work out.

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The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls are a pair, set in that order, but Hallowed Hunt not only takes place centuries before, but in a different country. From what I’ve read, the next book moves to one of the minor characters, so it’s almost more of a companion novel. The reason I can only give this 4 stars is that there are some gruesome parts that turned me off. The Curse of Chalion is the story of a noble, broken man who has just managed to escape from slavery.

Afterward, a jealous enemy ensured that Caz would not be ransomed as were the rest of his menbut instead sold into slavery, spending 19 months as a galley slave before finally being rescued. Fonsa’s soul could match his soul, but could not balance his vast fate. Those who expect a typical sword-and-sorcery fantasy from the title or cover will be disappointed.

But the great way of characterization doesn’t stop with Cazaril. What I like best cure starting a Bujold book is that feeling of homecoming. After all, though he is a hero, Cazaril’s not like an honor-stiffened Ned Stark or a badass Roland Deschain or even a wise and powerful Gandalf. With Cazaril as the sole POV character and so much of the story about his personal struggles none of the other characters really jumped off the page at me. Dhalion would never have a chance against the curse if it wasn’t for the past developments, which are sometimes educed deceivingly obscure.

It took me a little bit to warm up to, but in the end I found this an enjoyable read. A possible prophecy currse that a man must be willing to die, not once, but three times in order to lift the curse, but how is that possible?


It tells a great story and has a very relatable and likeable main protagonist. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. If so, where and when has it begun? Large parts of the plot are rather predictable, but that’s not always a bad thing.

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There’s a lot of groundwork-laying until about pages in when something significant finally happens. Saint Umegatwho hosts the miracle of the royal menagerie it keeps Orico alive and cleanses him of the worst effects of a curse that lies upon the House of Chalionmeets with him and determines that the reason Cazaril has not died is because the death demon is being prevented from carrying out its duty by the Daughter of Spring.

Beguilement Legacy Passage Horizon All he really has to hope for is supporting chalioon liege-woman. The most striking feature of The Curse of Chalion ‘s narrative is Bujold’s use of her world’s theology to drive the increasingly complex machinations of the plot.

After finishing the book I glance idly at the “About the Author” blurb on the inside back jacket and it says that people often compare her to Jane Austen.

I hope the rest of the series lives up to its first novel.