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There does end up being magic however. I know that I will like the prose, I know that the characters will be interesting and believable, I don’t know if I will like her plot because sometimes I don’t, but even then her books are never unreadable. View all 8 comments.

Kudos to the author, who created a very believeable character. Not even your life. Bernadette Durbin This series is set chalioj the same world, but with widely disparate eras.

It is an assignment Cazaril dreads, for it will ultimately lead him to the place he fears most, the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies, who once placed him in chains, now occupy lofty positions. The work that went into researching medieval Spain sows, as does chlaion that went into turning the story into its own consistent telling rather than just a metaphor.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Curse of Chalion is Adult Fantasy in a few ways. Cazaril does not have fond memories of either of them; his time as a galley slave was Martou’s doing, very probably at Dondo’s urging.

Me ha gustado mucho conocer la pluma de esta escritora y su mundo. Another thing I liked about this book chaalion the Five Gods themselves. This not being a Vorkosigan book it took me a while to settle in, to get used to the unfamiliar world, people, and situation. It isn’t that there’s anything particularly innovative or envelope-pushing about this story.

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The pacing reminded me a bit of Assassin’s Apprenticeso you if you enjoyed those books, you may enjoy this as well. I enjoyed the assured way Bujold handles language and development, and appreciated the balance between reflection and action. The hujold warfare, often glossed over or ignored in buujold, was also well done and it served to make the world more realistic.


My understanding is it is actually 3 stand alone stories set in the same world.

The Curse of Chalion

So you could call it theological fantasy. And Gods of great power. View all 3 comments. Gruesome more buhold the lingering medical condition sense than the fleeting battle blood-and-guts sense which I’m fine with.

Jun 15, Guy rated it it was amazing Shelves: What I like best about starting a Bujold book is that feeling of homecoming. I am myself surprised at how much I liked this book.

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In addition to the traitorous intrigues of villains, Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle, are faced with a sinister curse that hangs like a sword chlaion the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle.

Bujold’s clean, smooth witty prose with a touch of Jack Vance-esque floweriness always keep me afloat. I chqlion the character Caz. The first part is magniifica, and is read at a stretch I have to blame one thing factory of Ideas, and it is that as well as some Spanish publishers split chslion books into two, to win dineto.

May 15, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: What a delightful chzlion. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Chlion, Cazaril’s act of magic to save Iselle, involving both death and resurrection, is brazenly Christ-like. On the way to the castle at Valenda, he receives an unexpectedly large amount of money in response to the simple task of giving directions, and he finds the body of a merchant who’d died of death magic ; he makes sure the man is buried properly, prays for him, and collects his robe.

And in renouncing action, makes action possible. If so, where and when has it begun? 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.

Iselle, f’rinstance, is one of Bujold’s most remarkable heroines. This is exactly the sort of fantasy I love. On top of excellent character development, the political intrigue that drives events into place is stunningly well written. Suddenly I was completely in its grip!


Let me chalino this review from the point in time when I first realized that this book was a WIN. McMaster Bujold the past is not only a tactic for revealing personalities but also and this is a mild spoiler an intrinsic part of the mystery Lord Cazaril tries to solve. Under his tutelage his royal charge, Iselle, grows into her role and really shines.

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In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook In fact this book doesn’t feel like a fantasy book at all for most of it. So I love how discrete magic is in this book. In fact, other than t The first time I read this, I was torn between my respect for Bujold and the slow burning plot of this first fantasy I had ever read by her.

A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril, has returned to the noble buold he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, as the secretary-tutor to buuold beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. I find the religious systems in literature etc. The Curse of Chalion is a story told from the margins of a great power play. Cazaril accompanies Iselle to court somewhat anxiously; Orico’s father, Martou dy Jironal, is the father of Dondo, the swine responsible for selling out Cazaril.

But truly my quibbles were few and minor. The protagonist, a man of 35 and enough woes for a lifetime, is attracted to one of the major supporting characters quite early on and develops quite gradually throughout the story, in a glance here and a smile there.

Lloyd James did a good job with the audio. This could be suitable grounds for a lot of mushy stuff, but for me Bujold handles romance here in her usual masterly way.