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The Curse of Chalion


Lois McMaster Bujold has won the Hugo award four times, and the Nebula award twice. In this, her first epic fantasy, we join Cazaril -- a former ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667

Good read.

by on Jun 24, 2010

The book is a bit slow getting started, but the pace picks up as time goes on and by the end is very fast. The writing and characterization is excellent. --Sarge



by Ellyb on Mar 14, 2008

I really enjoyed "The Curse of Chalion." It combines themes of religious mysticism, political machination, high fantasy, and redemption. Cazaril is extremely likable and I became very attached to him and his unintentional quest. Bujold was thorough in mapping out the details of the culture's religion, and all in all the intricacies of the plot were creative and cleverly designed. I'll probably read this book again some day.


Fascinating characters

by Kaelesa on Apr 7, 2007

This was the first book by Lois McMaster Bujold I'd read. I found the book captivating. The main character Cazaril was brought to life right from the beginning. His tortured body and diminished circumstances create instant empathy which is only strengthened as we learn more about his past, his beliefs and his integrity. The religious beliefs the author has created are unique and thought provoking, adding the the depth of this story. There is subtle humor throughout the book, much of which we hear in Caz's thoughts as events unfold. Based on the experiences he has been through he should be a bitter, jaded, mean person, but instead we find humility, a wry sense of humor and an appreciation of life. The rest of the characters in the book are drawn fully. You truly despise the "bad guys" and care deeply for Caz's friends. I would recommend this book to any one.

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