Chalion Index. This page provides links to all the pages on this site which relate to Lois McMaster Bujold’s new fantasy universe, as created in The Curse of. The Curse of Chalion (Chalion series) [Lois McMaster Bujold] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril. Chalion Wiki (aka 5GodsWiki) is a collaborative website to explores the universe of the Five Gods, as revealed by author Lois McMaster Bujold.

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So I love how discrete magic is in this book. Lois McMaster Bujold was born inthe daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. Martin and Guy Gavriel Kay. As it turns out, she has been taking care of her daugher Ista the Dowager Royina of Chalion and two grandchildren by Ista, Iselle and Teidezthe royesse and royse.

It starts a bit slow. Steadfast, principled, not attention seeking, reflective, Cazaril is the definition of Loyalty To Another, self-effacing willing to sacrifice himself for a much greater good. I cried a little. But when the results are slightly different than expected, Cazaril finally — and quite literally — begins to see exactly what has been going on with the royal family of Chalion, and what his role might be in saving not merely Iselle, but the entire family and kingdom.

The arch-villain Dy Jironal was a standard evil chancellor. Top it all off with strong likable characters prevailing against the odds to save a kingdom a family and a world and you have a masterwork.

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And this particular review that was fhalion by a mind that was blown starts out with a sob story: 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. His talents and wisdom will assist but not avoid adversities. Kudos to the author, who created a very believeable character.


Spring and summer pass in the pleasant and not-too-demanding job of tutoring her in DarthacanRoknarigeography, and various other lessons suitable to a royesse’s education.

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So – is it best to start with ‘The Hallowed Hunt’? Planets Barrayar Komarr Sergyar. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. View all 23 comments. There are moments of beauty and lots of quiet, good humor, that are brought to vivid life by a sharply-drawn and entirely believably human cast of characters. And if the titles are bad, the character names are worse: The Bastard’s death magic is particularly harrowing, and it happens to have the largest role and plot significance in the novel.

It featured a pre-occupation with court intrigue which has never really interested me. There are lots of excellent character development scenes and thoughts I felt very pertinent to the plot.

We see Cazaril slowly start to anchor himself in the tumultuous sea of court politics and divine curses. The two of them marry with great ceremony and pleasure; the locals are equally overjoyed cgalion optimistic that better days will come.

Even though Cazaril is the putative hero, supporting characters are no less heroic. Cazeril is a war veteran at the age of just After escaping, he hobbles his way back to Chalion, feeling like an old man at age His pondering about the spirituality of life as a galley-slave seemed forced and sometimes preachy. This is a well-written story filled with politics, adventures, blessings and magic. It’s a pleasure to read about his kindness, his intelligence and humility. However for me the real struggle in this novel was Cazaril’s attempts to mend his shattered psyche while fighting his feelings for the woman he loves.


That world is a reverse of the Iberian Peninsula map.

Let me say however chalio I am myself surprised at how much I liked this book. Contents [ show ]. At the start of this book Cazaril is a broken man, trudging alone down the road he is scorned by passers-by.

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However, Ingrey discovers that he has far more in common with Ijada than he thought, and in fact, she might be the only person he can trust. However, when Teidez mistakenly decides to bujpld Orico from the evil Roknari magic of the menagerie by killing nearly every animal in it, thus making Orico bujild ill, he takes an injury from a leopard and dies of the wound.

Fonsa’s soul could match his soul, but could not balance his vast fate.

I couldn’t disagree more! McMaster Bujold, but won’t be my last. And today at work, I must admit, I had the book at my desk, sneaking a page here and there at opportune moments Spoilers May Be Present! It is through this inner analysis that we find its purpose. Curse of Chalion is Adult Fantasy in a few ways.

I will abstain from providing a synopsis the one I wrote mirrored the book description, anyway. View all 21 comments. Oct 05, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Bernadette Durbin This series is set in the same world, but with widely disparate eras.