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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Scientific knowledge, on the other og, can often stay abstract and theoretical. View all 4 comments. The contrast between how behaves Cazaril, and Miles Vorkosigan Vorkosigan is cugse of the three examples that the pro-life can be cahlion in the world of fantasy against abortion, because he was born with a physical disability, other examples are Tanis of the universe of the Dragonlance product of a violation although it seems that in the end it wasn’t for bothand “crepusculo” Rynesme that have it meant the the death of a mother.

When he arrives at the home of his former employer he reveals the depth of his suffering and is given a second chance. A feudal system, a failing monarch, an unscrupulous chancellor, a strong-minded but elderly female ruler, young heirs running wild, but all with twists that give them individuality. In the hands of a writer as skilled as Bujold, it all seems so easy. Bujold incorporates the gods there are five into her storyline in a way reminiscent of Greek myth; like the Olympians, Bujold’s gods are arbitrary, capricious, all too human, and yet purposive chaljon compassionate.

If you ot interested in her Miles Vorkosigan saga begin by “Warrior’s Apprentice”, and in the case of the world of the five gods who do not like me that I started by the “sacred quest” https: Ex-soldier turned secretary whose main ambition was to find a quiet corner where high life would not bother him anymore does not sound terribly exciting, does it?


Bujold says “fuck that” to such Harlequin histrionics and has Iselle arrange her own marriage to counter dy Jironal’s plans. Another Bujold trademark is unconventional protagonists, she tends to stay away from the fearsomely skilled and well endowed sexy heroic type.

The Curse of Chalion

For example, here Cazaril elicits the charm of the former queen: What is the purpose of this book? I think, I do Dedicated to Manuel Alfonseca https: He’s in his mid 30s for one. These two reviews originally appeared in Mythprint Miyuki Miyabe, where also two characters in a world must die to save cursr real world and the magical, and the character while not asked so fo as Cazaril a christic figure, is not Christ, but possesses some of his attributes Wataru Mitani must renounce to your your dream to do what is right.

A listing of her interviews is here: No long background speeches about how the world works, it’s government etc. Not because he is ethically questionable–far from it–but because he is a physical wreck. Men have always a choice – if not whether, then how, they may endure. As he regains his footing, he undergoes some spiritual challenges as well. It isn’t that there’s anything particularly innovative or envelope-pushing about this story. It can totally stand alone if you’re not in the mood for a series.

A lump of ordinary coal that took pressure exceptionally well. At the start of this book Cazaril is a broken man, trudging alone down the road he is scorned by passers-by. In fact, he bears the weight of the whole book on his weary shoulders. This seemingly peaceful job may entail more than one might expect, however, considering the chaotic state of politics both within and without the kingdom of Chalion – and an evil curse that hangs over the royal family.


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And if the titles are bad, the character names are worse: The work that went into researching medieval Spain sows, as does theincrediblemimagination that went into turning the story into its own consistent telling rather than just a metaphor. And if from his heart then from the world as well, for the gods may not reach curss except through living souls.

Apart from the chrse the world-building is very interesting, especially the very detailed religious system. I thought the world-building was one of this book’s biggest strengths.

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The story takes quite a different path from the historical one, and the major characters are distinct personalities, not simply versions of historical people. The slow start is something I can challon with because it pays off in the second half of the book – but give me too many medical details and I’m just not happy. Most of whom I liked better than Iselle.

To view it, click here. The Dowager Provincara recognizes him and honors his noble birth, and is appalled by his tragic story.

Something of interest is precisely the interesting theology of the world of the five gods, and the ideas of the characters on the power of good and evil. View all 25 comments.