Review: The Curse of Chalion

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The Curse of Chalion (Chalion, #1)The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A little more disjointed and less intimate than the second book, but it is to be expected, as the cast and scope of this story is far wider, going from bildungsroman to political intrigue, diplomacy, travel and adventure… and applied theology, of course, this being the book of the Daughter.
If there is a fault I can find is that, with so many things happening in … (Read more)

Review: Paladin of Souls

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Paladin of Souls (Chalion, #2)Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Astounding! I did not read the first book in the series as I was told this one would stand on its own, and so it was. A powerful story about an unlikely heroine: a once-crazy, middle-aged dowager queen that only wants to have a little room for herself and be treated like a human being from her peers. Of course things go downhill and Ista finds herself … (Read more)