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5.0 out of 5 stars Paladin of Souls, 8 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: Paladin of Souls (Paperback)
McMaster Bujold is a master of science fiction; in this sequel to the Curse of Chalion she shows that she is also a master of fantasy. Instead of spectacular sorcerous powers attributed to the main characters, an intricate system of five gods is behind the magic in this world. In this book, middle-aged, cynical, mad (?) dowager royina Ista makes a journey of growth and self-discovery comparable to any coming-of-age theme in other books - and oh, so much more interesting! Although not a feminist utopia, there is more room for female heroism in this world, and a more gender embracing and un-hypocritical religion than most. The book develops more evenly than its predecessor, with as prominent characters, and some surprising turns. It also features a happy ending, and an emerging love story, which may be offensive to some readers. A general theme in Bujold's books is the physically weak hero/heroine - but none of them is painfully pathetic, like Covenant the unbeliever, or similar characters. More in the inspiring vein - we can be heroes, too! Perhaps this is Harry Potter for adults, with political intrigue instead of boarding school injustice? (And we will still read Harry Potter ...)
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