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Paladin of Souls Paperback – 20 Oct 2003
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"Fresh, intriguing, and as always from Lois McMaster Bujold, superb."
Robert Jordan, New York Times best selling author of The Wheel of Time Series
"This is one of the great ones."
Science Fiction Chronicle
About the Author
Lois McMaster Bujold was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1949. She attended Ohio State University from 1968 to 1972, but didn't graduate. She describes her real education as reading five books a week for ten years from the Ohio State University stacks, reading enormous amounts of SF as a teenager, and listening to her father, an engineer. She started writing in 1982, and sold her first story to Twilight Zone in 1985. Then Baen Books bought all three of the novels she had already written and published them in 1986. Her fourth novel, Falling Free, won Lois her first Nebula. "The Mountains of Mourning," also went on to win both Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novella of 1989, and The Vor Game and Barrayar won Hugos for best novel in 1991 and 1992. All her titles have been translated into fourteen languages (so far).
She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota,with her two children, Anne and Paul.
Top customer reviews
'Paladin of Souls' is an emotionally resonant, gripping, and yet gently domestic fantasy. Ista, the protagonist, is not a typical heroine. She is a mature woman who believes her life is behind her, her family think she is mad and she knows she has committed a desperate and dammning sin for which she has yet to forgive herself. It's easier for reviewers to get to grips with Cazaril's tale in the previous book 'Curse of Chalion; his sacrifices and drives are more easily understood in terms of standard fantasy heroics, though none the less exciting and absorbing. I think Ista would be amused at how little understanding of her narrative the previous reviews show.
In the everyday piety of the realm of Chalion, Ista's rage and despair against her gods and against the restrictions of her life mark her out for a spectacular, deeply moving experience of being pushed, tugged and cajoled toward a new destiny, but it is made clear to her that she can choose for herself, to reject or to accept. Her encounter with a - literally - godforsaken individual closely connected with the most dark deed of Ista's life, is the catalyst for Ista to choose.
Don't be put off - one need nor be religious in any way to be gripped by the emotional undertow of the fight against depression and despair vying all the time with the mordant humour and spritely intelligence of Bujold's heroine. The nature of Bujold's world- building for Chalion has a particular form based on the beliefs of the inhabitants and the existence of absolute beings. It's not in any way offensive or intrusive.
I urge you to read this novel - it's really one of the best fantasy novels I've read in ages.
Although it is a sequel to the Curse of the Chalion, our heroine is Ista. It's her adventure with some old and some new characters and a happy ever after romantic ending. - Whenever has a Bujols book not left the reader satisfied with the outcome.
It would spoil it if I told you anything about the story but it's fantasy at its best.