The Curse of Chalion

By Lois McMaster Bujold
Read by Lloyd James

The Curse of Chalion Series: Book 1

18.70 Hours 07/01/2004 unabridged
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Lord Cazaril has been, in turn, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Cazaril finds himself promoted to the exalted and dangerous position of tutor to Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalion’s throne. Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion’s ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

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Summary

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Winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award

A 2002 Hugo Award Nominee

A 2002 Locus Award Nominee

A 2002 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

Lord Cazaril has been, in turn, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Cazaril finds himself promoted to the exalted and dangerous position of tutor to Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalion’s throne.

Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion’s ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nicely detailed and wittily accented…Here’s hoping it launches a series of tales as well told as the Vorkosigan volumes.” Booklist
“Bujold weaves a convincing and captivating fantasy world, well researched, with magic that works and gods that live without destroying the balance of this medieval society. Cazaril’s life is rich with detail and plays a part in the conclusion. The villains are believably motivated. The young heroines are deeply sympathetic characters as well. Readers will find themselves rooting for the good guys, while still uncertain that all can end without at least one of them suffering a dire fate. A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read.” School Library Journal
“[Bujold] turns her hand as competently and engagingly to the fantasy genre in a tale of quiet heroism and self-sacrifice. Compelling characters and richly detailed world building make this a strong addition to fantasy collections.” Library Journal
“Bujold excels at creating complex characters you care for, and at catching them up in terrific action-adventure stories laced with thoughtful ponderings on ethics and religion. James does an excellent job with this tale…He strikes just the right note throughout all the twists and turns of the plot.” Kliatt
“This is one of the great ones.” Science Fiction Chronicle
“Lloyd James excels. Subtle tonal shifts distinguish James’ characters, enabling him to voice male and female characters of all ages, of upper and lower castes—with equal acumen.” Amazing Stories 
“Chock full of motivated and interesting characters, classic political machinations, two genuine romances, surprising plot twists, and everyone’s favorite theme, betrayal. This is the equivalent of a seven-course meal for any audiobook listener.” SFFAudio.com 

Reviews

Reviews

by Emerald Pointe 9/13/2017
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Good book

Though more fantasy than scifi like this author's other series (Vorkosigan saga), I think Lois McMaster Bujold did a great job with this title as well. Slow to start, this book seems more political than straight out action like the other series. If you like Lois McMaster Bujold, I think you will like this title too.

Author

Author Bio: Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, The Warrior’s Apprentice, introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017 the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 18.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English