Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold

Paladin of Souls

By Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 87 Ratings

Description

One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once more to a dark and troubled land and embroils us in a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered souls of a realm.

Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets -- for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road -- escape -- beckons. . . . A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion.

Yet something else is free, too -- something beyond deadly. To the north lies the vital border fortress of Porifors. Memories linger there as well, of wars and invasions and the mighty Golden General of Jokona. And someone, something, watches from across that border -- humans, demons, gods.

Ista thinks her little party of pilgrims wanders at will. But whose? When Ista's retinue is unexpectedly set upon not long into its travels, a mysterious ally appears -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion's castle cannot ease Ista's mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods' own weaving.

In her dreams the threads are already drawing her to unforeseen chances, fateful meetings, fearsome choices. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply.

Reviews

  • Better than the first.

    5
    By inkspottedtea
    Bujold's second Chalion novel is stunningly fantastic. I highly recommend it!
  • Amazing.

    5
    By Satanicpuppy
    Curse of Chalion was an imaginative tour de force, original, evocative, and surprising. I bought Paladin of Souls with no ability to foresee where she would take the world she had built, but trusting that she could tell the story of a minor character from the first novel in a manner I'd find interesting. That the second novel could so far surpass the first was something I never even considered. Buy The Curse of Chalion. Then buy this book. Then buy the Hallowed Hunt, which isn't as good, but is still delightful. You won't regret it.
  • Paladin of souls

    5
    By T Plumb
    Probably the best sci fi fantasy that I've ever read and I've read. Many
  • Great

    5
    By TerryDickinson3
    I enjoyed this series using Microsoft Reader on a PDA. Now I have an iPad and iBooks, I bought them again and I am really enjoying the experience.