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The Curse of Chalion (2001)

– tekijä: Lois McMaster Bujold

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioKeskustelut / Maininnat
4,2321452,048 (4.26)1 / 539
A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is as assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must ultimately lead him to the place he most fears: the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions. but it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge -- an act that will mark the loyal, damaged servant as a tool of the miraculous ... and trap him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 144) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Cazaril, royal family cursed; demon gets INSIDE Caz. K. publ 2001; read 2010
  18cran | May 30, 2021 |
See Book 3, The Hallowed Hunt
  Maddz | May 2, 2021 |
Cazaril is a broken man. Betrayed and sold into slavery following a disastrous military campaign, Cazaril makes his way home to Valenda where he hopes to find a job and live out the rest of his life in peace. Having previously served the royal family of Chalion as a courier, Cazaril finds himself assigned as the secretary and tutor to Iselle, the sister of the heir to the kingdom. When Iselle and her brother are summoned to the royal court by their half-brother, the ailing king, Cazaril finds himself caught in a web political intrigues, pitted against an old enemy who is very unhappy to see that he has survived, and a curse that may be beyond his abilities to thwart.

The Curse of Chalion is the first book in the World of the Five Gods series by Lois McMaster Bujold. The story is told entirely from Cazaril's point of view. Caz is a refreshing protagonist - middle aged, physically damaged by his experiences as a slave, haunted by his past and very thoughtful in how he responds to the various intrigues going on around the royal family, especially Iselle who he's vowed to protect. This thoughtfulness lends a slow and deliberate pace to the story. I found it interesting and highly readable though easy to set aside until right around the 50% mark when it's finally revealed what's really going on and just how big the stakes are for the game Cazaril finds himself involved in. Good thing he's up for the challenge!

The world building is stellar. Bujold puts just enough description in that Chalion feels like a place I could visit yet isn't overwhelming in the details. The brief look we get into the religion of the world of the Five Gods fascinating and I loved the concept of living saints. It reminded me of what Sebastian de Castelle does in The Greatcoats.

I enjoyed my time spent getting to know Cazaril, Iselle and the rest of the cast. I'll be checking out book two in the near future. ( )
  Narilka | Feb 21, 2021 |
A very good fantasy novel. Cazaril has lost everything serving his country, Chalion, and just wants to go back to the last safe place he knew and be of whatever use he can be there. The former soldier and noble is educated and experienced and has a lot to offer the household of the King's younger brother and sister. Events move him into the center of the action, and his experience and character are tested as he does his best to serve Princess Iselle and break the curse the follows their family.
Very well written, with good characters and a very well conceived fantasy setting. There's magic, but not too much. ( )
1 ääni Karlstar | Feb 7, 2021 |
Plus a half star. Might have made 4 but imho the last few chapters were all about tidying up all the threads and I prefer to leave them lying about. I've put the next one on my reading list but I will wait awhile. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 144) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Ultimately, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It drags very slightly in the middle, but that’s almost unnoticeable -- and the only flaw I can pick out in this book. If you’re a fantasy fan, pick this one up. If you’re a Vorkosigan fan but have been reluctant to try a Bujold that’s not a Vorkosigan book, don’t be. Take the plunge and pick this one up. You won’t regret it. Bujold’s hit another home run.
 
I really enjoy the way religion is portrayed in this book; I like the way its effect on the details of daily life have been thought through, including what being a saint might actually be like, and I also find the religion itself quite appealing. The problem, if you consider it a problem, is that theology ends up tying the plot into a very neat circle—too neat from some people, and I confess it bothered me somewhat as well, though I can see how it follows from the world's internal logic. If you're the kind of person that this sort of thing really bothers, don't read Chalion. Otherwise, I strongly recommend it.
lisäsi tcgardner | muokkaaSteelypips, Kate Nepveu (Apr 18, 2002)
 

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Originally published by Eos, (c2001), ISBN: 0380979012
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A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is as assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must ultimately lead him to the place he most fears: the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions. but it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge -- an act that will mark the loyal, damaged servant as a tool of the miraculous ... and trap him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death.

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