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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.

©2004 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critiques

"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....A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read." ( School Library Journal)

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  • Terri
  • 12/04/2012

What makes a hero... LMB knows

I have yet to read any of LMB's work that does not play the full range of my emotions. She has an incredible knack of turning a person cursed with seemingly unconquerable disabilities of the mind, body or/and heart, giving them an impossible set of tasks and turning them into a hero that takes the reader on a wonderful adventure.

I thoroughly enjoyed the world she has spun with the Chalion series. It does a brilliant job at showing the multi layers that make up each true humans.

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  • Pete
  • 17/08/2004

Excellent Fantasy... Epic in feel, finite in pace

Although "Paladin of Souls" ties to this book and thereby engenders the label "series", the satisfaction of completing this well told tale with an actual ending cannot be denied. In the genre of Epic Fantasy with it's continuing storylines and characters, "The Curse of Chalion" encapsulates that flowing grandness into a single volume and deservedly leaves us wanting more. Not needing it, wanting it. That being said, Bujold's mastery of her craft is evident here with an intruiging deep portrayal of her protagonist, Caz. His journey is profound and heartfelt as it winds it's way along it's surprising path. The reading is excellent and kept me immersed throughout.

Well done by all.

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  • Robert
  • 20/12/2011

Brilliant in every respect

When if first heard the voice of the protagonist, Lord Cazaril in The Curse of Chalion, I thought oh brother, this is not going to be good. Was I ever wrong. The narrator Lloyd James was brilliant. This is one of those rare books where the hero is about as reluctant or prepared as one can be to be a hero. But quite the spectacular one he is. This is the perfect fairytale.

While only middle-aged, in those days (whenever that was), he is certainly not young and virile. No, he is beaten-down and crippled by years on a slave ship. But his heart is strong and his mind is as sharp as ever and he rises to every occasion to meet and successfully deal with adversity. Adversity does not often come in the form of knockdown, drag out, hand-to-hand combat or epic wars but skillful and intelligent (often in spite of himself) dealings in royal politics and usually not so adroit magic. And this is a magical story.

While not originally drawn to the book by the court intrigue and romance, what the magic and even religion contributed, it all worked to draw me in deeply to a captivating world and a very sweet story. This was another example of a narrator adding a whole other dimension to the book. I loved it.

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  • Mysticalsister
  • 30/10/2009

Action, Magic, Romance = Absolute Heaven!

A grizzled galley slave turns out to be a hero, and a very high magician. And that's just the beginning!

For anyone looking for a new series, or a new brilliant story teller, or a great reader -- look no further. Curse of Chalion is brilliant. I promise you will fall in love with the characters. LMB has a unique ability to create a world that comes alive. I enjoyed every minute of my time in Chalion, and know I will revisit it over and over again.

Also: Do NOT miss the sequel, Paladin of Souls. It is every bit as good. And when you've finished both of them, start the Sharing Knife series. It's exquisite, too! Then, it's on to the Vor books!

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  • S. Marie
  • 03/08/2004

An imperfect hero captures your heart.

Though somewhat lacking in action, this tale of court intrigue and death magic held me in thrall. As in real life, the main characters were neither purely good nor evil. And most are far from perfect. The main protagonist is a case in point, he is an embittered, semi-crippled man, who is neither young nor handsome, yet his plight grabs the reader and the portrayal of his every action rings true-to-life.. This is a solid story unlike any other fantasy I?ve yet read, and well worth the book credit.

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  • Christopher
  • 17/12/2004

Perfect storytelling

The Curse of Chalion by Louise McMaster Bujold

This was my most recent Audible listen, and is most definitely one of the best single (non series) audiobooks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.

This book is not epic fantasy, high fantasy, or dark fantasy, it falls somewhere in what I would call middle fantasy.

It has a low-magic feel, and is more character driven than any other fantasy piece I can remember. It would definitely appeal to mainstream fiction fans. I don't have any negative comments on this book, it was a fine example of what a fantasy novel should be.

This book gets a perfect 5 from me, and that's saying something, because I don't think I've ever given a perfect score to a fantasy novel before, not even to Tolkien, sorry.

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  • Eric C. Zawadzki
  • 10/05/2008

Good, solid read

This book hasn't changed fantasy fiction forever, but I definitely enjoyed reading it and would read another book by this author. The world-building isn't amazingly cutting edge, but it's solid and internally consistent. The protagonist isn't utterly unique in the genre, but he's sympathetic, and the supporting characters serve their intended purposes. The plot is relatively straightforward, though there are a few delightful little twists. The writing style relies on a lot of internal monologue and narrative exposition, but this is hardly the only book in the genre to do so, and I've seen many books that did it less successfully. The narrator does a good job distinguishing the voices of the fairly large cast of characters.

In all, I was completely satisfied with this book and its presentation.

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  • JPaladin
  • 07/11/2014

Very different, thoughtful read

You follow a broken man back from complete destitution into the heart of a political & mythical struggle.

Yet, this isn't the tried powerless learns to be powerful story-line. It takes you along on a somewhat complicated and usual path. While there is some action, it is far from action packed.

I would recommend it.

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  • Todd
  • 02/09/2014

Excellent Series,, Very different,

Any additional comments?

Not your standard hero story, , from where this story starts to where it finishes is a great ride. I like a deep plot with lots of twists

Unassuming hero,, uses his brain instead of the sword. I just finished the second book and it is as good as the first. I am downloading the Third..

I highly Recommend this series..... even if the 3rd book sucks the first two make it worth the credits.

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  • Ryan
  • 07/03/2012

Enjoyable character-driven fantasy

I'm already a fan of Bujold's science fiction Vorkosigan series, though it's a little pulpy. This is the first fantasy novel of hers that I've read, and I found the writing and story a cut above the aforementioned books. The characters are interesting and the protagonist, a now crippled and humbled former nobleman soldier with his best years seemingly behind him, is somewhat atypical. Unlike many other fantasy writers, Bujold focuses on intrigue and relationships over swordplay and sorcery, though the plot's not without the latter. She also develops a tasteful but interesting theology.

While the story gets a little conventional in places, I enjoyed my time in Chalion's world. As for the audiobook experience, I thought the narrator sounded a little slow and medicated at first, but once I got used to his voice, it was fine.

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  • KaSt
  • 02/11/2017

Great.

The Curse of Chalion is a great story, well written and colourful fantasy, with likable characters and a pretty positive message.
The speaker was pretty good but at times, with some characters, annoying.

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  • bazipapa
  • 13/04/2017

Sprecher gewöhnungsbedüftig, Buch top

Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Curse of Chalion auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

Nicht auf Platz eins, dazu LESE ich das Buch zu gerne. Aber unter den ersten 10 möglicherweise schon.

Welcher Moment von The Curse of Chalion ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Einige Details hatte ich bisher immer überlesen, beim Hören werden einem andere Sachen bewusst als beim Lesen. Das finde ich spannend, wenn es ein Buch ist, das ich bereits kenne.

Welche drei Worte charakterisieren Ihrer Meinung nach am besten die Lesung von Lloyd James?

Eigenwillig, heiser, Schluckgeräusche.
Ältere Charaktere klingen bei Lloyd James leicht heiser und greisenhaft. Manche Frauenfiguren wie die Provincara und Ista recht krätzig bzw. zu schräg, aber ich mag die tiefe Stimme, die er dem Helen verpasst hat und seine eigene, relativ jung wirkende Stimme.
Seltsam waren die Schluckgeräusche, die man z.T. gehört hat, aber irgendwie hatte das auch seinen Reiz.

Hätten Sie das Hörbuch am liebsten in einem Rutsch durchgehört?

Hab ich fast. Ich liebe das Buch, also hab ich auch das Hörbuch fast in einem Rutsch gehört.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Curse of Chalion ist der erste Band der sehr locker zusammenhängenden Chalion-Serie von Lois Bujold. Eigentlich muss man nichts wissen, um einzusteigen.
Es schadet nicht, sich auf ein etwas geruhsameres Tempo einlassen zu wollen, denn Cazaril, die Hauptfigur, ist kein Jungspund mehr und über weite Strecken des Buches auch eher angeschlagen. Kein Miles Vorkosigan aus ihren anderen Büchern. Aber genauso sympathisch :-)