The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion [4.5/5]
by Lois McMaster Bujold
(HarperTorch, a division of HarperCollins, Oct 2002)

Making a decided departure from her well-known Vorkosigan saga, Bujold delivers a fantasy novel full of intrigue. Cazaril, betrayed and crippled, thinking to throw himself upon the mercy of his former employer, instead finds himself appointed as the tutor to the sister of the heir to the throne. In this position, he becomes the unlikely champion and somewhat romantic hero of the princess Iselle and her lady-in-waiting Betriz. Turning to forbidden magics, Cazaril discovers that it will take a miracle (literally) to save his new mistress.

One of Bujold’s strengths lies in her ability to create characters that come alive for the reader, and Cazaril is no exception. Flawed, tragic, devoted, and compelling, he’s sympathetic throughout the story. The secondary characters, though it seems a shame to relegate them to such a label, are diverse and intriguing as well. Plot and subplot weave together in a tapestry of storytelling, and the world-building is evocative and detailed. It most certainly deserved its Hugo and World Fantasy nominations. Definitely recommended.

2 Responses to “The Curse of Chalion”

  1. Paul Says:

    I just recently finished it myself, and I completely agree with you. I need to put up a review on it on my own blog.

  2. Blog, Jvstin Style Says:

    Book Review XII

    This time around, I am going to talk about Lois McMaster Bujold’s THE CURSE OF CHALION, Jeffrey Carver’s DRAGONS IN THE STARS, and Martha Wells’ DEATH OF THE NECROMANCER….