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Friday, June 1, 2018

The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold

After spending several years as a prisoner of war, Cazaril is finally released. He returns to the noble household where he once served, hoping to live a relative life of anonymity for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, he is recognized and swiftly promoted to be the secretary-tutor of the royal family. This station will surely lead him into the dangers of court life, where he will encounter enemies who had previously kept him locked away. In order to protect both himself and his charge, he must employ magics of the darkest nature, which will entrap his soul.

I read this book because I was originally interested in Paladin of Souls, but discovered it was the second in the series. This first book sounded like an interesting book with political intrigue, dark magic, and mystery; however, after reading it the only thing I liked was the concept. Cazaril is an uninteresting and dull character, whose background is never fully given to the reader despite the book being written in third person limited point of view. His relationships with other characters in the book are flat, the political intrigue is ho-hum, and the magic could be interesting but not enough is revealed to make it alive. I hope that the second in the series is not as unsatisfying as this one.

Books in the Series:
Paladin of Souls
The Hallowed Hunt

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