Paladin of Souls

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Narrator: Kate Reading
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2005
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 17 minutes
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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 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 unforseen 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 (2)

Paladin of Souls

Written by Mark Pope on January 23rd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

You know that warm, satisfied, cheshire cat I know something you don't know feeling you get when you find an author worth following? Lois McMaster Bujold is one of those authors. This is the second book in a series though there is very little overlap in characters between the two so starting here would work. The characters are finely drawn with plausible details that make them all the more human. The focus remains on the characters with the author using the sword & sorcery genre as a jumping off point rather than a focus, though there is enough action to please.

Excellent plot, excellent style

Written by Anonymous from Sterling, VA on March 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Louis McMaster Bujold makes this fantasy story come alive with masterful writing and storytelling. The sentences in and of themselves are little gems. The integrated style of character and place names makes the world come to life. Best of all, the main character is a middle-aged woman whose life experience and losses are a realistic. This is fantasy writing at its very best.

Author Details

Author Details

Bujold, Lois McMaster

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the scene in 1986 with "Shards of Honor", the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for best novel ("Falling Free" and "Paladin of Souls"), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel ("Paladin of Souls", "The Vor Game", "Barrayar", and "Mirror Dance"), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella "The Mountains of Mourning". Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages. The mother of two,