The Curse of Chalion

Version: Unabridged
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Narrator: Lloyd James
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2004
# of Units: 15 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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.

Reviews (4)

Great Book

Written by Elorah from Peculiar, MO on September 6th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the first book I've read by this author and I loved it. I will definitely go back for more. The premiss was intriguing and it was masterfully written not to give away exactly which direction the story ends up taking. I grew to love the characters and ended up listening to the book in the house instead of just the car because I couldn't wait to know what happened to them.

Great book!

Written by Jessica Campbell-Smith from Palm City, FL on September 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. I thought the narrator did a great job with all the voices. Especially the main character's voice, Lord Cazaril. He sounded like Campbell Scott a little, one of my favorite narrators. I really enjoyed the silent hero type portrayed by Cazaril and found myself routing for him and his charge Iselle, an equally likeable and admirable young female character. There's love and betrayal and intrigue and mystery and a nice moral to the story. After 15 CD's I found I was always interested and could have listed to 15 more.

The Curse of Chalion

Written by Mark Pope on December 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Exceptional! The author has an unparalleled ability to paint portraits of characters that are both realistic and entertaining. This one gets you from the start and keeps interest high throughout. This is not the usual formula driven sword and sorcery novel where action dictates pace, rather this novel lets character development dictate pace and story.

Read this book!

Written by ABW on November 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. Bujold has created a fully-realized world with a believable societal structure and a wonderful religious framework. Her plotting is exquisite and her details are sumptuous. I hope that she keeps writing in this world.

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,