‘The Curse of Chalion’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 46/200


The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 3/15/2018



A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril, has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, as the secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule.

It is an assignment Cazaril dreads, for it will ultimately lead him to the place he fears most, the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies, who once placed him in chains, now occupy lofty positions. In addition to the traitorous intrigues of villains, Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle, are faced with a sinister curse that hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle. Only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics, can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge—an act that will mark the loyal, damaged servant as a tool of the miraculous, and trap him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death.

Genres: Fantasy,  High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Medieval Fantasy, Classic

The Golden General’s Curse has befouled the noble house of Chalion

Spoiler-ific review

The World of the Five Gods series is probably my favorite series of all time. After reading three of the Penric books, I decided to fall back and re-read the novels upon which the novellas were based.

I’ve read ‘The Curse’ a half dozen times (or more) over the years, so many times that I’ve got most of the plot and story memorized.  I can’t give an unbiased review of this book because I love it too much. I love the Medieval Spanish setting. I love how spiritual the religion is. I love the plot. I love the damaged characters.

Go read it. This is probably the best Medieval Fantasy book published in the last ten years.

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