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Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction: Fantasy. Unabridged Audio from Blackstone Audio, Inc. Recorded in 2005. 16 hours and 22 minutes. Narrated by Kate Reading. Purchased from Audible.com.

I saw this book recommended on another book blog, liked the description offered and decided to give it a listen. This is my first book by Bujold, and I found it to be very enjoyable. Even though it is a second book in a series it stood alone very well. The narration was well done (I’ve listened to several books narrated by Reading and she always does an excellent job). If you enjoy Fantasy and would like a book with a heroine that isn’t the typical young thing I’d recommend Paladin of Souls.

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.

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