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Adult/High School-Iselle, the royesse (princess) of Chalion, and her lady-in-waiting, Bertriz, need a new tutor. Cazaril, the man chosen for the job, has been scarred, physically and mentally, from secret betrayals by the very people who now rule Chalion through Iselle's uncle, and who seek to control her younger brother, the heir, as well. To rescue the royesse, and save Chalion, Cazaril must play matchmaker between Iselle and the prince of another realm, fight off assassins, lift a century-old curse, and risk everything-learning not to run from his own love for Bertriz-along the way. Bujold weaves a convincing and captivating fantasy world, well researched, with magic that works and gods that live without destroying the balance of this medieval society. Cazaril's life is rich with detail, and plays a part in the conclusion. The villains are believably motivated. The young heroines are deeply sympathetic characters as well. Readers will find themselves rooting for the good guys, while still uncertain that all can end without at least one of them suffering a dire fate. A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read.
Paul Brink, Fairfax County Public Library System, VA
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Betrayed by an unknown enemy into slavery, former soldier and courtier Lupe dy Cazaril escapes his bondage and returns to the royal household he once served. Entrusted with the teaching of the sister to the heir to the throne of Chalion, Cazaril finds himself drawn into a tangled web of politics and dark magic as he battles a curse that threatens the lives and souls of a family he has come to love. The author of the "Vorkosigan" series of dynastic sf turns her hand as competently and engagingly to the fantasy genre in a tale of quiet heroism and self-sacrifice. Compelling characters and richly detailed world building make this a strong addition to fantasy collections.
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Disclaimer: Reviews will mainly concentrate on novels that I enjoyed, and in writing them I will attempt to be succinct and to avoid all manner of spoilery comments. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2011 by Zafri M.
This novel, somewhat different than her Miles books, is a stunning display of fantasy talent.
The book not only contains all the right elements, but weaves them together well... Read more
Damn, this book was great! It was the first non-Miles book I've read of Bujold's, and it was wonderful! Read morePublished on April 14 2004
This book is of a very high quality writing, characters wonderfully drawn, likeable, plot is quite unique, not a lot of magic in it which is ok here. Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Jenny Sue
Many other good reviews already exist about this book. All I wanted to say was that I feel terrible about only being able to give this book 5 stars. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Michael G. Bailey
A perfectly woven mystery within the adventure, and a mystical dimension made far more real than fantasy writers generally do.Published on March 3 2004 by Bobby R. Treat
Well writen toughtout book. Bujold create a very interesting world. Similar enough to our own world, yet vastly different in their religious beliefs to make the story... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004
There are a few things I have come to expect from Lois McMaster Bujold:
1. Intelligent and atypical main characters
2. Excellent world-building
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