[PDF] The Curse of Chalion

  • Hardcover
  • 502
  • The Curse of Chalion
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • English
  • 05 July 2020
  • 9780606297820

Lois McMaster Bujold ↠ 4 review

The Curse of Chalion review ð 104 Lois McMaster Bujold ↠ 4 review Summary The Curse of Chalion 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 secretary tutor to the beautiful strong willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule It is as assignment Cazaril dreads for it must ultimately lead him to. when i was younger i was always confused by the moniker of Adult Fantasy less used today but common decades ago i assumed it meant Sexy Sextime and possibly Ultra Violence but that was never the case what it ended up meaning to me was BORING I Can t Finish Thiswell now that i am clearly an adult i get it for example Curse of Chalion this is definitely an Adult Fantasy it does not feature sex if anything it is rather pleasingly old fashioned and discreet about sex and it does not feature extreme violence the violent moments are just that moments and there is no juvenile dwelling on the pornography of blood guts pain although there is definitely blood guts and pain in our protagonist s lifeCurse of Chalion is Adult Fantasy in a few waysfirst it is all about the interior life and the slow burning changes in a broken man he is a man in constant turmoil one who lives in fear due to his tormented past and the betrayals that haunt him one whose path appears to be a slow step by step attempt at staying under the radar while looking out for the interests of those he loves Cazaril is a hero but not an easy one action is not his automatic response and so when it does occur it is genuinely thrilling the reader will find little knee jerk wish fulfillment in his carefully considered feints moves he is one of the most thoughtful protagonists i ve come across in Fantasy and a truly Grown Up Adult Herosecond the pacing is very deliberate this is not a novel where action jumps off the page in a big rush it moves at a conservative pace bringing the reader along on Cazaril s slow journey it forces you into understanding what makes the man why he acts the way he does before finally picking up the pace and beginning Adventure Time if you can even call such a thoughtful progression An Adventure it seems almost purposefully designed to throw off the rather shallow needs of the thrill seeking reader and i include myself in that group the book is thoughtfulthird religion is front and center there is magic in Curse of Chalion Death Magic even but it is linked entirely with the worship of 5 gods goddesses it is a painful sort of magic it is a deep and rich and nuanced portrait of religion i loved it the novel s intense and nuanced focus on faith and spirituality was my favorite part of the experienceand finally it features the inclusion of a major supporting character who is ueer it did not feel arbitrary the character is not there as some form of liberal tokenism there was no stereotypical nonsense to annoy me and the character and his actions are completely organic to the story he is not shoe horned into the narrative as a ueer i really appreciate this sensitive realistic and exploitation free approach

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The Curse of Chalion review ð 104 Lois McMaster Bujold ↠ 4 review Summary The Curse of Chalion Ouse of Chalion and all who stand in their circle And 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. Fantasy books these days are often rough They swear they rape they mutilate and pillage They are dark or grimdark or realistic I like this trend a lot but once in a while there comes a book that is none of thatEnter The Curse of the Chalion This book is polite It s uiet and beautiful perhaps sophisticated sometimes It tells a great story and has a very relatable and likeable main protagonistCazaril our main character and only view point perspective is 35 In the course of the story he turns 36 which is my age right now so I can perfectly relate to himIt s a pleasure to read about his kindness his intelligence and humilityKudos to the author who created a very believeable character Especially the way she approaches Cazaril s thoughts regarding falling in love with a younger woman and wheter it is appropriate or not to do so are very relateableBut the great way of characterization doesn t stop with Cazaril All the other charcters are beautifully drawn as well and it s a joy to read about themApart from the characters the world building is very interesting especially the very detailed religious systemAs you might have already guessed this one is no blockbuster action spectacle but merely a character driven tale of religion political manouvers and selfless sacrificeDelving into the world of Chalion is certainly not a curse it s a blessing for your soul

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The Curse of Chalion review ð 104 Lois McMaster Bujold ↠ 4 review Summary The Curse of Chalion The place he most fears the royal court of Cardegoss where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions but it is than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted H. The first time I read this I was torn between my respect for Bujold and the slow burning plot of this first fantasy I had ever read by her It didn t hurt that it was nominated for the Hugo as she had been nominated over and over winning several for her classic SF series but I was like What Fantasy But she s so excellent with SF why switch And then when I started reading it there were none of the fast paced elements or larger than life characters that I expectedIn fact other than the fact that Cazaril was a broken man like Miles he was pretty much Miles s opposite Steadfast principled not attention seeking reflective Cazaril is the definition of Loyalty To Another self effacing willing to sacrifice himself for a much greater goodThe house of Chalion is under a curse after all and even after Noble Cazaril s capture and having been turned into a slave his subseuent escape and reinsertion into his natural household he s still a conflicted and broken man in body and in spirit All he really has to hope for is supporting his liege woman This is NOT an action fantasy Indeed it s nearly spiritual in all the divine revelations There isn t much magic but don t worry the true delight is in the messes that the Five Gods make of the world The Bastard s death magic is particularly harrowing and it happens to have the largest role and plot significance in the novel The other fantastically creative part of this novel is it s devotion to characterization Bujold has always been a master at this and while this particular novel seems to be a large departure from what we have known we get through it feeling as if every character is as real as our own loved ones we handle and are horrified by all the political intrigues and machinations doing our absolute and not uite sufficient bestI feel a lot of sympathetic love for Cazaril and the characters that he loves Being broken is not the end It s difficult and painful and horrible but even in his darkest despair he still managed to keep being wise even in his several self sacrificesHow many main characters can you say that about That the plot wasn t driven by a main character s stupidity Exactly This is SUBVERSION OF THE FANTASY TROPE lolThis is a methodical and expertly paced fantasy but don t expect it to be flying It s very carefulBut the rewards are truly awesome