Paladin of Souls

Paladin of Souls

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One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once more to a dark and troubled land and embroils us in a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered souls of a realm.

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 all 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 unforeseen 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.

Publisher: New York : EOS/HarperCollins, [2003]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780380979028
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 456 pages ; 24 cm


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BostonPL_VeronicaKM Jul 18, 2018

A middle-aged widowed ex-saint/accidental murderess goes on a road trip to find herself and ends up helping to fight off a demon invasion. Everyone who likes fantasy should read this book immediately -- Lois McMaster Bujold is a wizard with words and a fresh breath of air in the dudebro landscape of high fantasy.

SPPL_János Mar 13, 2018

This character-based adventure shares the well-realized medieval world of "The Curse of Chalion" but works as a standalone. Bujold builds a detailed plot involving political intrigue and a surprisingly interesting theology of gods and demons around her likeable characters. There's some action and a good dose of romance, weaving into a very satisfying whole.

Jul 23, 2015

Really enjoyed this fantastical story of Ista's battle with the darkness that surrounds her. A lovely follow up from "The Curse of Chalion" but can be read as a stand alone.

Mar 11, 2015

One of best books I've read in a while. It has everything you need for a good story, action, faith, war, demons, and gods. I also appreciated the strong older female character. I especially enjoyed that she had a romantic relationship develop but it was managed tastefully and joyously. This is a book ii highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story, but especially those who want to see women portrayed in a range of roles.

Jul 28, 2012

One of my favorite books in the whole world. Whenever a friend wants a book recommendation, this is the one I hand them. One of Bujold's best works, deep and entertaining at the same time.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 04, 2011

This book gives a lot to think about in terms of divine intervention, fate, damnation and redemption. It's also nice to see a story with an older protagonist. It helps if you've read "Curse of Challion" first, but it's not necessary.

Apr 10, 2010

This follows after the curse of
challion. AgIN CHARACTER is very important.

Jul 26, 2008

finally, a fantasy book about an older female character. The queen mother goes on a pilgrimage, spirits and magic ensue. A dark story with demons and battles.


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