I found that this was a good sequel to "The Curse of Chalion" which I enjoyed also. These books are very unique in their storylines. The world of these stories is medievil-like in setting and titles, but the main story is in the fantasy theology of it's religion. I thought this makes the books very interesting.
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
Paladin of Souls is an engaging and interesting novel! I found it increasingly difficult (impossible) to stop listening to it the deeper I got into it.
Clear voiced, thoughtful, and sensitive Kate Reading does a fine job reading it, doing a light British accent for the main narration and the protagonist Ista and just gruff enough voices for men and just high enough voices for younger women and just cracked enough voices for old people.
Paladin of Souls has plenty of action (demonic attacks and desperate raids) and romance (dashing lords and resurrecting kisses). It goes well with Bujold's The Curse of Chalion. Both novels stand fine separately, but both are complementary, well-written, engrossing, and exciting stories with interesting depictions of gods and demons and free will, the earlier novel from a male perspective (with grizzled ex-soldier, ex-slave Caz the hero) and the later book from a female perspective (with self-denying but life-affirming Royina Dowager Ista the heroine). Ista is such a strong and sympathetic female character, and even the supporting characters like Foix, Goram, Liss, and dedicate dy Cabon are appealing and convincing. And the situation involving the brothers Arhys and Illvin, Arhys' wife Catty, a demon, and Ista, is fascinating and moving.
A great listen.
I was apprehensive about buying this book. I loved The Curse of Challion, but the idea of a fantasy book written by a middle aged woman, with a middle aged woman heroine did not appeal to me. I glad I got over my bias and listen to this book. It has an excellent story. My only complaint is that it can be difficult to follow the character’s names and relations. This probably would not have been an issue if I would have read the book instead of listening to the book.
A great story, very well told. I think it was better than Curse of Chalion which is saying something because that was a great story too. Another good fantasy with no Lord of the Rings comparisons. The characters really develop thought the story and it was a joy to listen to.
I've listened to hundreds of audio books, but I think this was the best so far. I loved the first book, Curse of Chalion, and this was even better! I wound up taking a 3 hour bath in cold water because I didn't want to stop listening. I'm sorry it's over.
I hope we hear more from Ista and Di Cazirel!
It's a bit slow to get moving, and not quite as engrossing as the first book, but it definitely has the same intriguing speculative theology and intrigue - all spiced with good humour and engaging characters. The narrator is a pleasure to listen to, and the story moves along at an good pace (after the first hour or two). I will definitely watch for any more books by this author, I find her work interesting and enjoyable.
I'd read the novel before, but Kate Reading's narration brought to life several portions I'd forgotten or missed the first time. Ista is a challenging, nuanced character, who goes through a personal conversion, and Reading makes her, and the other characters, come to life. The novel itself follows the wanderings of Ista, a minor character in the previous novel (The Curse of Chalion), who has set out on a religious pilgrimage in order to escape the restraints of life in other later mother's estate. Though her faith in the gods is deeply shaken, she comes to enjoy the wandering and care for the young men and women who attend her, and dreads the return to home. Before that can happen, an unexpected encounter with a raiding force leads her to meet the son of a man she once assisted in killing, and the gods call on her talents again.
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Paladin of Souls was a great book. There were bits of dialog that stopped me dead in my tracks because they made me THINK. When a fantasy story can make a point about life that applies to the real world, it has accomplished more than entertainment. I liked the fact that the main character in this book was a supporting character from Curse of Chalion even though the two books were mostly independent of each other. This book was my favorite of the three I have listened to so far.