I really wanted to like this book, after enjoying "The Curse of Chalion" I wanted to see where the author could take the story next, what ideas could she explore. I think the problem at least for me, was the lack of dramatic tension.
She presents us with a protagonist The Dowager Royina Ista (the queen mother), who never gets emotionally involved in any situation. Add that to the fact that whenever there are brief periods where the heroine is in peril, they are always promptly fixed by some outside force, and you end up with a story that's hard to care about.
That said, it is a very comfortable book, a pleasant setting with nice characters, so it's not irritating.
Kate Reading's narration comes off a bit monotone.
This is one of my all time favorite stories with a plot and characters that draw you in and prose that makes you stop to re-read and delight in the lines. I would not have believed it could have been made any better by a narrator, however good. And then I nearly have to stop the car as I am struck by the lines and the voice. Kate Reading does not narrate the story - she pulls you in and you ARE the storey.
The Curse of Challion comes first in the series but shares the depth and story-world of this. Palladian of Souls is more the companion to "The Curse of Champion" than the sequel - you have only to choose between the story of Cazaril the man (Curse of Challion) and this (Palladin of Souls) the story of Ista the woman.
Nothing. This is an outstanding performance.
Say something about yourself!
Lois McMaster Bujold is a master of the craft of writing, storytelling, creating real characters ... and Kate Reading was an excellent match for bringing protagonist Ista to life. (Along with all the rest of the cast!) Paladin of Souls is a first-person narrative and includes a lot of internal monologue, and Kate manages to make it clear when Ista is talking out loud and when she's thinking something, or keeping a remark to herself. This book is the sequel to The Curse of Chalion and I recommend reading (or listening to) the first book first, as it's also an excellent novel and provides depth and background for this one.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
YES! Kate Reading is the master of all narrators!
I didn't LOVE The Curse of Chalion so I almost didn't even check out Paladin of Souls. When I saw Kate Reading was the narrator I JUMPED on it! If I had a soundtrack of life running in my head continuously Kate would be the narrator. I would listen to her read the phone book. She made this book come to life for me.
I will say this is a good book, but it is a truly deep and thoughtful book. It is not a mindless listen. It is so different than I expected. Very slow start but the end was worth it although don't expect too much! I am glad I listened, but since Kate doesn't narrate the last book in the trilogy I don't think I will venture into that one.
This book is very enjoyable, our main character is fantastic, the gods return with a joyful vengeance and all around this is a delightful read. To be honest, the plot was a bit transparent and left me a wanting a little more mystery in comparison to "The Curse of the Chalion". Pick this up for the character and world development, not the plot. :)
The main character thinking she was "washed up" and powerless but turned out she was far from it.
No...not really into fantasy.
Don't think so.
no, I didn't care for this story, as it took some weird suppositions to make it work.
Yes, probably so.
She did a creditable job.
I don't know.
A couple of things - the book is wonderfully written, with a well-realized universe and cosmos; and the reader had a great delivery, with good voicing and differentiation of characters, narration from dialogue and both from internal reflections of POV character.
I'm not sure I can pick one singe favorite character; Ista is wonderful. Arhys is truly heroic, as are Illvan and Goram. And Foix and Ferda and Liss. And then there's The Bastard.
She has a wonderful reading voice and, as I mentioned above, does a great job differentiating characters, dialogue, and interior reflection of POV character.
Where did all these demons COME from?!
I need to read this and The Curse of Chalion again - immediately!
The main character is interesting and unique, the reading is great, and together they create a character I'd have liked to spend more than one book with.
The beginning is a little slow, but well worth it.
I've listened to it several times, and will probably enjoy it again.
There's no need to listen to the rest of the series first, it's a good stand-alone.