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.
After I read The Curse of Chalion last year, it became one of my all-time favorite fantasy novels. Paladin of Souls is a fitting sequel; it was a delight to visit this world again.
Lois McMaster Bujold's characters are well-drawn and believable. Ista's struggles to find the meaning in her life after the tragedies she has gone through will resonate with anyone who has gone through a similar experience, and the brothers who are central to the story are both honorable men trapped in a horrendous situation that's not of their making.
I like the fact that these books are character-driven; many fantasies have turned me off with their long, drawn out, chapter-after-chapter descriptions of battles. There are battles in this book, but descriptions are kept to a reasonable length.
Narrator Kate Reading does her usual masterful job in bringing these characters to life.
If you enjoy fantasy, do yourself a favor and read/listen to Curse of Chalion and then Paladin of Souls. I'm going to buy the final book set in this world with my next credit.
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
Set in the same kingdom and just after the previous book, Paladin of Souls follows a completely different character out from a perceived madness/depression persona to a great heroine. Thoroughly enjoyed the character development and spirited progress and pace of the storyline.
As much as I've always liked Ms. Bujold's Vorkosigan stories -- and look forward to more of them -- she truly shines in her fantasies based in the world of Chalion. I've read and/or listened to all of them at least twice. The characterizations ring true, and individual personalities stand out very clearly. For this audio version, Kate Reading brings everyone to life quite clearly and distinctly. Whatever the story, the reader(s)/performer(s) make or break the experience for the listener. Ms. Reading not only does not disappoint, she excels. I will not hesitate to listen to anything she reads that falls in my sphere of interest. Story and reader both highly recommended.
I completely utterly enjoyed this audio book. I found myself eagerly waiting for the opportunity to continual my listening. Kate Reading is an wonderful reader I will be looking for more books read by her. Lois Bujoid has created is believable alternate universe were the gods interact with their chosen. The universe has a logic of it's own. I was remained a little of the Kushiel series.
This book is an excellent blend of a good tale, witty characters, and with suspenseful presentation.
Kate Reading's awesome narration is wonderfully master crafting.
A wonderful combination.
I actually like this one better than the first one. While they are not particularly a 'series' it does follow one of the side characters.
It explains a bunch more of the "why" and "how" and it was very well integrated.
Well done LMB.
Lois McMaster Bujould is a writer who is a master storyteller. There are so few of them Robert A Hienlien, Robert Jordon, and Andre Norton to name a some of the Best. Like those authors Lois grabs your mind and twists it so that belief is suspended until when the last page is done it requires an effort of will to return from the world she has built in your mind.
Paladin of Souls is a different story from most of her writing but she as usual used all her skill to build a wonderful tale. It is well worth the time invested to listen to this book.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
Dear Lois McMaster Bujold,
My introduction to your writing was with The Warrior’s Apprentice. It was where I started my search to learn about this Vorkosigan saga thing. Sorry Lois, I did not get it. I just could not see what all the hoopla was about. I gave you another shot. I had no desire to move on through the series. You seemed like a nice enough lady, though, so I tried The Curse of Chalion. OMG, you blew my socks off. I absolutely loved the story and the Cazaril in particular. I could not wait to get to the next book in the trilogy, Paladin of Souls. Cotton-picker, if it wasn’t Vorkosigan all over again. I could not believe this was the same author of Chalion #1. I think it’s okay for books within a series to be radically different from the perspective of maybe time and place but, even with the same (well kinda same character) (okay he became a she but she was in book 1) character the writing and style seemed completely different. Why did you do that?
Conclusion: I still think you’re someone I’ll come back to again but only because of “Curse.” But, because of those other two, it’ll probably be awhile.
Have a happy New Year, Lois,
"Curse of Chalion" was so good, but somehow things went off the rails with this one.
Bujold got the characters, setting and world spot on. The only thing missing was a good story. I guess too that Ista just aint Cazaril.
Maybe my hopes were just too high after "Curse"; I gave up on this after about 3/4s of the way through. Someday, I'll give it another goal.
Give it a try but don't expect too, too much.