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.
A pointless story prolonged with with hundreds of futile details to make it last. Hours and hours filled with empty words pretending tension. The characters stay totally flat all the time. This book has more than disappointed me. It's 16 hours of junk.
I listened this recording through, but was a little disappointed after The Curse of Chalion. I found the magic part of the tale wasn't that compelling. I did, however, enjoy the characters and the development of Ista further from The Curse of Chalion. The characters really come alive! Rated three stars.
Well written, gets off to a slow start. If you like sword and sorcery fantasy, forget it.Girls or sensitive types will enjoy this book
You know how when you are engrossed in a really good audio book you relax, take your time and enjoy the story? THIS IS NOT one of those. I been a member for about 2 years and I've gotten in the "audio book habit". I get in my car, I start the book on my PDA and I drive. Whether it's a 15 min trip or a 4 hr trip, if I'm in the car, a book is going.
I was so bored and annoyed with this one, I found myself hurrying to get where I was going and compelled to review this, in the hopes of sparing others. The other book by this author is slightly better, but a potentially good story line goes nowhere and was equally frustrating. This one just plain has no line, and while I liked Kate Reading in Jordan's unabridged works, I thought her delivery to be obnoxious in this one.
Save your credit(s) and use less gas.