World of the Five Gods: Chalion

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 7,327 ratings

The Hallowed Hunt Publisher's Summary

Lois McMaster Bujold returns to the vivid, perilous world of her previous masterworks, the Hugo Award-winning Paladin of Souls and Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated The Curse of Chalion, with this tale of devotion and strange destiny.

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. His mission is an ugly and delicate one, for the imminent death of the old Hallow King has placed the crown in play, and the road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

©2005 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Hallowed Hunt

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 982
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 595
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 602

    The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods

    • By Rose on 04-25-07

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 1.5

    • Penric’s Demon

    • A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 517
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 475

    On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is the Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Kinder, Gentler Demon

    • By Carol on 01-10-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 1.6

    • Penric and the Shaman

    • The Penric & Desdemona Series, Book 2
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321

    In this novella set in the World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a "Locator" of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fun Penric adventure

    • By Jerri C on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 1.7

    • Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods

    • Penric & Desdemona, Book 3
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 301

    Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems. Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse follows for the general and his kin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penric and Desdemona continue

    • By Jerri C on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • The Curse of Chalion

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What makes a hero... LMB knows

    • By Terri on 04-12-12

    Regular price: $34.96

  • Book 3

    • Paladin of Souls

    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

    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 Chalion.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Sequel

    • By Dave S on 04-02-05

    Regular price: $27.97