Welcome to sainthood, Cazaril. By the gods’ blessings, you get to host miracles! The catch is, you don’t get to choose what they are…The Curse of Chalion is yet another example of Lois McMaster Bujold’s wonderful storytelling ability. At the beginning of the book, Cazaril is a broken man. He has been betrayed, physically and emotionally assaulted, and falsely accused. Like some of the main characters in Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, Cazaril is also a man of high moral integrity and honor. He goes back to the castle where he served in his youth. There he is appointed to the roles of secretary and tutor to a young woman. The rest of the story involves his attempts to teach and protect her.
I admire Bujold’s ability to tug at my heartstrings. I stayed up way too late last night so that I could find out what finally happens to Cazaril. The Curse of Chalion was nominated for a number of awards and is the prequel to Paladin of Souls, a Hugo winner.