Three years have transpired since the dowager widow Royina Ista escaped the curse of insanity that held her in her family's castle. Freedom may cost her much; however, as memory, regret, and guilt hover over her, she sets on a quest, to find a different kind of freedom.
What else has been released besides Royina? The demons and gods beyond the border fortress of Porifors. Though Royina wants to think that she and her wandering entourage move about of their own accord, something more sinister on that side could be guiding their path.
Encountering a warrior noble, Royina becomes uncertain of how long their alliance will last, for their secrets seem woven together by a fate beyond their control. Will the gods ask again for Royina to set her country on the brink of destruction? Find out in this second book of the Chalion series: Paladin of Souls.
Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949 in Ohio. She is a science fiction and fantasy writer, one of the most renowned in her genres, winning the Hugo Award four times, once for Paladin of Souls. She attributes her love of science fiction to her father, a world famous engineer, and has often felt she had to grow out from under the shadow of his prestige. Overcoming rejection of her writing, she eventually found success. She now lives in Minnesota and is divorced, with two children.
Follow Lois McMaster Bujold, one of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, to a land threatened by treacherous war and beset by demons.
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 at Valenda. Yet her newfound freedom is bittersweet, and so the road, and escape, beckons.
As Ista and her little party of pilgrims wander at will, they are unexpectedly set upon. But a mysterious ally appears, a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion’s castle cannot ease Ista’s mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods’ own weaving.
What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply. Download and start listening now!