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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,799 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Curse of Chalion Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rich in sumptuous detail and speculative theology…This engaging installment of Chalion’s mythical history whets the appetite for new marvels yet to come.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bujold’s sequel to The Curse of Chalion introduces a middle-aged heroine of great courage and hidden resources. [Bujold] demonstrates her storytelling skill and artful humor in an engaging fantasy that belongs in most libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Superbly and smartly written, this novel will entice even those readers not traditionally drawn to fantasy.”


  • “A wonderful example of the perfect pairing of story and voice...Kate Reading sounds like royalty in every book she narrates…her ability to enunciate without sounding like she is working at it lends itself beautifully to Lady Ista…[A] step above the ordinary in fantasy literature and audiobooks.”


  • Winner of the 2004 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2004 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie | 1/28/2014

    " Wow, I can see why this won so many awards. I couldn't put it down! I found both the main character and storyline more engaging in this book than in the prequel (Curse of Chalion, which had a much more traditional storyline). I highly recommend it if you like fantasy novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Holly Heisey | 1/22/2014

    " Anything by Bujold is amazing, and this was no exception. I didn't care as much for Ista, though, as I did Cazaril, the main character of the first book in the series. But the plot, as always, was killer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hallie | 1/1/2014

    " It would have got a 5 for the wonderful gods, especially the Bastard, but for the fat character's presentation - "lardy" as a descriptive adjective for someone's face is just not on - and he was wasted, dwindling into a caricature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Korynn | 12/29/2013

    " Okay, reading the Curse of Chalion helps to understand references in this book, such as the world in which the characters move and introductions to the characters, but I enjoyed this book WAY more than COC and so highly recommend it. It features an older woman who realizes that she has a second chance for a new life and how she battles herself and heals her wounds and generally comes to understand herself and her past choices, reconciling her past with her future, and finally embracing her value as a whole person. It's spiritual and profound and an epic journey with demons and battle. "

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