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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,823 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Curse of Chalion Series Release Date:
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Lord Cazaril has been, in turn, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Cazaril finds himself promoted to the exalted and dangerous position of tutor to Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalion’s throne.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nicely detailed and wittily accented…Here’s hoping it launches a series of tales as well told as the Vorkosigan volumes.”


  • “Bujold weaves a convincing and captivating fantasy world, well researched, with magic that works and gods that live without destroying the balance of this medieval society. Cazaril’s life is rich with detail and plays a part in the conclusion. The villains are believably motivated. The young heroines are deeply sympathetic characters as well. Readers will find themselves rooting for the good guys, while still uncertain that all can end without at least one of them suffering a dire fate. A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[Bujold] turns her hand as competently and engagingly to the fantasy genre in a tale of quiet heroism and self-sacrifice. Compelling characters and richly detailed world building make this a strong addition to fantasy collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bujold excels at creating complex characters you care for, and at catching them up in terrific action-adventure stories laced with thoughtful ponderings on ethics and religion. James does an excellent job with this tale…He strikes just the right note throughout all the twists and turns of the plot.”


  • “This is one of the great ones.”

    Science Fiction Chronicle

  • “Lloyd James excels. Subtle tonal shifts distinguish James’ characters, enabling him to voice male and female characters of all ages, of upper and lower castes—with equal acumen.”

    Amazing Stories 

  • “Chock full of motivated and interesting characters, classic political machinations, two genuine romances, surprising plot twists, and everyone’s favorite theme, betrayal. This is the equivalent of a seven-course meal for any audiobook listener.”


  • A 2002 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2002 Mythopoeic Award
  • A 2002 Hugo Award Nominee
  • A 2002 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/17/2014

    " I am finding that I love Bujolds fantasy series far better than the science fiction series. Having started with the second book and then reading the first, I had some idea that all would work out in the end but it didn't ruin the story at all. There is a fabulous main character, a gripping storyline, gods you might not want to answer your prayers and lots of action. This series was a great find. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diane | 2/8/2014

    " This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it? I was sucked in from the first page on. Wonderful character development and terrific plotting. I can't wait to read the sequel. I hope it is as terrific! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by BarkLessWagMore | 1/26/2014

    " This was a great fantasy with very well rounded characterization. Cazaril is a man in need of solace. Scarred both mentally and physically and aged beyond his years he returns to the House of Chalion where he served as a page in his youth. He is then appointed secretary to the royess and her lady in waiting. Treachery, politics and, of course, the curse of Chalion, all distrupt Cazaril's solitude. At times, the pace is a tad too slow, but the interesting characters kept me hanging on to the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Siobhan | 1/25/2014

    " Excellent fantasy novel about a man discovering his worth and his willingness to serve. A little more . . . religious? than your average sword-and-sorcery novel. Absolutely love it. "

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