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ISBN13: 9780380818600
ISBN10: 0380818604
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A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is as assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must ultimately lead him to the place he most fears: the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions. But it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge — an act that will mark the loyal, damaged servant as a tool of the miraculous...and trap him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death.

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"Nicely detailed and wittily accented....[H]ere's hoping it launches a series of tales as well told as the Vorkosigan volumes." Roland Green, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Fresh, intriguing, and as always from Lois McMaster Bujold, superb." Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time Series

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"Subtle yet powerful language raises this fantasy above most others in its genre, making it impossible to put down....Bujold's latest novel might just be what older Harry Potter fans are yearning for." VOYA

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"Boilerplate fantasy, with characters too often indistinguishable and, later, the deflating disclosure that everything that happens is some sort of divine plot. Overall, no better than average, but probably adequate for Bujold fans." Kirkus Reviews

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"A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read." School Library Journal

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"This is one of the great ones." Science Fiction Chronicle

About the Author

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst on to the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including the Nebula Award for Falling Free and three Hugo Awards for Best Novel: The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance; as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella Mountains of Mourning — she has, in fact, won more Hugo Awards for Best Novel than any other author with the exception of Robert A. Heinlein. Her previous novel, The Curse of Chalion, was on the final ballot for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel and it won the Mytheopeic Award. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Bethany Dotson, November 12, 2012 (view all comments by Bethany Dotson)
It has been a long time since I've read a fantasy book this good; I can't believe it took me so long to find you!

There's not much that ISN'T fantastic in this book. The characters are wonderful, real, vulnerable--the plot had me up late to get to the end--the world-building is flawless. It reminded me, in many ways, of Sherwood Smith's "Crown Duel," along with the other comparisons already made here (Robin Hobb, Patrick Rothfuss, in some ways, Scott Lynch, Guy Gavriel Kay, and especially Tad Williams).

I put this book down after turning the last page, thought about it for a minute, and then went and ordered the second and third books in the trilogy. If you're considering purchasing this one, consider no more--just hit that Buy button!
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Nancy McClure, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Nancy McClure)
Who knew that a book with a theme of religion (in a completely made-up and believable culture) would be fascinating to someone who has never had a religion?
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Eric Hamell, December 4, 2007 (view all comments by Eric Hamell)
How much did I like this book? Well, enough to inspire a filk song!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380818600
Author:
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Author:
Page, Katherine Hall
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Romance - Fantasy
Subject:
Blessing and cursing
Subject:
Men with disabilities
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20021001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.78x4.30x1.20 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages HarperTorch - English 9780380818600 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Nicely detailed and wittily accented....[H]ere's hoping it launches a series of tales as well told as the Vorkosigan volumes."
"Review" by , "Fresh, intriguing, and as always from Lois McMaster Bujold, superb." Robert Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of The Wheel of Time Series
"Review" by , "Subtle yet powerful language raises this fantasy above most others in its genre, making it impossible to put down....Bujold's latest novel might just be what older Harry Potter fans are yearning for."
"Review" by , "Boilerplate fantasy, with characters too often indistinguishable and, later, the deflating disclosure that everything that happens is some sort of divine plot. Overall, no better than average, but probably adequate for Bujold fans."
"Review" by , "A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read."
"Review" by , "This is one of the great ones."
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