There are two things you need to know about me: I'm a cheapskate and I love to reread books. (Hmm, are those qualities related?) It means that when I saw that the third book in Lois McMaster Bujold
's Chalion series was coming out in paperback on May 30th, I quickly grabbed the first two books off my shelves. I must
reread book one (The Curse of Chalion
) and book two (Paladin of Souls
) before I dip into book three (Hallowed Hunt
). I did a blurb for The Curse of Chalion
where I confessed that I almost called out sick just to read the book. That's how good it is.
I'll probably lose my geek status for admitting that I have never read Bujold's other books ? never gotten into the Vorkosigan books, I mean. And I couldn't read them now, not after experiencing the beauty and depth of the first two Chalion books. People say that Lord of the Rings is a religious work; I never noticed ? I'm there for the Ents and the battles and the adventures. But the Chalion books are deeply religious. The gods of Chalion are real; they involve themselves in the lives of their people. And in turn, the people are committed to the rules and rituals of the gods.
Which is not to say that the books are some sort of snooze fest. The stories are great ? battles, betrayals, murder, witchcraft, and romance. Bujold is an excellent writer. The characters have motivations for their actions and their actions echo through the two books. The third book is set in the same world but in an earlier time. As much as I love Cazaril (our main character in the first book) and Ista (the "Paladin" of the second book), I am okay with meeting new characters.
I like to sink into long books or into series. The author has time to play out a theme or a minor storyline. When a writer has captured my heart and mind I want the book to last forever, don't you? Rereading books gives me back that feeling.