Captain’s Log – the curse of chalion (Lois McMaster Bujold)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I be readin’ a lot of adult sci-fi and YA so far this year and had a hankerin’ for some fantasy.  I was goin’ to read the paladin of souls but discovered just before I was about to read it that it be a book 2 of a series.  So I picked up this book 1 instead.  This was me first foray into this author’s work, and I be hooked.  I can’t believe I missed enjoying her novels before.  I will certainly be readin’ the second book.

This was a slow-burning, delicious world-building, character-driven story.  The main character, Cazaril, is a broken woe-filled man with absolute horrible luck.  He is only in his 30s but seems ancient and weather-worn.  When met, he is on a desperate journey to throw himself on the mercy of his former employer in an attempt to find a job, any job, wherein he may work and try to obtain some measure of peace.

Of course peace is not what he gets.  Instead he is pulled into a horrible situation he wants no part of.  Politics, gods, curses, magic and impossible odds.  Anything else I can say about it would only be a diminishment of how completely awesome it is.  Seriously, ye have to read it.

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31 thoughts on “Captain’s Log – the curse of chalion (Lois McMaster Bujold)

  1. Oh yes! She is an AMAZING author – and while you might not want to embark on her fantastic Miles Vorkosigan series as it is long-running, though completely awesome, she has recently written a lovely series of brilliant novellas called Penric and the Demon. They are excellent value, too.

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    1. I am wary of the long series though ye have mentioned the Penric series to me before. I tried to get them first but the local library didn’t have those. I decided to read the “free” books first. But yes the novellas remain on the list that is for sure. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. No… I’m not even sure the Penric series are actually available in paperback as she is publishing those herself. As for the Miles Vorkosigan series – it is wonderful:). It’s one of those series I wish I could dial back and read again all over again just for the sheer joy of it. Himself tends to reread it every other year…

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  2. 😁🤣😄 so happy you loved it too Cap’n!! It was one of my favs of last year n Cazaril one of my fav characters. Such a good read. I plan to read Paladin this year. I hope it’s as good.
    Thanks for linking to my review!

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  3. A thoughtful review Captain! It gives one pause in remembering the old phrase of “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”. I hope that Cazaril comes out of this desperate situation intact! Good read! Aaargh!

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