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Book Note: Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls

I read this book about 17-Nov-2002. [an error occurred while processing this directive] I've read this book before. The book is copyright 2002. This note was last modified Saturday, 19-Aug-2006 10:40:26 PDT.

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This is book (none) of the "" series.

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This note contains spoilers for the book.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] I'm still in the process of reading this book.

The title I give is not the official title; it has no official title yet, so I have no idea what this will be published as. It is, in any case, the sequel to the excellent The Curse of Chalion. [12-Aug-2003: I've updated the title to match the announced publication title. I'd originally listed it as "Ista's Book".] Since it doesn't have a title yet, I can't think it has an announced place in the publishing schedule yet. Sorry, everybody! [12-Aug-2003: They've started posting sample chapters on the HarperCollins website. The scheduled publication date is 23-Sep-2003.]

It's a fairly direct sequel, picking up a relatively short span of time after Chalion ends. But following Ista, who plays only a minor role in the previous book. Sorcery, demons, and the Roknari are playing major roles this time around, as of course do the gods.

I'd describe it as a spectacular success. While big things are accomplished at the political level, the book's real thrust is at the personal level, where, for various people, all is very, very, well. Like A Civil Campaign, this seems to be a book about people who are expanding, opening, growing.

For the level of spoiler care I try to hold to for unpublished works, that's really probably about enough to say.


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