Date: October 2003
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Notes: Explicit Violence
of Souls is the mind-bending sequel to The Curse of Chalion.
As the story begins, Ista is now healed of her insanity. Her family
and servants aren't convinced the healing is permanent and continue
to keep her inside the castle at Valenda. Her mother has died, and
the story opens on the day of her funeral.
peers over the battlements of the keep, knowing she will be kept
here and smothered as long as her family controls her fortunes.
When she sees the gate open for a courier, she dashes out, saying
she wants to take a walk. Her walk lasted five miles, and in that
time, Ista realized three things. She could only make her family
think her madness had returned by running away. She should never
have left in the slippers she wore at the palace. Last, but not
least, she'd brought no weapon with her, so, if the horsemen coming
up behind her were unfriendly, she was in great danger.
she is forced to go back home, Ista decides to go on a religious
pilgrimage, something her family cannot deny her. Though she is
angry with the five gods, she pretends she is going to the Mother
to ask for a grandson. To keep the size of her entourage down, she
leaves all her maids at home and commandeers a courier, Liss, as
her maid. Thus Ista embarks on a far greater adventure than the
peaceful jaunt she had envisioned.
of Souls is another outstanding offering from veteran author
Lois McMaster Bujold. My respect for this talented lady grows each
time I read her work. If you haven't read The Curse of Chalion,
pick up this book and follow it with Paladin of Souls. You will
go on an adventure you'll not soon forget!