Reviews of Paladin of Souls (2003)
Review by clong (2006-01-11)
Another deeply satisfying read from Bujold, featuring another completely atypical fantasy protagonist, in this case a forty year old widow who for years has been thought crazy be everyone about her. Ista undertakes a journey thinking only of escape, but gradually sees and finally accepts a calling to serve.
Like the first book of the series, this is very much character driven fantasy, which is not to say that it doesn’t feature plenty of action, moments of tension alternating with moments of humor, and an understated but compelling romantic angle. The gods of the world of Chalion seem a bit less enigmatic than in the first book. And the supporting cast seemed a bit better fleshed out (with many sympathetic and likable characters).
I found it marginally less enjoyable that The Curse of Chalion, but still a refreshing and satisfying book. I look forward to picking up The Hallowed Hunt to finish off the series.