Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Adult/High School-Iselle, the royesse The Curse of Chalion – Kindle edition by Lois McMaster Bujold. The Curse of Chalion, written by Lois McMaster Bujold and published by HarperCollins Publishers in was the first book of the World of the Five Gods . The Curse of Chalion introduces us to Lupe de Cazaril, the scion of a noble family of the titular kingdom. War blights the landscape. Nearby Ibra is wracked by.

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On the eve of the Daughter’s Day — the grand celebration that will honor the Lady of Springone of the cursee reigning deities — a man broken in body and spirit makes his way slowly down the road to Valenda.

A former courtier and soldier, Cazaril has survived indignity and horrific torture as a slave aboard an enemy galley.

Now he seeks nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, in the noble household where he served as a page in his youth. But the gods have greater plans for this humbled man. But the assignment must ultimately carry Cazaril to the one place he fears chalipn more than challon sea: In Cardegoss, the powerful enemies who once placed Cazaril in chains and bound him to a Roknari oar now occupy the most lofty positions in the realm, beneath only the Roya himself.

Yet something far more sinister than their scheming hangs like a sword over the royal family: The life and future of both Iselle and her entire blighted House of Chalion lie in dire peril. The only recourse left to her loyal, damaged servant is the employment of the darkest and most forbidden of magics — a choice that will indelibly mark Cazaril as a tool of the miraculous Lupe dy Cazaril called Cazaril or Cursd for shortformerly a military officer in the service of Chalionreturns to the town of Valenda in hopes that the Dowager Provincara will remember him from his childhood days as a page and give him a job.

He is emotionally and physically damaged from nineteen months as a galley slave, and mostly thinking of a job as a scullion. On the way to the castle at Valenda, he receives an unexpectedly large amount of money in response to the simple task of giving directions, and he finds the body of a merchant who’d died of death magic ; he makes sure the man is buried properly, prays for him, and collects his robe.


The Curse of Chalion

Maybe he can get a better job after all, once he cleans himself up. Upon arriving at the castle, the Provincara indeed remembers him and takes him in. As it turns out, she has been taking care of her daugher Ista the Dowager Royina of Chalion and two grandchildren by Ista, Iselle and Teidezthe royesse and royse. The Provincara gives Cazaril the job of secretary-tutor for Iselle.

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Spring and summer chaliion in the pleasant and not-too-demanding job of tutoring her in DarthacanRoknarigeography, and various other lessons suitable to a royesse’s education. When autumn approaches, so does a summons: Iselle and Teidez are to travel to Cardegoss to be presented to Oricothe roya of Chalion and their half-brother.

At Cardegoss, Teidez is overwhelmed by the glitter and flattery around him; his own secretary-tutor – Ser dy Sanda – is unable to hold back the tide. Cazaril ensures that both Iselle and Betriz know which courtiers are playing what games at what skill levels.

They learn that the real power in the country is held by Chancellor Martou dy Jironal and his younger brother Dondo. Cazaril does not have fond memories of either of them; his time as a galley slave was Martou’s doing, very probably at Dondo’s urging.

After a time, Orico declares that Dondo is to become Iselle’s husband. She is horrified; he’s shown himself to be a corrupt and licentious embezzler as the Holy General of the Daughter’s Order. As part of an attempt to force her agreement to the marriage, he threatens to rape her until she becomes pregnant; she responds by praying for his or her death, she doesn’t care which. Cazaril does care which; he decides to attempt death magic, so he gives it a try in Fonsa ‘s Tower, an abandoned tower where death magic succeeded years before against the Golden Generalcurrently given over to a flock of crows.

The result is nothing like what Cazaril expects — he remains alive, but Dondo is dead. Saint Umegatwho hosts the miracle of the royal menagerie it keeps Orico alive and cleanses him of the worst effects of a curse that lies upon the House of Chalionmeets with him and determines that the reason Cazaril has not died is because the death demon is being prevented from carrying out its duty by the Daughter of Spring.

Iselle’s main concern at this point is to get herself married to someone of her own choosing, preferably a royse who can help her in her goal of winning the long-running war against the Roknari Princedoms to the north. She quickly settles on Bergon dy Ibranewly made the Heir of Ibra.


Cazaril favors the goal — he hopes she can marry out of the curse. Orico waffles about the plan, causing delays. However, when Teidez mistakenly decides to save Orico from the evil Roknari magic of the menagerie by killing nearly every animal in it, thus making Orico very ill, he takes an injury from a leopard and dies of the wound. This leaves Iselle the Heiress of Chalion – a very desired person for marriage.

If she’s to succeed in her goal of marrying Bergon and uniting their kingdoms into a power that will be strong enough to end the northern war, she must hurry. So Cazaril rides north-west, to Ibra.

Upon arrival, he learns that Bergon had been his seat companion for a time as a galley slave. Bergon was deeply grateful to Cazaril for saving him from cursee attentions of the oar-master, and very pleased at the idea of marrying the Heiress of Chalion and breaking the curse thereby. They return and meet Iselle in Taryoon, a day’s journey away from Cardegoss.

The two of them marry with great ceremony and pleasure; the locals are equally overjoyed and optimistic that better days will come. The next day, Cazaril realizes the curse has not lifted; instead it has spread to include Bergon as well. He is distraught; they are unhappy, but conclude they should keep moving forward chzlion their plans.

The following cha,ion, Martou dy Jironal arrives with a company of soldiers and the news that Orico has died; the Royse and Royesse flee while Cazaril blocks the company at the Taryoon castle’s courtyard gate. When Martou stabs Cazaril in the belly, the Daughter of Spring releases the death demon; it takes Martou’s soul instead of Cazaril’s.

At this point, the Daughter is able to reach into the world with sufficient cooperation from Cazaril to remove the curse from Chalion and its royal family. Sign In Don’t have an account? Contents [ show ]. Fonsa’s soul could match his soul, but could not balance his vast fate. When the death demon carried their souls from the world, that fate overflowed to settle upon Fonsa’s heirs, a miasma of ill luck and subtle bitterness. Retrieved from ” http: