The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Total Pages: 580
Release: 2023-12-14
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:

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Battered ex-soldier Lupe dy Cazaril returns home only to be swept up in court and theological intrigue as tutor to the Royesse Iselle of Chalion. Cazaril's honor and courage in the face of not only his former adversaries but the demands of Chalion's five gods shine through in this spellbinding tale of hard-won triumph. "Fresh, intriguing, and as always from Lois McMaster Bujold, superb" - Robert Jordan, author of The Wheel of Time series "Buy this book! I don't care if you have to steal Junior's lunch money -- buy this book! THE CURSE OF CHALION is Lois McMaster Bujold at the very top of her form, which says a great deal indeed. She proves she's at least as good at writing fantasy as she is at science fiction: among the best in the business, in other words. Here she's created a fascinating world full of interesting people, all of whom feel real and convincing. And, in meeting Cazaril, her hero, even Miles Vorkosigan might acknowledge there are some problems he's been lucky enough never, ever to imagine." - Harry Turtledove author of THE GUNS OF THE SOUTH and TWO FRONTS "In here are magic and mystery, prophecy and peril, treachery and treason. In here is a splendid tale marvelously told. In here is writing as good as it gets." - Dennis McKiernan, author of AT THE EDGE OF THE FOREST and The Mithgar series "A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read." - School Library Journal "Compelling characters and richly detailed world building make this a strong addition to fantasy collections." - Library Journal “Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.” - Library Journal “Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.” - SF Site “Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.” - Locus Magazine “A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.” - Rave Reviews "Boy, can she write!" - Anne McCaffrey “Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.” - Chicago Sun Times Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF." - Publishers Weekly "Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists as well as science-fictionists." - Booklist

The Hallowed Hunt

The Hallowed Hunt
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 455
Release: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0061795976

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A magnificent epic tale of devotion, possession, obsession, and strange destiny from the author of the Hugo Award-winning Paladin of Souls Lois McMaster Bujold The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile -- and Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff must transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment. With the death of the old Hallow King imminent and the crown in play, the road they must travel together is a dangerous one. And though he is duty-bound to deliver his prisoner to an almost certain death, Ijada may be the only one Ingrey dares trust. For a monstrous malevolence holds the haunted lord in its sway -- and a great and terrible destiny has been bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.

Penric's Demon

Penric's Demon
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Total Pages: 137
Release: 2023-11-14
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:

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On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric. From that moment on, Penric's life is irreversibly changed, and his life is in danger from those who envy or fear him. Set in the fantasy world of the author's acclaimed novels THE CURSE OF CHALION, PALADIN OF SOULS and THE HALLOWED HUNT, this novella has the depth of characterization and emotional complexity that distinguishes all Bujold's work. “Bujold’s delightful latest tale of Penric … is another winner in Bujold’s already strong series.” - Publisher’s Weekly *Starred Review* on “The Prisoner of Limnos” “Series fans and fantasy readers who seek well-drawn characters will love this tale.” - Publisher’s Weekly on “Mira’s Last Dance” “Best-selling author Bujold follows her Hugo-nominated “Penric and the Shaman” (2017) with another adventure featuring the sorcerer Penric and his resident 200-year-old chaos demon, Desdemona. ... Series fans will be delighted with this tale, which begs for continuation.” - Booklist on “Penric's Mission” “Set in the ‘World of The Five Gods’ (The Curse of Chalion; Paladin of Souls; The Hallowed Hunt), Bujold’s novella takes series fans back to a well-known realm in an exciting new adventure. The varied voices, especially between Pen and Desdemona, add a fun slant to a serious tale." - Library Journal on “Penric and the Shaman” “Bujold follows ‘Penric’s Demon’ with another brief tale set in her World of the Five Gods, this time combining supernatural sleuthing with finely drawn characters and a panoply of emotions... This is a wonderful expansion of her World of the Five Gods." - Publisher’s Weekly *Starred Review* on “Penric and the Shaman” “Fans of the Chalion tales will again be drawn in by the intrigue of the religious dynamics, the fantasy aspects of the "magic" and the complexity of character that Bujold is so masterful at creating.” - RT Book Reviews on “Penric’s Demon”

Paladin of Souls

Paladin of Souls
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0061748900

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One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once more to a dark and troubled land and embroils us in a desperate struggle to preserve the endangered souls of a realm. Three years have passed since the widowed Dowager Royina Ista found release from the curse of madness that kept her imprisoned in her family's castle of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is costly, bittersweet with memories, regrets, and guilty secrets -- for she knows the truth of what brought her land to the brink of destruction. And now the road -- escape -- beckons. . . . A simple pilgrimage, perhaps. Quite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion. Yet something else is free, too -- something beyond deadly. To the north lies the vital border fortress of Porifors. Memories linger there as well, of wars and invasions and the mighty Golden General of Jokona. And someone, something, watches from across that border -- humans, demons, gods. Ista thinks her little party of pilgrims wanders at will. But whose? When Ista's retinue is unexpectedly set upon not long into its travels, a mysterious ally appears -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The temporary safety of her enigmatic champion's castle cannot ease Ista's mounting dread, however, when she finds his dark secrets are entangled with hers in a net of the gods' own weaving. In her dreams the threads are already drawing her to unforeseen chances, fateful meetings, fearsome choices. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her in the past brought her land to the brink of devastation. Now, once again, they have chosen Ista as their instrument. And again, for good or for ill, she must comply.

Sisters of the Forsaken Stars

Sisters of the Forsaken Stars
Author: Lina Rather
Publisher: Tordotcom
Total Pages: 123
Release: 2022-02-22
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1250782155

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The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita navigate the far reaches of space and challenges of faith in Sisters of the Forsaken Stars, the follow-up to Lina Rather's Sisters of the Vast Black, winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society Award. “We lit the spark, maybe we should be here for the flames.” Not long ago, Earth’s colonies and space stations threw off the yoke of planet Earth’s tyrannical rule. Decades later, trouble is brewing in the Four Systems, and Old Earth is flexing its power in a bid to regain control over its lost territories. The Order of Saint Rita—whose mission is to provide aid and mercy to those in need—bore witness to and defied Central Governance’s atrocities on the remote planet Phyosonga III. The sisters have been running ever since, staying under the radar while still trying to honor their calling. Despite the sisters’ secrecy, the story of their defiance is spreading like wildfire, spearheaded by a growing anti-Earth religious movement calling for revolution. Faced with staying silent or speaking up, the Order of Saint Rita must decide the role they will play—and what hand they will have—in reshaping the galaxy. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Spirit Ring

The Spirit Ring
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Total Pages: 381
Release: 2023-12-08
Genre: Fiction
ISBN:

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Set in an alternate Renaissance Italy where the church regulates magic and licenses magicians, young Fiametta must learn and control the powers of magic to rescue her murdered father’s soul and combat evil sorcerers. “Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.” - Library Journal “Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.” - SF Site “Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.” - Locus Magazine "Boy, can she write!" - Anne McCaffrey “Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.” - Chicago Sun Times “Superb far-future saga.” - Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF." - Publishers Weekly “Bujold couldn't characterize badly if threatened with a firing squad.” - Booklist “A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.” - Rave Reviews “Bujold has a gift.” - Chicago Sun Times “Compelling characters and richly detailed world building.” (re THE CURSE OF CHALION) - Library Journal “… richly detailed world building.” - Library Journal “A novella filled with a satisfying blend of strong characters and wry humor.” (re Penric’s Demon) - Publisher’s Weekly Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series. In 2020, Bujold received the Damon Knight Grand Master Memorial Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. www.dendarii.com

Penric's Progress

Penric's Progress
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Baen Books
Total Pages: 381
Release: 2020-01-07
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1982124296

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MYSTERY AND MAGIC FROM A LEGENDARY MASTER Footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order—and solves mysteries along the way. Penric’s Demon: On the way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season.” As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric—and changes the course of his life forever. Penric and the Shaman: Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric must accompany a Locator of the Father’s Order assigned to capture a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. Penric’s Fox: When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard’s Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). About Penric's Demon: “A novella filled with a satisfying blend of strong characters and wry humor.”—Publishers Weekly About Lois McMaster Bujold: "The pace is breathless, the characterization thoughtful and emotionally powerful, and the author's narrative technique and command of language compelling. Highly recommended."—Booklist "If you love solid space opera rooted in strong character, you can't go wrong . . . The Warrior's Apprentice already displays the craft and the heart which would soon make Lois McMaster Bujold one of the most feted talents in SF."—SF Reviews “Bujold is adept at worldbuilding and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes . . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”—Publishers Weekly on Diplomatic Immunity

Penric's Mission

Penric's Mission
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-11-30
Genre: Demonology
ISBN: 9781596068445

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Sorcerer Penric, who is possessed by a clever chaos demon named Desdemona, has his clandestine mission of diplomacy to Cedonia upended when he finds himself gravely injured and imprisoned in the darkest of dungeons.

The Garden of Empire

The Garden of Empire
Author: J. T. Greathouse
Publisher: Gollancz
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-05-04
Genre:
ISBN: 9781473232938

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WAR MAKES MONSTERS OF EVERYONE. Foolish Cur, once named Wen Alder, finds that his allies in the rebellion might cross any line if it means freedom from the Empire. But he can't overcome a foe as strong as Emperor Tenet alone. REBELLION HAS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. Koro Ha, Foolish Cur's former tutor, discovers the Empire is not so forgiving of those who raise a traitor. And their suspicion may cost him and his people more than he can imagine. THE GODS ARE LURKING IN THE SHADOWS. As war against the Empire rages, Foolish Cur knows there is a greater threat. The emperor plans his own coup against the gods, and they will wreak destruction if he tries. To stop him, Foolish Cur might have to risk everything - and resort to ancient magics that could tear the world apart. The sequel to the spectacular The Hand of the Sun King, filled to the brim with magic and the cruel consequences of war. This is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb and Shelley Parker-Chan. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 'A captivating epic of conflicted loyalties and dangerous ambition' Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author, on The Hand of the Sun King 'Brilliantly told and immediately engrossing' Andrea Stewart, critically acclaimed author of The Bone Shard Daughter, on The Hand of the Sun King

The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 452
Release: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0061793043

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A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril returns to the noble household he once served as page and is named secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule. It is an assignment Cazaril dreads, for it must ultimately lead him to the place he most fears: the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies who once placed him in chains now occupy lofty positions. But it is more than the traitorous intrigues of villains that threaten Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle here, for a sinister curse hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion. And only by employing the darkest, most forbidden of magics can Cazaril hope to protect his royal charge -- an act that will mark him as a tool of the miraculous . . . and trap him in a lethal maze of demonic paradox.