There is a curse on the Royal family of Chalion, which is slowly destroying the country. Lupe dy Cazaril, an unlikely knight who was betrayed and sold into slavery has escaped and is seeking peace. He is lead to his old noble patroness, who just happens to be the Grandmother of the young Prince and Princess, with hopes that she will help him. Instead he gets drawn into not only discovering the curse, but being guided by the Gods to remove it.
Lois McMaster Bujold has written numerous Science Fiction and Fantasy books and series including The Vorkosigan Saga, The Chalion Universe Series and the The Sharing Knife Series. The Curse of Chalion is the first novel in The Chalion Universe. This is a fantasy book, but not in the traditional sense. There are no dragons, elves, etc but there is limited magic, demons and the personal involvement of the Gods. The book takes place in a society similar to that of Spain in the 15th century. The story is told in a third person narrative, primarily from Cazaril’s point of view.
Since the story revolves around nobility similar to that of Spain in the 15th century, it took me a while to get use to the names and titles of the characters. But once I did, I was hooked on both the plot and the characters. Cazaril, makes a great hero, he is kind, intelligent and subtle. The details of the storytelling were captivating. I loved Cazaril’s descriptions of his various adventures.
I enjoyed this book, the story has a good build, leading up to a great ending. This is a standalone book, but since it is part of the Chalion Universe, I am interested to see what else will happen in this universe. I recommend The Curse of Chalion, it is an interesting and unique story with a satisfying ending.