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FREE DOWNLOAD ã Paladin of Souls ô One of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once 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 cuEars 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 weavingIn 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. Updated Review Sept 12 2015I always find it really difficult to review those books that I experience at a gut level and love completely irrationally This was one of those I simply enjoyed reading every moment of it and don't know how to explain why Now I've put it off for too long and I'm going to try anywayFirst of all if you've read The Curse of Chalion you need to know that the pacing and focus of this book is completely different That one was epic full of political intrigue and kingdom wide conflicts This is not It mostly takes place in a remote fortress and focuses on characters than kingdom So the pace is much different and may seem slow if you're expecting action driven plot Now that that's out of the wayI really loved that the main character is a middle aged woman It's not often that you get someone with experience as a main character in Fantasy In this case Ista has already lived a life She was married to the now dead king and has grown children who are out of the picture But although everyone around her believes that's all she's allotted to get out of life she is not by any means old and is completely stifled She still needs to find out who she can be just as much as any young protagonist out there So we get a mature woman who escapes from home and her caretakers to find adventure and a new life for herself HurrayMaybe it's the fact that I am no longer a fledgling myself but her story really resonated with me Her observations about life and people were so spot on for someone who has lived than 30 years Plus I really liked her I wanted to be her Since this is a character driven story that's kind of importantAside from Ista there's a full cast of characters to complement her and I enjoyed all of them except the ones I wasn't supposed to It's been a couple months since I read this and I still remember at least six of the characters even if I've forgotten their names There's the monk two soldier brothers who actually have their own personalities a female messenger turned lady's maid and a dynamic lord of the fortress whose brother is mysteriously ill The mystery of the brother's illness is where the story really gets going in case you haven't been hooked yet by that pointWhat drives the plot are the mystery behind the brother's illness and problems of god possession and demon possession Ista has been touched by a god before and was considered insane for years Now she wants to avoid anything to do with gods because they can't be trusted Yeah that doesn't work out so well for her Once a god notices you it's impossible to ignore them Maybe it built a little slowly but it captivated me really from the start I loved the development of the characters through it all and the complexity that was revealed over time How it turned out left me breathless I was enjoying it so much that I was afraid the ending would disappoint so I was almost giddy with relief that it didn't I really loved it And I know I haven't explained why well enough at all and used too many words to do it Initial Review June 27 2015I loved pretty much every minute of this Why did I wait so long to read it I'll try to write a proper review later

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On And now the road escape beckons A simple pilgrimage perhaps uite fitting for the Dowager Royina of all ChalionYet 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 godsIsta 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 app. 4 A buddy read with the folks at FBR because we love good Fantasy “The gods give no gifts without hooks embedded” For anyone who knows me they must understand my love affair with the works of Lois McMaster Bujold I am all about the characters who seem normal but are anything but They are just enough off center that they become different than most leading characters we usually meet in both Sci Fi and the Fantasy genres despite their obvious to us after we get to know them heroic tendencies They are never perfect they are never miraculously healed and their happily ever afters are never the ones from our dreams After you close the book we are aware that their lives do not just end at the back cover of the book they keep going making big mistakes and still having the core of Honor which makes them perceive and keep trying to be better overcoming all the odds Ms Bujold writes about the underdog but not such because of financial or origin circumstances an underdog by the virtue of their emotional state and the way they see themselves But she always writes about the regular person who does their best just to stay afloat and that makes them a hero at one point or another just enough to inspire us to keep on wanting to do better “And the Bastard grant us in our direst need the smallest gifts the nail of the horseshoe the pin of the axle the feather at the pivot point the pebble at the mountain's peak the kiss in despair the one right word” The Fifth G d The Bastard is the patron of all those who the other four regular prominent G ds overlook and do not desire He is the G d of the lost souls bastards underachievers and even demons So it is no wonder that when a seemingly random infestation of wayward demons is encountered on the border of Chalion and its ancient foe The Bastard and his representatives must get involved At the same time a very bored coddled and lonesome Dowager Royina Ista in her forties and already put in her chamber to spend her days with over protective overly stuffy and nosy ladies in waiting every day for the rest of her life She lost her husband her son just recently her mother and carried a part of a dark curse most of her adult life while for a time she was g d touched and was able to see the lost souls of the departed no wonder people think she is insane and are afraid she will take her life thus creating a gentle prison for her For her safety you understand If she wasn't insane for real this smothering treatment of her would eventually finish the job Her souls aches for a breath of freedom and she concocts a pilgrimage to holy cites just so she can get out of the room she has been sentenced to A young female courier a group of soldiers and a Divine priest of the Bastard accompany her which is a heck of a lot smaller entourage than her jailers wanted to bestow upon her However the land is till unsettled and the border region has seen some enemy raids and maybe her smaller group is not as prudent as it should as far as protection is concerned “One learns better than to hand one’s choices to fear With age with every wound and scar one learns” So our heroes get besieged deal with demons some maybe dead men magic and of course the G ds most specifically The Bastard It is always trouble when the divine decide to involve you in their dealings So our dowdy dowager finds the strength of spirit to deal with everything that comes her way finding on the way parts of herself she thought long lost This is where LMB shines the simplicity of the way she captures deep emotional feelings without making them angsty and over blowing the emotions we have gotten used to see overblown in other reads She still finds a way a very minimalistic and in that way very poignant way of making a deep emotional connection delving into the soul just with a word a nod or an act but never with prosaic fat “It is imperfect So are all things trapped in time You are brilliant nonetheless How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones or We should be parched indeed and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness Carry on imperfectly shining Ista” Do I even need to say it now Yes I recommend this series to every fan of Fantasy and Ms Bujold but I think it would connect better with the mature reader After all there is a sensibility that often comes with age and only few of the luckier younglings get the pleasure to enjoy As always she brings deeply personal and spiritual uestions never giving you a right or wrong answer but leaving it up to us We can never accuse LMB of being preachy “We are all of us every one our own works; we present our souls to our Patrons at the ends of our lives as an artisan presents the works of his hands” Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a Good Book

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Paladin of SoulsOne of the most honored authors in the field of fantasy and science fiction Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once 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 destructi. Unexpectedly captivating I'm a longtime fantasy reader but I've gotten tired of the current crop of twenty year old heroines the descriptions of their clothes their vague struggles with boyfriends and the development of their special powers Even if coming into one's power storylines are set with werewolves and vampires a certain uniformity starts to develop Paladin does something I never expected in an epic fantasy; she's written a thoughtful coming of age story focused on a forty year old noblewoman who has been fighting her 'god touched' connection for yearsIsta is an interesting complex female lead that is reaching toward change even if she isn't exactly sure how to get there She's had emotional scarring in her past and years of a cursed madness coupled with her status as a royal have kept her wrapped in a cocoon However she recognizes this and longs for some unspecified alternative The dullness of her life the stalemate of her soul since then was just long habit She develops a plan to escape her highly protected life under the guise of a pilgrimage visiting various gods' shrines It's part of the underlying irony that this is Ista's justification for travel when she secretly hates the gods and their interference in her lifeWhile some events happen to her in the beginning she begins to take authority over her choices and decisions little by little until it is partly her energy and leadership that view spoiler sustains a large group through a siege hide spoiler