Paladin of Souls
This is the sequel to The Curse of Chalion, which I loved. I was a bit worried this one wouldn't live up to the first, but I loved it.
The descriptions of the world was pretty much the same thing over again, but as always with Lois McMaster Bujold, the descriptions of people and places were very rich and interesting.
The plot was a lot more simple than in The Curse of Chalion, and there wasn't as much action. It's mostly about the personal development of the main character, who's fighting her way out of depression, and learning to love romantically for the first time.
Like all this author's heroes, she's kind of a dominant masochist. She's hurt over and over again, both emotionally and physically, but she's brilliantly gifted and has a strong will and a quick mind, and somehow she seduces a large group of people (and demons) into extreme loyalty.
I kind of wish she'd try something different, but there's so much more to her books than that, that I feel I'm being a bit unfair on her.
I look very much forward to the third part of the series, but I'll have to wait an entire year, wah! Maybe they'll publish the first few chapters on the internet early...
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