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Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Jan 12, 2010

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** The beginning is terribly slow. I could hardly drag myself through the pages. The book picks up appreciably in the middle, comes to a decent (if predictable and barely harrowing) climax, and then limps...and the end. The characters were somewhat interesting, although there is a whole lot of introspection...almost too much, really. Didn't really see any serious flaws in the main (good guy) characters, which was disappointing.

I liked the idea of demons and sorcery, though I did not like the change in the characterization of demonic possession: early on, terrible consequences are hinted at, but by the end of the book there are demons aplenty and seemingly no consequences for those dabbling with demonic power. Even a cuddly demon horse for the heroine to ride. Anyway, I suppose if this book hadn't won a Hugo I wouldn't have been so disappointed, but as it was I left feeling fairly unsatisfied. I'll try Vorkosigan, maybe, but I'm done with Chalion.
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