By Lois Mcmaster Bujold
probably the most commemorated authors within the box of delusion and technological know-how fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold transports us once again to a dismal and land and embroils us in a determined fight to maintain the endangered souls of a realm.
3 years have handed because the widowed Dowager Royina Ista discovered unlock from the curse of insanity that saved her imprisoned in her family's citadel of Valenda. Her newfound freedom is dear, bittersweet with thoughts, regrets, and accountable secrets and techniques -- for she is aware the reality of what introduced her land to the edge of destruction. And now the line -- break out -- beckons. . . . an easy pilgrimage, might be. particularly becoming for the Dowager Royina of all Chalion.
but whatever else is loose, too -- anything past lethal. To the north lies the very important border fort of Porifors. stories linger there to boot, of wars and invasions and the effective Golden normal of Jokona. And anyone, anything, watches from throughout that border -- people, demons, gods.
Ista thinks her little occasion of pilgrims wanders at will. yet whose? while Ista's retinue is suddenly set upon now not lengthy into its travels, a mysterious best friend seems to be -- a warrior nobleman who fights like a berserker. The transitority defense of her enigmatic champion's citadel can't ease Ista's mounting dread, despite the fact that, whilst she reveals his darkish secrets and techniques are entangled with hers in a internet of the gods' personal weaving.
In her goals the threads are already drawing her to unexpected possibilities, fateful conferences, fearsome offerings. What the inscrutable gods commanded of her long ago introduced her land to the edge of devastation. Now, once more, they've got selected Ista as their software. And back, for solid or for ailing, she needs to comply.
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Early services filled an hour, although it seemed to Ista that they were curtailed, and not well attended; the local divine was rather pale and wan himself. Afterward, she and Liss and Foix idled about the quiet town. The festival tents were being taken down and folded away. They walked along the river over the racecourse, and Foix encouraged Liss to give a blow-by-blow account of her ride, details of horses and riders that Ista had scarcely registered. Liss explained that her remarkable burst of speed, late in the race, was partly illusory; it had merely been that the other horses were starting to flag at that stage.
She held out her hand and opened it, as if letting sand pass through her fingers. "It is beside the point. Far more difficult was my discovery that since the calamitous death of Ias's father, Roya Fonsa, a great and strange curse had been laid upon the royal house of Chalion. And that I had brought my children into it, unknowing. " Dy Cabon's lips made an O. "I had prophetic dreams. Nightmares. " For a time, Ias and dy Lutez had left her in that terror, alone, uncomforted. It had seemed then, and still seemed now, a greater betrayal than any trivial sweaty graspings under the sheets could ever be.
Go away. She lay trembling for a long time; the moonlight had turned to gray predawn mist before she fell asleep again. * * * ISTA WAS AWAKENED NOT BY LISS SLIPPING OUT, BUT BY LISS SLIPPING back in. She was embarrassed to discover her handmaiden had let her sleep through morning prayers, rudeness both as a pilgrim, however false, and as a real guest. "You looked so tired," Liss excused herself when Ista chided her. " Indeed. Ista had to admit, she was glad for the extra rest. A breakfast was brought to her on a tray by a bowing acolyte, also not usual for a pilgrim so laggard as to miss the morning's start.
Paladin of Souls: A Novel by Lois Mcmaster Bujold