Bujold, The Curse of Chalion (Round 1)

My dear friend has covered one of my absolute favorite fantasty books on religion. Enjoy the read as much as I did!

Prose Gods

I already know that it’s going to take me more than one entry to get through most books, so I’m going to start with just a few questions for this one.

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion. Harper Voyager, 2001.

50-word plot summary:

Surrounded by court politics and a corrupting curse on the royal family, ex-soldier Cazaril attempts a desperate ritual to save his charge–but ends up carrying a demon, hosting an evil man’s soul, and seeing visions of divine power rather than dying himself.

Do gods exist? What are they like?

Yes: the Father, the Mother, the Son, and the Daughter; the Bastard is classified as a god by the Quintarian religion (to which most characters belong), but regarded as a demon by Quadrenes. Each god has authority over a season, a familial role, a time of life, and a set of purposes/roles in life: justice for the Father, fertility for…

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