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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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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