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This series is an odyssey if ever there was one; the author's characterizations are consistent, rich, and deep. You'll love the relationship between Dag and Faun, her hero worship of her husband is nicely balanced by his deep respect for his wife and her surprising insights. I'm not quite finished with the last volume of the last book, but it has met my litmus test of an audio book listened to in the car...I hope for traffic jams.
The complexity of the concepts are well developed; the different aspects of "ground" subtly connected and evolving as Dag discovers the depth of his talents. The reader is left searching his/her own life for evidence of "ground sense" and how it can enhance one's life!
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Slower than most fantasy novels, especially at the start, but gathering strength and momentum as it goes. You will probably want to hear or read the first novel first . . . even more so than one needs to read the _Curse of Chalion_ before tackling _Paladin of Souls_.
The magical background of this world and the terrible threats to it from the malices come more into the fore, with some exciting scenes and even more interesting revelations.
The romance and family relationships that sometimes seemed a little stereotyped (or at least schematic)in the first novel also become richer and more complex.
All in all, this sequel is better than the first book, and leaves me hoping for a third, which would possible but not necessary. This book leaves some issues resolved, but further adventures possible.
I am very sensitive to language, both written and spoken, and here were my small problems.
First, Bujold opts for a sort of folksy Amercian frontier lingo in a land very different from the American frontier, though there are a few similarities. To have mages and patrollers say things like "I reckon" was jarring to me, and thoguh I finally got used to it, it didn't add anything. I don't know whether that would bother most people or not.
Secondly, I found the reader only fair-to-good. Her expression was decent, but her intonation was only so-so.
But if you find the reading OK in the sample, and you are content with a slower-than-average paced book, you will find great rewards in the listening.
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