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About the Author
One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for best novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella The Mountains of Mourning. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Nicely detailed and wittily accented...Here's hoping it launches a series of tales as well told as the Vorkosigan volumes."-- "Booklist"
"Bujold weaves a convincing and captivating fantasy world, well researched, with magic that works and gods that live without destroying the balance of this medieval society. Cazaril's life is rich with detail and plays a part in the conclusion. The villains are believably motivated. The young heroines are deeply sympathetic characters as well. Readers will find themselves rooting for the good guys, while still uncertain that all can end without at least one of them suffering a dire fate. A finely balanced mixture of adventure, swordplay, court intrigue, romance, magic, and religion makes this book a delightful read."-- "School Library Journal"
"[Bujold] turns her hand as competently and engagingly to the fantasy genre in a tale of quiet heroism and self-sacrifice. Compelling characters and richly detailed world building make this a strong addition to fantasy collections."-- "Library Journal"
"Bujold excels at creating complex characters you care for, and at catching them up in terrific action-adventure stories laced with thoughtful ponderings on ethics and religion. James does an excellent job with this tale...He strikes just the right note throughout all the twists and turns of the plot."-- "Kliatt"
"This is one of the great ones."-- "Science Fiction Chronicle"
"Lloyd James excels. Subtle tonal shifts distinguish James' characters, enabling him to voice male and female characters of all ages, of upper and lower castes--with equal acumen."-- "Amazing Stories "
"Chock full of motivated and interesting characters, classic political machinations, two genuine romances, surprising plot twists, and everyone's favorite theme, betrayal. This is the equivalent of a seven-course meal for any audiobook listener."-- "SFFAudio.com "