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Chalion series

Lupe dy Cazaril

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all the words that ever were or ever will be by Tequila Mockingbird

'He had the makings of a saint, carved into the hollowness of him, and that was no mean thing. She had been precious low on saints, in the last century or so, and although his poetry was very bad, he had written some poetry.' A Daughter's eye view on Curse of Chalion which does a good job of pulling off the god's viewpoint, and uses deft touches of humour to lighten the melodrama. The ending is perfect

[Added 23/12/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Chalion series; Characters: The Daughter, Lupe dy Cazaril, The Bastard, The Son, Iselle dy Chalion, OCs]

Communion of Saints by Rthstewart

'There were the usual disdainful looks at her rustic table manners but Clara was too hungry to pretend to be ascetic and she wolfed down several hard biscuits softened with goat cheese and honey.' In this triptych, Rthstewart creates rounded & engaging characters from minors & OCs to illustrate the travails & joys of being a saint

[Added 13/08/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Chalion series; Characters: Clara, Umegat, Lupe dy Cazaril, Paginine, Bergon dy Ibra, Ista dy Chalion, Ser dy Ferrej, OCs]

Life, stripped of all luxuries by Keerawa

'Moved by some obscure impulse, Cazaril rummaged through his saddle bags and pulled out the volume of classic Brajarn verse he'd carried with him for the past two decades. Its well-thumbed pages held many fond memories. And the potential for scores of fire arrows.' The careful structure of this vignette counterpoints the increasing chaos of life during the siege of Gotorget, and Keerawa's affection for the characters helps to keep the grimness at bay

[Added 06/08/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Chalion series; Characters: Lupe dy Cazaril, March dy Palliar, OCs]