This was a great fantasy with very well rounded characterization. Cazaril is a man in need of solace. Scarred both mentally and physically and aged beyond his years he returns to the House of Chalion where he served as a page in his youth. He is then appointed secretary to the royess and her lady in waiting. Treachery, politics and, of course, the curse of Chalion, all distrupt Cazaril's solitude. At times, the pace is a tad too slow, but the interesting characters kept me hanging on to the very end.