The Curse of Chalion won the World Fantasy award. Bujold is a fine writer, able to create realistic characters and well-spun plots. Bujold likes to write about anti-heroes, or at least unassuming heroes. And there is always a strong romantic subplot. Bujld is a top-notch characterization writer who can spin a great romantic tale. Similar Recommendations Read "Paladin of Souls" which is a follow up book set in the same world as The Curse of Chalion. You might also want to check out her Miles Vorskian Science Fiction series. Julian Marriat and Jaques Keary are also two authors who write romantic fantasy. You might like their books if you like Lois's handling of romantic relationships.