I was very disappointed with Beguilement given the high quality of Bujold’s other fantasy novels (such as the The Curse of Chalion). In her other novels Bujold demonstrates an amazing ability to create a unique and interesting fantasy world and tell a compelling tale of adventure. This novel started off promising but quickly became a run-of-the-mill romance novel. The world she creates in this book has a lot of potential, but she pretty much completely drops it in favor of the romance. In the end, the story doesn’t even end – apparently this is more like the first half of a novel – but I don’t feel particularly compelled to continue on with it. Her characters were not even as interesting in this book as her others, either. The woman (girl, really) is unbelievably (and annoyingly) naive, and the man has potential but gets completely caught up in love and doesn’t do anything all that interesting.