Summary

In his 30th year, Penric fell in love with light.
Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems. Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse follows for the general and his kin.
Penric's narrow escapes and adventures - including his interest in a young widow - are told with Bujold's remarkable energy, wit, and humor. Once again, Bujold has created unforgettable characters and a wondrous, often dangerous world of intrigue and sorcery.
©2016 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Keith K on 25-05-18

Good yarn

A good well crafted yarn from Ms Bujold she writes either good or excellent never anything less.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laith B. on 22-02-18

loved it

loved it would recommend to all fans of the author loved it loved it loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jerri C on 20-02-17

Penric and Desdemona continue

I have been a fan of Bujold's work for years. Now that she is semi-retired, she seems to be focusing on telling novella length tales about Penric and the demon (who he named DesDEMONa) who changed his life forever. These tales have a wonderful mixture of humor and philosophy and character building. I recommend reading (or listening to) the three tales in order, to watch how Penric and Desdemona develop and the way they learn to work together. I don't want to go into details about the plot, but this novella has Penric traveling to a place new to him, but a country where Desdemona started her demon life hundreds of years earlier. I especially love the visual impact, as Penric sees this sunny land for the first time. The ending may be a bit abrupt for some, but I find it hopeful, as Bujold is obviously leaving an excellent jumping off place for further adventures.

The Penric novella's are richer if readers/listeners also know the three full length novels set in the World of the Five Gods. If you move on to them, I recommend starting with The Curse of Chalion. But I feel that the novella's can stand alone.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 24-05-17

Love these stories about Miles -- I mean Penric

Lois McMaster Bujold is in my personal pantheon of science fiction and fantasy dieties (along with Isaac Asimov, Tolkein, Jack Campbell (aka John G. Henry), and Robert Heinlein.)

I have listened to most of her Vorkosigan series three times, but I had trouble getting through her latest Vorkosigan novel (Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen) even once. It is great to see her return to form with Penric, who is a lot like Miles Vorkosigan, only taller. And that is fine with me. Miles is one of the best characters in science fiction and I am happy to see him (or his alter ego) shift over to the fantasy genre. And having the same (very good) reader -- Grover Gardner --makes the connection seem ever closer.

All three stories in the Penric series are satisfying and fully contained, but I am eagerly waiting for the next one.

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