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.
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.
I started reading Ms. Bujold nearly 17 years ago with her first Vorkosigan novel, Shards of Honor. When she wrote her first 5 God's novel, I read it and had mixed feelings. This is just such a great change over from her superb Space Opera that I had to absorb the new direction before truly appreciating her excellent creation of some of the most elegantly entertaining main characters in this world, also.
I do appreciate Ms. Bujold's artistry in the World of the 5 God's series and this story did not disappoint sage it was far too short and took far too long to get to market.
I understand we are all getting into the retirement age generation and many of my favorite authors are slowing down but I have to beg here. Please Ms. Bujold, more stories? I hate the waiting to see if you will continue writing and when I can get my hands on the next book.
As always, Mr. Gardener is a most excellent narrator for this one of my favorite authors. Having met the author and spoken with her on numerous occasions, I have to believe she will continue to be consistent (unlike many other "suddenly successful" authors) and insist on the continued narration that has made her books a pleasure to listen to. I dislike when a great narrator is replaced by the powers that be!
Thanks to these audio friends of tens of years! I wish there was more, but I will patiently wait for the next, knowing the story will be ripe for the picking when it comes.
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