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Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods Audiobook

Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona, Book 3

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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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    "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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    John Dillard 03-06-17
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    Bujold at her best. Finely presented characters in interesting situations. The world of the five Gods serves as a fine backdrop to this engrossing story.

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    Linda Luella 04-01-17 Member Since 2008

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    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!

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    "Fantastic"

    Great narration and story.I Love Penric's character and the world building. I hope there are more books for Penric and Des

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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-24-17
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 05-24-17 Member Since 2010
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    "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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    Tim Atlanta, GA, United States 03-22-17
    Tim Atlanta, GA, United States 03-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Bujold and Gardner Always Deliver"

    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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    J H SEATTLE, WA USA 02-10-17
    J H SEATTLE, WA USA 02-10-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Bujold is great"

    Great story, too short. Penric is a great character, he needs to kick a little more @ss.

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