World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona
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  • 1
    Penric’s Demon: A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods | Lois McMaster Bujold

    Penric’s Demon: A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is the Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season", and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric.

    A Kinder, Gentler Demon

    This brief tale is an enjoyable listen if you're a fan of Lois McMaster Bujold's wonderful character-driven fantasy, and if you've already read her ma..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 10 2016 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 2
    Penric and the Shaman: The Penric & Desdemona Series, Book 2 | Lois McMaster Bujold

    Penric and the Shaman: The Penric & Desdemona Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    In this novella set in the World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a "Locator" of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

    Another fun Penric adventure

    I love Bujold's writing and have very much enjoyed the novella length tales about Penric and Desdemona (the Demon of Chaos with whom Pen is partnered)..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 13 2016 by Jerri C (United States)
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    Penric's Mission: A Novella in the World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona, Book 3 | Lois McMaster Bujold

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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    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 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..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 20 2017 by Jerri C (United States)
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    Mira's Last Dance: A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods | Lois McMaster Bujold

    Mira's Last Dance: A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister, Nikys, across the last 100 miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas. In the town of Sosie, the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria comes to the fore with her own special expertise.

    More, please!

    My favorite author read by my favorite narrator. I nust wish the story could go on. Can't wait for the next one.

    Reviewed on November 30 2017 by Joseph M. Morgan (Berwick, PA)