World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809 ratings

Penric’s Demon Publisher's Summary

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. From that moment on, Penric's life is irreversibly changed, and his life is in danger from those who envy or fear him.

Set in the fantasy world of the author's acclaimed novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt, this novella has the depth of characterization and emotional complexity that distinguishes Bujold's work.

©2016 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Penric’s Demon

    • A Fantasy Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Kinder, Gentler Demon

    • By Carol on 01-10-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 2

    • Penric and the Shaman

    • The Penric & Desdemona Series, Book 2
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 337

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fun Penric adventure

    • By Jerri C on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 3

    • Penric's Fox

    • A Novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric and Desdemona, Book 3)
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation, and they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story but $/minute ratio unattractive

    • By Kenneth on 07-08-18

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 4

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

    • Penric & Desdemona, Book 3
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 314

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penric and Desdemona continue

    • By Jerri C on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 5

    • Mira's Last Dance

    • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A GOOD STORYLINE

    • By Bunty on 06-19-17

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 6

    • The Prisoner of Limnos

    • A Penric & Desdemona Novella in the World of the Five Gods
    • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary. Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penric returns

    • By Jerri C on 03-10-18

    Regular price: $17.47