"Penric's Fox": a Penric & Desdemona novella in the World of the Five Gods. Book 3.
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; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.
"Penric and the Shaman" was a 2017 Hugo Award nominee in the novella category.
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