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Publisher Description

In this NOVELLA set in The World of the Five Gods, 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.  However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected.  Penric’s roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.

Bujold delivers an astonishing tale that is not soon forgotten.

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.” 

- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.” 

- SF Site 

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.” 

- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”  

- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”  

- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.” 

- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF." 

- Publishers Weekly

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction.  She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.  She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982.  She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies.  Her books have been translated into over twenty languages.  Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series. www.dendarii.com

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
September 22
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.

Customer Reviews

HawkeyeDiner ,

Another fun fantasy from Lois McMaster Bujold

Dry enjoyable fantasy, bigger on the inside.

SweetLilFlower ,

Well done

Light hearted, but still full of the swirls and and twists you expect from Bujold.

groksmith ,

Nice addition to Penric's adventures

This is the second novella about Penric and his demon, Desdemona, set in Bujold's Chalion universe. Penric is called on to help track down a rogue Wolf kin shaman. Shamans and their powers were introduced in "The Hallowed Hunt". The story is a fast and fun read with Bujold's great turn at humor, storytelling and characterization. I hope she has many more adventures to tell about Penric and his demon.

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