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

Penric & Desdemona, Book 3
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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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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  • Jerri C
  • 20-02-2017

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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  • James
  • 24-05-2017

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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  • Linda Luella
  • 01-04-2017

Too short

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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  • John James Dillard
  • 06-03-2017

Great

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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  • Sigríður
  • 06-10-2019

Ends in midair

As always Bujold tells a captivating story and you cannot help but fall in love with her main characters a little.
This novella ends suddenly in the middle of the story so to speak, leaving the audience feeling cheated. I cannot help but think this could have been a full-fledged novel if she had seen it to the end. So only 4 stars.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 13-07-2019

ok, but...

I really like this series, but this is my least fave of the first 4 because it has little connection to the previous 3. It’s almost as if Penric is yanked out of context. Then the story ends with the 3 up on the mountain, with no clear resolution. For me, it’s as if the story and ending are both left dangling.
Lois McMaster Bujold is still one of my very favorite authors - top 5 - and I will always recommend her work. She earned all those awards.
Love Gardner’s work.

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  • Timothy R. Penningtonrus
  • 22-03-2017

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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  • ShoSho ST
  • 10-02-2017

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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  • Holly
  • 30-01-2020

Creative and charming

Well-written and beautifully narrated. Character development is excellent. Just so very clever! Quite a charming and intriguing magic/skill system in place--really enjoy how Penric uses his remarkable abilities. The world-building is terrific. Nicely plotted.

My dear friend Jerri, who introduced me to Miles, and then Penric, recommended I look at Penric as someone possessed of some of the qualities and peculiarities we see in Miles Vorkosigan...I took her advice and feel that is why I enjoyed this so much more than #2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-2020

Amazing! Funny and Touching.

Tremendously fun while being light hearted story a must hear book. Penric stories are fun and enjoyable.

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  • M. Atkinson
  • 09-06-2020

An Excellent Five God's Novella

I love all Bujold's writing, and Grover Gardiner's reading is smooth and nuanced. An excellent novella in the Five God's series.

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  • Keith K
  • 25-05-2018

Good yarn

A good well crafted yarn from Ms Bujold she writes either good or excellent never anything less.

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  • Laith B.
  • 22-02-2018

loved it

loved it would recommend to all fans of the author loved it loved it loved it