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An unholy attack upon his brother-in-law, General Arisaydia, pitches sorcerer Learned Penric and his Temple demon, Desdemona, headlong into the snake pit of Cedonian imperial politics. But they will not travel alone. The mission from his god brings Penric some of his strangest new allies yet and the return of some of his most valued old ones.

This novel-length story takes place two years after the events of The Physicians of Vilnoc.

©2021 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Shauna St.Clair
  • 29-08-2021

Wonderful addition to a cherished series

For lovers of Penric and Desdemona, this newest installment doesn’t disappoint. With her signature wisdom, humor, and insight Bujold unspools this delightful tale with all our beloved favorite characters, as well as a few interesting new ones. Grover Gardner, as usual, creates his magic, bringing warmth, depth and exactly the right balance of heartfelt pleasure and poignancy. Altogether satisfying and enjoyable!

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  • Peter
  • 11-08-2021

Another excellent addition to the series!

I've loved every entry in this series. The writing is excellent, the reader is perfect.

I definitely wouldn't recommend this to someone as the first title in the series to listen to - while it isn't a direct continuation of previous stories, you really would benefit from knowing the characters from other stories before getting to this one. But it is a complete adventure in itself, and the author does make sure new readers would catch up if they did read/listen to this one first.

It's also one of those stories where it's all about the journey and not about the destination. Anyone hoping to have it end in some completely unforeseen and unexpected way is likely to be disappointed. But oh, the path to getting there! Enough plot twists and surprise detours, and some wonderful new characters who turn out to be "not what you first expected" as well as the surprising and fun returns of some previous characters (both significant to the plot and not), make the whole thing a joy. And while it all wraps up satisfyingly, it also opens up a lot of new potential for future adventures.

And like all the others in this series (and most of her other writing), Bujold injects a lot of delightful humor into it, without any of it being forced or unearned. And she makes it look easy.

If you liked any of the previous entries in this series, I'd be surprised if you didn't love this one. If you've tried any of the others and didn't care for them, well, you'll feel the same way about this one.

One of the things I absolutely love about this series is the extremely clever way that Bujold manages to subvert the extremely common "our hero, the magician, somehow manages to know every possible magic spell for every possible situation, and just waves their hands and it all comes easily" trope. The combination of a relatively inexperienced hero - though by this time in his life, Penric certainly has earned his expertise - and having a dozen other "voices in his head" with 200 collective years of experience (though Desdemona also has her own quirks and failings), make it all work in a unique, refreshing, and ultimately satisfying way.

Another home run from Bujold. And from the reader, Grover Gardner, who never disappoints.

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  • Jeanne T.
  • 05-08-2021

Wonderful addition to the series

This is a lovely addition to the world of the five gods and the Penric series. The narrator was wonderful as always.

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  • We Fam
  • 04-08-2021

A solid entry

A delightful romp with Penric and Desdemona, told by a master writer and narrator.

Other people have mentioned that this book feels like an ending. The book doesn’t have that vibe at all, more that some plot threads were picked back up and left in less tenuous spot.

Bujold repeatedly brings up the time Penric burned a warf and boats. This tale is much less nail biting. Penric feels more middle aged now, and goes on a more sedate adventure.

I hope we get to see Penric at his last, when Des goes to her next adventure. This was a nice benchmark in their lives.

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  • Amazons Customer
  • 02-08-2021

excellemt addition to the penric and desdemona bks

really good medical mystery with lots of appearances with series favorites, including a stellar cameo by the white god himself.

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  • Still Blooming
  • 02-08-2021

Another great story

Nice to see Penric and Desdomona. story full of interesting and unexpected haracters and growing family.

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  • hammer
  • 15-09-2021

Amazing

Another masterpiece by the consummate wordsmith…read it first, listened to this version twice..the latest will not be the last time. Binge listen the whole series next? Perhaps.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2021

Another Winner

The Penric & Desdemona tales are all wonderful -- to have a novel length story narrated by Grover Gardner is beyond wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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