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
Penric and the Shamanby Lois McMaster Bujold
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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. 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.
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It's four years after the events of Penric's Demon, and Penric is fully trained and invested as a divine; he's now Learned Penric. And of course, a sorcerer. He's serving at the court of the Princess-Archdivine. He is continuing his mostly scholarly work, as he and Desdemona become better acquainted and better at working together, when a Locator of the Father's Order arrives seeking assistance. He's been assigned to seek and bring back to Easthome a shaman accused of murder. A killer shaman is dangerous; he can't pursue one without a sorcerer and at least a small armed troop. Unfortunately, Oswyl has had a difference of opinion with the sorcerer and troop originally assigned to assist him. They've gone off in pursuit in a direction he thinks unlikely on the evidence, and he's asking the Princess-Archdivine to supply the sorcerer and troop he needs. She does, and the sorcerer, of course, is Penric. The rather dour Oswyl is not initially impressed by Penric's youth and seeming inexperience, or by his cheerful, sunny manner. Despite this, they work fairly well together, tracking the shaman, Inglis kin Wolfcliff, accused of the murder of his best friend. When they find him, of course, the situation is more complicated than official reports have suggested, and Inglis needs Penric's help, while the Acolyte serving the village where he's found needs Inglish's help. Penric, Oswyl, and Inglis all have a lot to learn, and very little time to learn it in. The story is told alternately from the viewpoints of Penric, Oswyl, and Inglis. The World of the Five Gods remains a fascinating and enjoyable one, and I look forward to more stories set there. Recommended. I bought this book.
A fantastical read! This is an excellent sequel to Penric's Demon, although you wouldn't have to read the first novella to get full enjoyment. Penric is charming, intelligent, and generous sharing the stage with other well-developed and interesting characters. And Penric is an excellent first introduction to the World of Five Gods books. Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of this author! I read everything she writes as soon as it's available. She's a favorite for rereading; I inevitably discover that her books have so much more to say than I caught the first time through.
So happy to see another Penric story! He's growing up, but still has things to learn about his duty. And this story brings back the animal shamans of "The Hallowed Hunt".
Bujold near her peak. Theology, confusion, character development, great writing. Amazing writing. Did I say how good the writing was?