Good, old-fashioned fantasy that’ll leave a smile on your face.
‘Penric’s Demon’ brings us back to the world of the Chalion books, but it’s a stand-alone story. While on his way to his betrothal, a young man encounters an elderly woman on the road who’s been taken ill. He stops to see if he can assist, but she’s just had a heart attack, and dies in his arms. Significantly, she was no average woman, but a Learned Sorceress, and upon her death, her ‘demon’ transfers into Penric’s body. The ‘demon’ is an amalgamation of the personalities and knowledge of not just the recently-deceased Learned Ruschia, but of a dozen predecessors. Normally only a highly-trained and privileged individual is permitted to acquire a demon, as the situation can be quite dangerous. Will Penric be able to handle it? What will the authorities have to say about his anomalous state? And what will it all mean for his future?
A must for fans of Bujold; I think this will also appeal greatly to those who enjoy Robin Hobb.