book reviews by Althea

Review: Penric and the Shaman

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Penric and the Shaman
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading a few rather slow-moving and occasionally laborious long novels, jetting through this novella was tangibly refreshing!

As always, Bujold’s writing is a delight, and the story here is light, fun and wholly entertaining. Of course, this is a sequel to ‘Penric’s Demon’ and although this is a wholly self-contained episode, I’d recommend starting with the first one to get to know the characters.

Here, Penric is assigned, in his position as a Divine sorcerer, to accompany a lawman who’s trying to track down a dangerous murderer on the run. The lawman is skeptical due to Penric’s youth, and nervous about his demon, Desdemona – who’s much more full of personality than he thinks she ought to be. Can Penric prove himself – while coming up with the best possible solution regarding the crime at hand?

Many thanks to Subterranean and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. I’ll be sure to seek out Penric & Desdemona’s next adventure!

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