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Penric and the Shaman

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Once again Bujold immerses us in her world of the five gods. We begin in the distressed point of view of Inglis, whose history we discover throughout, as he interacts with humans, a demon, ghosts, enchanted beasts, and a god.

Inglis bears an ensorcelled blade to which he must pay his blood regularly. Nigh unto death, he’s rescued by rurals with scant grace, then confronted with a legal pursuer, Senior Locator Oswyl, who is accompanied by Penric, whom we met in Penric’s Demon. That young man and his demon have effectively partnered, though their relationship requires accommodation by both. He now addresses her as Desdemona, despite or perhaps because of the multiple layers of her identity.

Penric is now a Divine and a Sorcerer, his education and experience granting him more surety and fine status, even while his world is still evolving and gaining depth.

The nature of Inglis, his character, and the relation of his shamanic tradition vis-a-vis the five gods allow complex interaction.

L.M. Bujold is a master wordsmith, and there is sensory immediacy, mystery, and room for readers to exercise their imaginations. By all means, if you have not already done so, buy the earlier book when you purchase this one.

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Author:
Lois McMaster Bujold
Star Count:
5/5
Format:
Trade
Page Count:
216 pages
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publish Date:
2017-Feb-28
ISBN:
9781596068155
Issue:
March 2017
Category:
Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Issue

March 2017

Publication Date

2017-Feb-28

Publisher

Subterranean Press

Format

Trade

Page Count

216 pages

Book Author

Lois McMaster Bujold

ISBN

9781596068155

Star Count

5

“Penric and the Shaman”

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