Monday, December 25, 2017

Penric's Mission (Penric & Desdemona #4), by Lois McMaster Bujold

Spectrum Literary Agency, November 2016

Penric has been through some big changes since the events in Penric's Fox. His studies with the shamans in Easthome completed, he returned to Martensbridge, where his medical abilities became greatly in demand. Very greatly in demand--and only for the most serious cases. The Princess-Archdivine Llewen has died, and so has his mother. In the end, it was too much loss, and he moved to Adria, first to serve the White God's archdivine there, and then to serve the Duke.

And the Duke has sent him to Cedonia, to make contact with a general who wishes to take service in Adria.

Unless, of course, the letter from the general is a forgery.

Penric finds himself plunged into danger and intrigue immediately upon disembarking in Cedonia. Hit on the head from behind, dumped in a bottle dungeon, and intended to drown, his challenges are only beginning.

Penric continues to develop as a character, and his story continues to advance, as we continue to explore more of the world of the Five Gods. This is a novella, so it's hard to say anything more without engaging in inexcusable spoilers, but in character, pace, and convincing world-building, it's good, solid Bujold storytelling.

Recommended.

I bought this book.