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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary.
Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more, finding along the way that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme.
©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jerri C on 03-10-18

Penric returns

At 5 hours and 25 minutes, this is one of the longest of Bujold's novellas about Penric and his demon Desdemona. It starts soon after the ending of Mira's Last Dance. I don't want to go into plot details, as it is too easy to get into spoilers, but this book has Penric meet some new friends, have some adventures, tie up some loose ends and more. One of the new characters is an engineer, possibly a tribute to Bujold's late father who was an engineer as well as weatherman.

If there are no more Penric novellas in the future, this can serve as a conclusion to the series. But plenty of room is left for future tales if Bujold is inspired to write them (as I hope she is). And, if she writes more, I hope Grover Gardner narrates them also. Listen and enjoy. (But, I think you will enjoy it more if you have listened to earlier works in the series first, starting with Penric's Demon.)

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5 out of 5 stars
By John James Dillard on 03-08-18

Yet another great book by Bujold.

She is a treasure for readers. Her stories win friends for the Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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