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Publisher's Summary

In this sequel to the novella Penric's Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister, Nikys, across the last 100 miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas.
In the town of Sosie, the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the 10 dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.
©2017 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Bunty on 06-19-17


Enjoyable as always from Lois Bujold but IMO this very...short novella should have been incorporated into book three. Especially when the story continued from book three to book four. I have always enjoyed Ms Bujold's books but I was a bit disappointed that these novellas on Penric in the Five Gods Series came out as novellas. It would have been better if all the four novellas been published as one book! But all the same the plot was good and was well narrated/performed by Grover Gardner.

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2 out of 5 stars
By GoldyH on 03-27-18

How Disappointing!

Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Grover Gardner?

Not anytime soon

What was most disappointing about Lois McMaster Bujold’s story?

There was virtually no story. Nothing interesting happened..

Which scene was your favorite?

The general's hostility to going in drag.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom

Any additional comments?

Lois has gone overboard with sexuality since 50 Shades of Gray became so poopular. Not all of us want text porn. This was not the style that made her famous.

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4 out of 5 stars
By G. P. Brown on 12-21-17

A decent instalment of the series

The story in this one was pretty much a direct continuation of the story in Penric's Mission.

Penric, Nikys, and Adelis, are still trying to flee to Orbas but the journey through the last parts of Cedonia proves anything but smooth and is hindered by the fact that Penric is still recovering from the happenings at the end of the last novella.

The story was decent enough but not quite as exciting as the story in Penric's Mission. It might just be a personal preference but I've always preferred intrigue stories to journey tales. That is not to say this was a bad listen as it was still pretty good. It had a lot of the elements that made the last instalment of the series so good. We got the combination of Pen, Des, Nikys, and even the surly Adelis again and that resulted in the opportunity for plenty of humour and even a little romance in the tale.

The big plus to this instalment was that we got to enjoy Pen having to draw on the skills of one of Desdemona's previous hosts, the courtesan Mira, to aid his companions flight and that produced a bunch of hilarious moments!

I was not a giant fan with a few developments late in the story and that likely hurt my enjoyment of this story overall.

All in all I felt like this was a good read and a decent sequel to Penric's Mission. Bujold's writing is always good and engaging and the story had plenty of humour and a bit of tension to keep it ticking along at a decent pace.

I think I'm liking Grover Gardner a little it less every time I listen to him. He still does an OK job with this series but I preferred the trio of narrators that did full books in the World of the Five Gods series.

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