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This is the second in a series of six (so far) fantasy novellas by Bujold. I think they're pretty good, the way they focus on emotional and psychological character building rather than flash-bang magic. But they don't require much mental effort. Ideal for reading in bed. ( )
  Petroglyph | Feb 8, 2019 |
It's four years after the events of Penric's Demon, and Penric is fully trained and invested as a divine; he's now Learned Penric. And of course, a sorcerer. He's serving at the court of the Princess-Archdivine. He is continuing his mostly scholarly work, as he and Desdemona become better acquainted and better at working together, when a Locator of the Father's Order arrives seeking assistance. He's been assigned to seek and bring back to Easthome a shaman accused of murder.

A killer shaman is dangerous; he can't pursue one without a sorcerer and at least a small armed troop. Unfortunately, Oswyl has had a difference of opinion with the sorcerer and troop originally assigned to assist him. They've gone off in pursuit in a direction he thinks unlikely on the evidence, and he's asking the Princess-Archdivine to supply the sorcerer and troop he needs.

She does, and the sorcerer, of course, is Penric.

The rather dour Oswyl is not initially impressed by Penric's youth and seeming inexperience, or by his cheerful, sunny manner. Despite this, they work fairly well together, tracking the shaman, Inglis kin Wolfcliff, accused of the murder of his best friend.

When they find him, of course, the situation is more complicated than official reports have suggested, and Inglis needs Penric's help, while the Acolyte serving the village where he's found needs Inglish's help.

Penric, Oswyl, and Inglis all have a lot to learn, and very little time to learn it in.

The story is told alternately from the viewpoints of Penric, Oswyl, and Inglis. The World of the Five Gods remains a fascinating and enjoyable one, and I look forward to more stories set there.

Recommended.

I bought this book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Second installment in Penric's story. It's a few years later and Penric has finished school at Rosehall in half the usual time and is back on his own turf working for his Princess-Priestess boss. A young man has died in suspicious circumstances in the far north and a Locator, Oswyl, has been pursuing the man, a young shaman, friend of the deceased, who is suspected of the murder. The study of shamanism was frowned (forbidden really) after the full takeover by the Five God religion, but the King has revived the study and development of the shamanic magical path, very different from the demon-sorceror path that Penric is on.

So Penric is roped in to help Oswyl locate the fugitive and the fun begins. He and Oswyl have to learn to get along and trust one another and then they have to untangle what really happened between the shaman and his friend. His god, the Bastard, definitely wants him to be engaged on this case, that much is certain.
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1 vote sibyx | Jan 25, 2018 |
I have been really enjoying Bujold’s novellas about Penric and Desdemona; they're well-written and often amusing.

Penric and the Shaman is set a few years after the first book. Penric is assigned to a temple Locator, Oswyn, who is tracking a shaman accused of murder.

The story switches between these three male characters’ points of view. I listened to the audiobook and found the POV switch caused a tiny moment of confusion whenever I resumed the story until I worked out whose POV I was in the middle of.

I liked how Penric and the Shaman connected to The Hallowed Hunt - there is confirmation that is set generations after The Hallowed Hunt, and I suspect Inglis and Oswyn are both descended from certain characters… I also enjoyed the eventual banter, and I’m hopeful that there will be more of it in the most recently-published novella, Penric and the Fox. ( )
  Herenya | Oct 28, 2017 |
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In this NOVELLA set in The World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in “Penric’s Demon”, Penric is a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a “Locator" of the Father’s Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric’s roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.
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In this novella set in the World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in Penric's Demon, Penric is a divine of the Bastard's Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a "Locator" of the Father's Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric's roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end. Bujold delivers an astonishing tale that is not soon forgotten.--Provided by Publisher.… (more)

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