Review of Penric’s Mission

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Review of Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold


In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this novella by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my all-time favorite authors and I will read anything she writes. That being said, she rarely disappoints.

The adventure starts early and continues at a breakneck pace through the end.

Along the way, new characters and a new area are introduced to the World of the Five Gods. Once Madame Nikys Khatai strides boldly onto the stage, she grabs the reins, and never lets loose. Nikys is one of the best characters I have been introduced to in quite some time. She introduces us to sides of Penric and Desdemona we have not yet seen, and has emotional depths yet to be plumbed, I am certain.

A wonderful addition to the Penric tales which explores new territory both geographical and emotional. While it would read reasonably well as a stand-alone story, I recommend you start at the first tale Penric’s Demon and catch up. It will be worth your time.

I give it 5 stars.

Penric’s Mission
Lois McMaster Bujold

From Lois McMaster Bujold’s blog:

A Reader’s Companion to A Civil Campaign free online
It’s been a while since I mentioned this bit of arcane fun…

Due to, among other things, the complexity of its multiple authorings, it’s not something that can be commercially published, so it is given away instead.

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From Cordelia’s Honor:

Cordelia: “Officers. I recommend that when this conference resumes, you surrender unconditionally upon Lord Vorkosigan’s mercy. He may still have some. I’m tired of your stupid war. End it.”

If you have read the book, you know what scene this is from. If not, I don’t want to spoil it for you!

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