Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hardcover – Subterranean Press – Jun2016 – 184 pages – Signed by the Author
This 184 page novella set in the realm of the Five Gods (Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls) follows the experiences of the young Lord Penric, as a chance encounter on the road to his betrothal gifts him with a demon.
On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season”, and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric. From that moment on, Penric’s life is irreversibly changed, and his life is in danger from those who envy or fear him.
Set in the fantasy world of the author’s acclaimed novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt, this novella has the depth of characterization and emotional complexity that distinguishes all Bujold’s work.