by Lois McMaster Bujold
Series: Penric and Desdemona #5
Also in this series: Penric’s Mission, Mira's Last Dance, The Orphans of Raspay
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: February 28, 2018
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Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.
Penric wondered if their Beasts had been matched to their persons in advance, or if the young shamans had taken on aspects of their possessions after acquiring them. Aspirants worked in the menagerie for some time before being paired with their powers, Inglis had mentioned, so perhaps it was more a matter of the two compatible spirits finding each other. Like a person and their god.Or their demon, Des put in, slyly.So what does that reveal about me?You possess the Bastard’s own luck?Eee. And then wondered how literally true that might be.