Penric's Demon

Penric and Desdemona (Publication order) #1

Lois McMaster Bujold

fiction Fantasy
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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.

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summary of 214 ratings (see reviews)


adventurous 100%
lighthearted 83%
funny 33%
hopeful 33%
inspiring 16%
relaxing 16%


medium 66%
slow 16%
fast 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 40% | Yes: 40% | N/A: 20%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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