Book Review: Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Four Stars)

Book Review: Penric’s Demon (Penric and Desdemona #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Four Stars)

“Pen blinked, starting to wonder if he had fallen not ill, but into some bard’s tale.”

Bujold opens a new series in the world of the five gods with this fish-out-of-water tale of a young noble who gives aid to an older woman in distress and finds his life turned inside out. Good point of view character and a touch of ironic humor. (Think Miles Vorkasigan in a tunic and a functional body.)

“Blessed, if I speak, will the god hear?” The sheep’s-wool eyebrows twitched. “The gods hear you at all times, speaking or silent. You hearing the god . . . that is more rare.”

Bujold demonstrates her master of storytelling outside the genre which brought her fame, if not fortune. Of course, magic easily substitutes for high technology—especially of the science fiction sort.

“It all seemed tolerably accurate and complete, from a certain point of view.” (Emphasis added)

Reviewing this out of order; sorry. Having read but not reviewed this, I’m rectifying my error. You needn’t read them in order, but don’t miss this one. Nice cover art.

“You looked a god in the eyes. And spoke for me. There is nothing in my power that I will ever refuse you, after that.”