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Summary

In this sequel novella to Mira's Last Dance, Temple sorcerer Penric and the widow Nikys have finally reached safety in the duchy of Orbas when a secret letter from a friend brings frightening news: Nikys's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies at the Cedonian imperial court, and confined in a precarious island sanctuary.

Their own romance still unresolved, Nikys, Penric, and of course Desdemona must infiltrate the hostile country once more, finding along the way that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme.

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perfect tale-telling, perfect reader - as always

Lois and Grover are as good a combination as Des and Penric. Thank you, both.

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  • hammer
  • 15-05-18

Another delightful tale from Lois McMaster Bujold

Our favorite author read by our favorite reader..what more could we ask? Keep them coming...and we’ll keep buying them!

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  • Jane Knapp
  • 09-04-18

wonderfully entertaining

the narrator supported the story and the characters continue to entertain. perfect length for an audiobook.

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  • Mary
  • 21-03-18

Love it

.I've become so fond of Pen and Des I hate to come to the end of the story

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  • Jerri C
  • 10-03-18

Penric returns

At 5 hours and 25 minutes, this is one of the longest of Bujold's novellas about Penric and his demon Desdemona. It starts soon after the ending of Mira's Last Dance. I don't want to go into plot details, as it is too easy to get into spoilers, but this book has Penric meet some new friends, have some adventures, tie up some loose ends and more. One of the new characters is an engineer, possibly a tribute to Bujold's late father who was an engineer as well as weatherman.

If there are no more Penric novellas in the future, this can serve as a conclusion to the series. But plenty of room is left for future tales if Bujold is inspired to write them (as I hope she is). And, if she writes more, I hope Grover Gardner narrates them also. Listen and enjoy. (But, I think you will enjoy it more if you have listened to earlier works in the series first, starting with Penric's Demon.)

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  • M. Warren
  • 23-05-18

Good story, but the pricing is off...

I am a lon-time Audible listener and also a fan of this author and narrator. Usually, I use one of my monthly credits on a 20-40 hour work, which lasts me mist of the month. However, after listening to the first longer book, there was a series of 4-5 hour separate books each costing $9.95 or 1 credit. I ended up buying each instead of using the credit I would need for a more expensive book. But with each book being so short, I ended up spending a lot. Frankly, all of these short volumes chronicle the tails of the same person and mostly the same characters. There is no reason I can see that they were not all part the f the same book, which would have made sense to use 1 credit on. So feel a bit cheated due to the strange pricing model.
Otherwise, the content and performance were good.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 26-04-18

Wouldn’t start the series here

This installment of Penric & Desdemona was a good intro to Nikos’s people but otherwise kind of boring. I listened on audiobook and, while I admit to being quite tired at the time, the characters blurred together and I lost track of who was who and what was going on and it kind of didn’t seem to matter.

I was glad that there was no outright torture at least. There just wasn’t as much to the story as I had anticipated based on previous adventures. Couldn’t there have been some shenanigans in trying to resettle everyone?

I’ve quite enjoyed most of the series so I’ll probably give this one another try to see if it improves on repeat. If you also like the series, you’ll want to read it to keep up with the ongoing character arcs. I’m not manic about reading order but even I recommend that if you’re new to the series, start elsewhere.

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  • John James Dillard
  • 08-03-18

Yet another great book by Bujold.

She is a treasure for readers. Her stories win friends for the Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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