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November 27, 2022

#NovNov22 Penric’s Demon

by NancyElin

I just LOVED this book cover

Penric's Demon (Penric and Desdemona, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold by Lois McMaster Bujold Lois McMaster Bujold


Finish date:  November 2022
Genre: novella (129 pg)
Rating: D
Review: Penric’s Demon (ISBN: 978-1596067691)


Quick scan:  I am REALLY scraping the proverbial barrel when I dip into fantasy books (Terry Pratchett is the exception). World of the Five Gods is a fantasy series by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold. It was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Series in 2018. Again…books/series dripping with book awards and I still don’t get excited about fantasy. So, to end the #NovNov22 challenge I offer you this “dishwater” gray novella. See you next year with hopefully some better choices!


Good news: Simple story so far…easy to
absorb. Ms Bujold is starting the “world-building” stage. I want to read this series as a personal challenge. I’m not a fan of fantasy but Ms Bujold should be the writer to convince me her books are worth reading…I hope. Update: She has not convinced me. This will the first and last book I read by Ms Bujold.


Bad news: Penric’s Demon was nominated for Hugo Award in 2016. I’ve read 55% of the book and don’t really feel the “prize quality” writing. Ms Bujold my surprise me in the next half of the book! No surprises…sorry to say.


Personal: This is a fitting start of the series World of the Five Gods .
The story of a demon taking up residence in the mind of a young lord about to be married. Penric and Desdemona (demon) have the weirdest, best friendship relationship. There was a small conflict scene at the end of the book but if you want fast paced excitement, then this novella probably isn’t for you. It is more of the start of a long political intrigue that will develop in the series  of four novels and ten novellas. Is her writing pure gold? No. 

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