Knot of Shadows cover sneak peek

We just finalized this e-cover this morning...




The vendor-page copy will read:

Knot of Shadows

When a corpse is found floating face-down in Vilnoc harbor that is not quite as dead as it seems, Temple sorcerer Penric and his chaos demon Desdemona are drawn into the uncanny investigation. Pen’s keen questions will take him across the city of Vilnoc, and into far more profound mysteries, as his search for truths interlaces with tragedy.

The internal chronological order of the Penric & Desdemona tales is presently:

“Penric’s Demon”
“Penric and the Shaman”
“Penric’s Fox”
“Masquerade in Lodi”
“Penric’s Mission”
“Mira’s Last Dance”
“The Prisoner of Limnos”
“The Orphans of Raspay”
“The Physicians of Vilnoc”
The Assassins of Thasalon
“Knot of Shadows”

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The e-novella should be going up at our three vendors, Kindle, Nook, and Apple Books, within a few days. As usual, I'll post links when they surface.

Ta, Lois.
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Published on October 21, 2021 08:39
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message 1: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Palfrey Intriguing, if somewhat worrying. We'll soon find out what's in store… The rapidity of e-book publication is always welcome.


message 2: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Nice to see the list of Penric tales continues to grow robust. There must be a certain satisfaction in being able to look back over one's labors and see such a concrete accummulation of productivity. Many labors just don't get such tangible results. I have variously engaged in both types, and I must admit for myself the concrete, tangible, demonstrative results are preferable. Even though many labors are essential and enjoyable despite intangible results.


message 3: by Jerri (new)

Jerri I like the cover art, it is much more attractive when I see it than when I read the list of elements in the previous thread. And I like the title, Knot of Shadows. I will be eagerly awaiting the story going on sale, and will purchase as soon as I am able.


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary I don’t know how she deos it but i am so glad she keeps on writing such great stories


message 5: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Palfrey The cover design is good quality, dignified, mysterious. I don't know how it relates to the story, but I look forward to finding out. The white mouse could have something to do with the Bastard, or could be just a white mouse for all I know.


message 6: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Yes, I have to say that the mouse makes me wildly curious!


message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary Or is it a rat?


message 8: by Margaret (new)

Margaret The picture is definitely a mouse (a rat would be proportioned differently), but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't supposed to be a rat.


message 9: by Softness (new)

Softness Awwww! Is that a baby rat? Cute!!

I like the summary! What's going on with the corpse? Is it carrying a demon? Or a spirit? Or hmmm...

Yay! I can't wait!!


message 10: by Ron (last edited Oct 21, 2021 12:10PM) (new)

Ron Miller The cover art was a lot of create. I think that the mouse (and it IS a mouse!) is what really made it enjoyable to do. It would have just been a scale and a candle but with the addition of the mouse a question is raised, interest is aroused and a story is suggested.


message 11: by Ron (new)

Ron Miller Margaret wrote: "The picture is definitely a mouse (a rat would be proportioned differently), but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't supposed to be a rat."

It's a mouse!


message 12: by Ron (new)

Ron Miller Mary wrote: "Or is it a rat?"

It's a mouse!


message 13: by JuaSaysHi (last edited Oct 21, 2021 07:08PM) (new)

JuaSaysHi I LOVE this title! And the cover is the perfect complement: the imagery teasingly suggests there's a puzzle, just as the title does.


message 14: by Talli (new)

Talli Ruksas Good thing it'll be a few days. I have a zoom conference this weekend that I would probably ditch


message 15: by Lois (new)

Lois Bujold Talli wrote: "Good thing it'll be a few days. I have a zoom conference this weekend that I would probably ditch"

Well, it's only just over 30,000 words, so not a long read this outing. No need to rush.

For comparison, "Mira's Last Dance" remains the shortest P&D tale so far, at ~28k words, "Orphans" at ~44k, "Mission" one of the longer ones at ~45K.

Ta, L.

Ta, Lois.


message 16: by Jonathan (last edited Oct 22, 2021 04:05PM) (new)

Jonathan Palfrey Kindle software doesn't provide a word count; it measures books by 'locations'. By that measure, we have:

1758 Penric's Demon

1901 Penric and the Shaman

1930 Penric's Fox

2001 Masquerade in Lodi

2294 Penric's Mission

1464 Mira's Last Dance

2280 The Prisoner of Limnos

2437 The Orphans of Raspay

2150 The Physicians of Vilnoc

4206 The Assassins of Thasalon

1772 Knot of Shadows [added later!]


message 17: by Bj (new)

Bj Ron wrote: " I think that the mouse (and it IS a mouse!) is what really made it enjoyable to do. It would have just been a scale and a candle but with the addition of the mous..."

I love your covers

And I love "Behind The Scenes " commentary

Thank you, and the author, for sharing!

SQUEEEEEE 🎶🎆❕❗️


message 18: by Jerri (new)

Jerri I like to compare length of the Penric tales by how long it takes Grover Gardener to read them. (If a series has more than one reader this isn't as good a measurement, since the same book, unabridged, can have significantly different running times when read by different people.) Of course, it works out pretty much the same. Mira is the shortest, at just under 3 1/2 hours, then a couple at about 4 1/2 hours, a couple more at about 5 hours, two at about 5 1/2 hours and Assassins as a novel with a running time of almost 10 hours. These numbers my mind finds easier to comprehend. And of course, we will have to wait some time for Knot to join the audiobook collection. I am guessing it will start a new "4 hour" category!

But the important thing is that Lois writes each tale the length that the story requires in her mind, not trying to fit into some arbitrary official "length".


message 19: by Jerri (new)

Jerri Oh, oh! I just went to Amazon US and purchased Knot of Shadows. I found it be searching for "Knot Bujold". I was feeling upset about something outside of my control, so off to feel better, reading.

Goodreads didn't like my link, hope you all find it.


message 20: by Talli (new)

Talli Ruksas Ack! I've been on Zoom for about 9 hours. Guess I'll be reading instead of napping now.


message 21: by Ron (new)

Ron Miller Bj wrote: "Ron wrote: " I think that the mouse (and it IS a mouse!) is what really made it enjoyable to do. It would have just been a scale and a candle but with the addition of the mous..."

I love your cove..."


Thanks! I am glad you like them!


message 22: by Talli (new)

Talli Ruksas Okay, so you were maybe hurt last time that I mentioned typos before anything else. Would I be rude to say I've absolutely loved the first 7% of the book but Saone is misspelled?


message 23: by Lois (last edited Oct 22, 2021 03:53PM) (new)

Lois Bujold Talli wrote: "Okay, so you were maybe hurt last time that I mentioned typos before anything else. Would I be rude to say I've absolutely loved the first 7% of the book but Saone is misspelled?"

Not rude, jut hair-tearing. It can go on my errata list for later correction.

Or maybe it's the Cedonian spelling of the country name...

:-), L.


message 24: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Palfrey Lois wrote: ""Mira's Last Dance" remains the shortest P&D tale so far, at ~28k words, "Orphans" at ~44k, "Mission" one of the longer ones at ~45K."

Technically, I understand that anything over 40,000 words is considered a novel. At least in the Hugo Awards.


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