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Penric’s Mission

(Penric and Desdemona (Publication order) #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,057 ratings  ·  373 reviews
In his 30th year, Penric fell in love with light.

Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Bastard's Order, travels across the sea to sunlit Cedonia on his first covert diplomatic mission, to attempt to secure the services of a disaffected Cedonian general for the Duke of Adria. However, nothing is as it seems. Penric is betrayed and thrown into a dungeon, and worse fol
Kindle Edition, 139 pages
Published November 2nd 2016 by Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc
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Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
These Penric novels are getting very good. Bastard be praised. :)

We've seen Penric grow as a person and a cleric/sorcerer and now he has eleven years of Desdemona inside his flesh. I love how he's struck off on his own (for very persuasive reasons) doing spywork for a Duke.

So of course, it perfectly follows that this should be a tight and fun novella about magically healing a soldier's wounds and beginning a romance with the soldier's sister. I can see it! :) Plus it gets rather exciting but not
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Best Penric and Desdemona story yet! Penric is accused of being a spy when he travels to another country (well, in fairness, he kind of is), is thrown into a dungeon and barely escapes with his life, and then kind of goes off on his own version of the mission.

It looks like Desdemona and the gods support him ... but that may or may not be enough when there are lots of people out to get both Penric and the people he's trying to help.

My only complaint is that this is really only half of the story.
Ben Aaronovitch
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f
My only problem with these novellas is their length - way way too short.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Penric's Mission is the third book in Bujold's Penric & Desdemona novella series, which is set in the same world as her World of the Five Gods books, from a publication standpoint but the fourth book from a chronological standpoint. I chose to read it as the third book as you can never go wrong going with the publication order. It always helps to avoid spoilers!

This was an excellent instalment of the series. Penric's Demon was great but Penric's Shaman was a bit less inspiring by comparison. Th
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Bujold returns to her World of the Five Gods with another novella featuring Penric, a sorcerer of the Bastards’s Order, and Desdemona, the ancient and powerful demon riding in his head. We once again jump ahead in time, accompanying an older and mellower Penric as he travels across the sea to the nation of Cedonia where he will attempt to carry out a secret mission on behalf of his employer, the Duke of Adria.

But despite t
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bujold does something quite unusual in the World of the Five Gods series. Few genre writers portray religion, either in our world or in an invented one, as anything other than something either to be admired and pushed onto readers, or else to be reviled. But Bujold weaves the religious/spiritual impulse into her characters' lives and into her created worlds completely seriously as something both understandable and meaningful. What's special here is not just that gods are real (lots of writers do ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
3rd read: yep, it's my favorite Penric novella

2nd read: This is probably my favorite Penric novella!
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I require additional Penric novellas.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. Possibly my favorite book from the "Five Gods" world (I also really liked the 2nd Chalion book). This novella was everything I've wanted int he previous Penric books but never really got. There's really interesting characters, an exciting plot, a bit of romance and we get to see Pen and Des using their magic. This one was action packed and kept me up until 1:30am turning pages - it was reminiscent of some of the Vorkosigan books. I was reminded again why I love Bujold so much.

Olga Godim
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I like Penric, the sorcerer carrying his demon Desdemona inside himself. I like Desdemona too, have been in love with her since the first Penric novella. I like the other characters of this tale as well, and their harrying adventures were totally engrossing. As always, Bujold has written a superb story, where the narrative flows and the suspense doesn’t let on for longer than a few pages, BUT...
It is not complete. It doesn’t have an ending. The last confrontation in the story is not a resolution
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is part of a series and I recommend reading them in an order. I'm reading them in chronological (rather than publication) order and that has been working out very well, I think.

This one breaks from the pattern of the others a bit. I've felt like the previous stories were more aligned with cozy mysteries than anything else with maybe a spike of action at the end. This one starts with action and never really lets up making it an awesome adventure story. And since Bujold is just that good, she
Another heartily enjoyable novella by Bujold. A bit more adventurous in this instance than the previous story of Penric and Desdemona. More Desdemona too which is always fun.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy
Learned Penric has been living together with his embedded Demon Desdemona since more than ten years in the World of Five Gods. They are an established team, know how to work with each other, having survived several adventures - as described in "Penric's Demon" or "Penric and the Shaman" - and probably don't expect many surprises.

This time, Penric travels undercover on behalf of the Duke of Adria to the mediterranean country Cedonia in order to win over famous general Arisaydia. As a personal mis
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great story from one of my all-time favorite authors.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, highly entertaining, and with plenty of Penric & Desdemona moments. My favourite novella so far!
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
This was written by Lois McMaster Bujold. To a great extent, this is all you need to know.

Penric and Desdemona are back - Penric is thirty now, and has been dispatched on a secret mission by the Duke of Adria. If everything went right, it wouldn't be much of a story - and things go wrong almost immediately. But how? And why?

In this story, we get more information about how demon magic works, the advantages, the perils and the pitfalls, and a few tantalising hints about what Penric and Desdemona h
katayoun Masoodi
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, ebook, fantasy
i loved this, except that this time it really felt like this is a section of a lovely book, i want all the penric happenings before he deciding on this mission and all the story that is left unfinished. i like that i get glimpses and i can think about the story, but i really want the story told by bujold and wishing for it.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Penric tries his hand at international intrigue and ends up imprisoned, then on the run while trying to heal a man whose eyes have been boiled out. Yowza. Typically excellent.

Favorite line: “Desdemona couldn’t lick her lips, but she could lick his.”
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. Also posted on my blog:

Penric and his interactions with the demon Desdemona, who is sharing his mind, have fascinated me from the first novella I read, and their interaction & cooparation are once more at the center of this one.

"I'm not talking to myself." Just to the voices in my head. All ten of them. Not, he knew from long experience, a useful thing to mention.

Their story takes place in Bujold’s „Five Gods“ universe and the protagonist Penric is a
Laura (Kyahgirl)
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, fantasy
I really enjoy this authors characters and sly sense of humor. Grover Gardner is the “voice of Penrics world” to me so it was fun and comforting to listen to his narration of the story.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, fantasy, x-2017, own
Penric is one of the best character I have ever read about !
Lis Carey
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, f-sf, fiction
Penric has been through some big changes since the events in Penric's Fox. His studies with the shamans in Easthome completed, he returned to Martensbridge, where his medical abilities became greatly in demand. Very greatly in demand--and only for the most serious cases. The Princess-Archdivine Llewen has died, and so has his mother. In the end, it was too much loss, and he moved to Adria, first to serve the White God's archdivine there, and then to serve the Duke.

And the Duke has sent him to Ce
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

This third novella in Bujold’s Penric and Desdemona series, itself a spinoff of her World of the Five Gods series (A.K.A. Chalion) is just as much fun as the first two books, Penric's Demon and Penric and the Shaman. If you are looking for a a deft fantasy that comes in a smaller than a doorstop package, Penric is a fascinating hero and this series is terrific.

Penric is actually Learned Penric, a sorcerer and divine of the Lord Bastard, the “master of all d
Sidsel Pedersen
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good addition to the series

Another fine story in the series. I like fantasy full of political games. The demon continues to be a high light. Please not that this is the first half of a story, and that novella number four seem to be set right after, unlike the first 3 novellas that is set quite a number of years apparat.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way the plot, set pieces/action, characterization, dialogue, magic use, tragedy, comedy, use of religion, use of politics, use of food all fire at full throttle is astounding. These may seem like slight novellas, but they're sneaky amazing and devastating. Bujold deploying all of her powers. ...more
Stephen Richter
Once again, a delightful short story featuring the sorcerer Penric who is sent on his first spy mission, thus the title. Nice blend of action, and budding romance. Narration for the audio is done by Mark Twain, I mean Glover Gardener.
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Honestly, while the writing is amazing and I still love Penric, I wasn't a fan of this particular novella. But my love for Penric has encouraged me to continue reading. ...more
Utterly delightful!!!! I'm dying to continue... ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, owned
Might be my favourite Penric yet. It was unputdownable, had great emotional resonance and a dash of both romance and humour. I am torn between reading the rest right away and trying to keep some for later.
Dave Packard
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, sword
Back on track with this one. Really enjoyed it, pretty much start to finish. Pushing on!
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse

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Penric and Desdemona (Publication order) (10 books)
  • Penric's Demon (Penric and Desdemona, #1)
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  • Mira's Last Dance (Penric and Desdemona, #4)
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  • The Prisoner of Limnos (Penric and Desdemona, #6)
  • The Orphans of Raspay (Penric and Desdemona, #7)
  • The Physicians of Vilnoc (Penric and Desdemona, #8)
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