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The Orphans of Raspay

(Penric and Desdemona (Chronological) #7)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  119 reviews
When the ship in which they are traveling is captured by Carpagamon island raiders, Temple sorcerer Penric and his resident demon Desdemona find their life complicated by two young orphans, Lencia and Seuka Corva, far from home and searching for their missing father. Pen and Des will need all their combined talents of mind and magic to unravel the mysteries of the sisters ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published July 17th 2019 by Spectrum Literary Agency
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Ben Aaronovitch
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f
These novellas continue to brighten my life. My only regret being that they are so brief - but I am the last person who is allowed to complain about that :)
Barb in Maryland
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delight--a new Penric novella!! 4.5 stars

Poor Penric is on the business trip from Hell. All he wants to do is get home to his dear wife Nikys and rest.
However, nothing goes as planned. The ship Penric is on is hijacked by pirates, he finds himself as protector of two young girls (the orphans of the title) and then all of his various escape schemes come to nothing. It was almost as if his god wanted him to be just a little bit more patient.

The girls are a delight, Penric (and Desdemona)
David Holmes
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very standard Bujold adventure. This one doesn't innovate much, and the most interesting character is the orphans' mother, who doesn't even appear in the book. But it was lots of fun and a reliable page-turner, which turns out to be exactly what I wanted!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
It’s hard not to like Penric stories! I didn’t find this quite as compelling as the other stories, however Desdemona’s glee was fun
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Any and all Bujold books are buy on sight, but I almost missed this one as it seemed to come out without much fanfare, which is a pity because it's an excellent addition to the list of Penric novellas, set in Bujold's world of the Five Gods, though before Curse of Chalion (still my favourite book!). Following the events in The Prisoner of Limnos, Penric and his resident demon, Desdemona, are now married to Nickys, but in this outing are on their own. They've been sent on some mission (it's not ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-read-2019
As far as I'm concerned LMB can keep writing Penric and Desdemona novellas for as long as she likes and I'll enjoy them all. I can get through one in a lunch break and they are an extremely lovely lunch break.
Lis Carey
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Penric, now married to Nikys and attached to the Duke of Orbas when he's not needed for other duties, would much prefer to stay home in the Duke's capital with his wife. Instead, he continues to be sent off on missions that turn out to be more complicated and dangerous than they should have been. On their way home from the latest, the ship he and his demon, Desdemona, are on is captured by pirates, tossed into a hold on the pirates' own ship where they find two orphan sisters, and carried back ...more
Book Gannet
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Pen. I'm surprised he didn't spontaneously combust at some point during this misadventure. So many mishaps, so many annoying people, and all he wants to do is get back home.

However, annoyed Pen is usually when he and Des are at their best, so this was a quick, fun and thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Pen and Des tales. The orphans are cute but smart, without descending into moppishness, Pen and Des get a chance to shine with magic and trickery, and it's clear the White God has his
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2019
A new Bujold is always cause for celebration!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Penric is on his way home from a mission for the Duke when his ship is captured by pirates and he is taken prisoner. Thrown in with two young girls, he takes them under his protection as they try to avoid a future as slaves and escape the pirate-controlled town.

I always enjoy spending time with Penric and Desdemona, but this isn't the strongest of their stories. I'm feeling the itch to re-read because I have to have missed something; there's no way a Bujold novella should leave me wanting to
Peter Tillman
Liz Bourke's review:
"Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric novellas are pretty much guaranteed to bring me joy. The latest one is called The Orphans of Raspay, and it’s set about a year after the events of The Prisoner of Limnos. . . .

A deeply engaging, enjoyable novella, The Orphans of Raspay makes for a fine continuation to Penric and Desdemona’s adventures, replete with humour and excitement. And setting things on fire. Penric is quite good at setting things
Stephen Richter
Penric fall into the hands of pirates, which also means Desdemona come along in the mishap. Not so good for the pirates, but two orphan found a new hero. If you have not discovered the Penric and Desdemona novella adventures you are missing out in a nice afternoon of satisfying reading pleasure. Each story takes about 2 or so hours to read. If like me, locked in by inclement weather, this is a great way to speed the time away.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was delightful. As always.
Jack Kuhn
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bujold-non-vor
This is the seventh novel in the Penric/Desdemona series and in many ways my favorite - largely due to the rambunctious way in which Penric and Desdemona demolish the pirate’s port on the island of Lantihera.

Taking a step back for those new to the series, these books detail the adventures of the young (and eventually not-so-young) dedicant and scholar Penric kin Jurald. Penric was “blessed” at age 19 with a chaos demon (Desdemona or Des) who incorporates the prior-life memories of ten women
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
This is the seventh Penric and Desdemona novella; the ship on which Penric and Desdemona are travelling is captured by pirates, and complications ensue.

It's a nice little story - just the sort of thing you want to read at the end of a long day. The characters are familiar, and we get a little hint of the progress of Pen's life (this takes place about a year after The Prisoner of Limnos), which will make followers of the series happy. It's not wildly exciting or suspenseful, but Bujold is such a
Ann Schwader
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Bujold's latest in her Penric / Desdemona series is a nice chewy 128 (virtual) pages, which makes for a solid novella & gives the author time to work out some of the theological details of her world. And fascinating details they are, too.

This time around, it's a Penric (& Des) -- only adventure, with wife & brother-in-law far away for most of the tale. When Learned Penric of the Bastard's Order gets himself captured by pirates, he & his resident demon must rescue not only
Andy Zach
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The next novel in Lois Bujold's fantasy series about Penric the sorcerer. Sorcerer in the sense he possesses and controls a demon, who gives him magical powers. In Bujold's magic system, the demon primarily uses downhill magic of destruction, but given enough destruction, can also do uphill magic, such as healing.

Penric's world grows more complex as he sails to the bidding of his ducal master, he is captured by pirates and thrown in with a couple of orphans. Since he serves the god of orphans,
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
In this installment of the adventures of Pen and Des they are attempting to escape, not from a locked room as in the previous chapter, but from a pirate island. As I probably wrote in a previous review, I wish Bujold had just written a novel and then edited out all the filler, but selling the chapters one at a time is likely more lucrative. I think I also mentioned Dickens, and paying the rent. At any rate, I'm not really a fan of the format and I don't know why I keep buying them. Well, I do, ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a strong installment of the series. Pen is thrown into a sticky situation along with some orphans and has to get himself out by advocacy and magic. Along the way, he tries to figure out why these orphans deserve the very special providence of the White God.

It won't make much sense unless you have read most of the previous books in the series, but it picks up after a goodly pause and you don't need to remember details.
Jul 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
At some point in the future Lois McMaster Bujold will write a book I don't like and think is merely ok with nothing special about it. Today is not that today, thankfully.

The seventh entry in the Penric and Desdemona novella is just as great as the previous ones. It has amazing writing, characters, world, sarcasm, and heart. I can't think what else you could want from a book.
Kathy Martin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Penric and his demon Desdemona are captured by pirates and taken to a pirate island to be sold. He encounters two young girls and their lives get tangled up with his at the direction of his trickster god. The writing was great. The story well plotted and entertaining. The characters were vivid. Some of Penric's actions to escape the island and get back home to his wife were laugh-out-loud funny.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lois McMaster Bujold has done it again. This is a short work, but it is a wonderful story. I love these Penric & Desdemona novellas. Somehow, they seem to contain a whole novel's worth of story, just in fewer words.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I want is an endless supply of stories about Pen and Des and their assorted extended family members causing chaos.

2nd readthrough: This is SUCH a comfort read.
Howard Brazee
I have to read Bujold, and in particular, I have to read Penric novelettes (novellas?). Love that universe.
katayoun Masoodi
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
as usual perfect.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Awwwww I needed that
David Houston
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Well worth 5*
Not, perhaps QUITE as good as the previous offerings in this series, which were off-the-scale good.

Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy reading all the Chalion series and this book lives up to my expectations. Fast paced, interesting dialogue between Penric and Desdemina and a great tale
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So loved getting back to the adventures of Penric!!!
4.5-5 stars leaning more to 5. There's nothing mind-shattering here, just plain good fun as Penric and his demon are captured by pirates and end up rescuing a pair of orphan girls. I just plain love any of the stories that feature the 5th god, the Bastard, so that automatically includes all Penric stories. This one, though, is a little more Bastard-centric than most, even if the God Himself doesn't appear directly. Desdemona is positively gleeful at times, too, which doesn't hurt in the least. I ...more
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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

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Penric and Desdemona (Chronological) (7 books)
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  • Penric's Fox (Penric and Desdemona, #5)
  • Penric’s Mission (Penric and Desdemona, #3)
  • Mira's Last Dance (Penric and Desdemona, #4)
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