Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This novella continues the exploration of the Chalion realm, but rather than focusing on what it means to be a Divine or a Sorcerer, we're given insight in what it means to be a Shaman.
It's very interesting in conjunction with everything we learn in the The Hallowed Hunt.
Wolf man, indeed!
Actually, even though I was hoping for more of Desdemona, the 12 personality demon lodged within Penric's head, I wasn't too disappointed just to have her causing him a bit of trouble instead of nearly taking over the tale (and my interest) as had happened in Penric's Demon.
Instead, we've got a Penric who has gotten comfortable and educated and not desiring any sort of adventure, so yeah, of course we've got to have him sent on a mission to find a murderer and a soul-stealer. We've got to break him out of his rut! :)
The adventure is both fun and rather desperate at the same time because we get three PoV's. Penric of course, the Shaman, and the hunter. It makes for a very rounded tale and an very interesting look into what might be one of the most fascinating features of this series: the magic.
The gods are always interesting, too, but this novella really focuses on the magic of both sides of the coin, and I really enjoyed it.
I'm looking forward to more!
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
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