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The Orphans of Raspay: A Penric and Desdemona novella in the World of the Five Gods (Penric & Desdemona) Kindle Edition
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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. In 2019 she was named a Damon Knight Grand Master by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, one of science fiction's highest honors. She has won seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. Hugo awards for Best Series were received by the Vorkosigan Saga in 2017, and the World of the Five Gods in 2018.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07VFPQ711
- Publisher : Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (17 July 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3058 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 119 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 58,700 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My personal rating system
1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
This book earned it's five stars, I look forward to recommending it to all my friends and I expect to reread it several times over the years. I keep hoping for a full book with Penric and Desdemona, as I'd love to immerse myself in their world for a couple of days.
Top reviews from other countries
I read this in one gulp. Bujold is one of my favourite writers and Penric is an excellent character, especially with Desdemona chipping in with demonic wisdom. Highly recommended.
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 mischievous thumbprint all over this one.
While you will definitely get a lot more out of all of this if you've read all the other books before, I do think new people could jump in here and get a taste of what this series is all about. True, it's not as in-depth or thought-provoking as some of the other tales, but it is fun, often farcical and perfect for a bit of light fantasy reading. I do love these surprise releases.
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 good storyteller that she can spin a couple of hours of entertainment out of not much at all.
This is not really a book for people who haven't read previous stories in the series - although the action would make sense, certain aspects of the characters (e.g. Desdemona!) are pretty much unique so if you don't already have the background you'll be left wondering what's going on.
The Barayar-Vorkosigan saga and Curse of Chalion- Palladi of Souls-Hallowed Hunt books are among my favorites of all time.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED (best read in 'Penric saga' order, and I'd suggest Curse of Chalion or Hallowed Hunt first)