Perhaps my favourite author, her work involves the creation of wonderfully literate, sometimes slyly amusing and witty, often charming, and always thought provoking stories and characters. Penric's, so far eight, stories are an always evolving examples of this. The I sort of visualise the societal level, location dependant, as a cross between Roman and mid Byzantine and early renaissance. As measured by my own understanding of the knowledge and quality of life and amenities in those cultures and times. The stories themselves are thoroughly engaging and Penric himself and his demon Desdemona, are characters I want to spend a lot more time with. I really hope the LMB will write many more Penric novellas, short stories, and one can only hope, even novels. In this novella Penric is brought in by his brother in law, General Arisaydia, to work on a mysterious illness that has arisen in the army camp. An excellent example of dealing with a previously unknown disease, and using diagnostic and deductive skills to identify and sorcerously treat it. And nascent epidemiology too. A really good read.