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Royce Day
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United States
I'm a 40 something amateur writer with a half dozen original stories and collections available at Amazon… and Smashwords… and entirely too much fanfic based on Peta Hewitt's Terinu webcomic.

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Current Residence: Columbia, MD
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Skin of choice: The one keeping all my organs inside my body
Personal Quote: "Do we have any idea what to do for dinner?"

Summary: Four years after the events of Penric’s Demon, Penric, Temple Sorcerer  of the Bastard, has grown from a somewhat directionless youth to a dedicated servant of the White God. With aid of his demon, Desdemona, he’s advanced in his studies and has settled into a comfortable existence serving the Princess-Archdevine of Martensbridge. This grows slightly less comfortable when he’s assigned to aid Senior Locator Oswyl, agent of the Father of Winter, who is on the hunt for a man who is both a suspected murderer, and a shaman, dedicated to the old ways of magic that existed in the world before the Five Gods became ascendant.


Review: It’s a measure of Bujold’s considerable talent at writing characters that a story so dedicated to people listening to each other can still be compelling. Penric appears amiable, but he’s got a mind sharp as a tack. Oswyl starts as a somewhat harried investigator, but he takes pains to point out that he’s searching for a suspected murderer. He’s on the hunt, but not blind to the truth.


Meanwhile, Inglis, the suspect in question, is less a desperate murderer than just plain desperate, appalled at his own actions and searching for solution. He’s a shaman, but as much a scholar as Penric, previously using his abilities to try and rediscover ancient shamanistic methods of healing, in order to record and reproduce them (a lovely nod to scientific investigation, typical of Bujold even in her fantasy series)


When they all finally come together, the solution to the conundrum presented relies not on violence but on listening, something which Penric excels at, and on Inglis regaining his shaman’s balance.


Readers of the previous Penric novella might be disappointed that there isn’t more interaction between Pen and Des this time around, but on the other hand the narrative opens up to multiple viewpoints, allowing readers to get an “outside” view of Penric from Oswyl and Inglis, which I found more satisfying.


As always, Bujold delivers a lovely story with characters you’d like to spend an evening with. Here’s hoping this won’t be the last Pen and Des tale in the Five Gods universe.


Highly Recommended.

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ZTV25 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for watching
Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Professional
Thanks for watching! :-)
oboroten Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Happy birthday!
rubbervixen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
Happy Birthday!
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, dear!
LilFluff Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016
*sneaks in, looks around and clears throat*

🎜Happy birthday!
🎜Happy birthday!
🎜Today's the day we dance about!
🎜For today is Good Sir Royce's birthday!

Congratulations on completing another ellipse around the sun.
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks Fluff!
KingTouchstone Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to write some more FYS. This is important for reasons.
Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Worrrrrking on a it.

Srsly, I've got at least one Pro sci-fi author demanding an anthology of all the FYS stories set on the Ring so he can point people to it. 
ankewehner Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav. :)
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