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Penric and the Shaman (Penric & Desdemona Book 2) by [Bujold, Lois McMaster]
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Author's Note:
A Bujold Reading-Order Guide
The FantasyNovels
My fantasy novels are not hard toorder. Easiest of all is The Spirit Ring, which is a stand-alone, oraquel, as some wag once dubbed books that for some obscure reason failed tospawn a subsequent series. Next easiest are the four volumes of The SharingKnife--in order, Beguilement, Legacy, Passage, and Horizon--whichI broke down and actually numbered, as this was one continuous tale dividedinto non-wrist-breaking chunks.
What were called the Chalion booksafter the setting of its first two volumes, but which now that the geographicscope has widened I'm dubbing the World of the Five Gods, were written to bestand-alones as part of a larger whole, and can in theory be read in any order.Some readers think the world-building is easier to assimilate when the booksare read in publication order, and the second volume certainly containsspoilers for the first (but not the third.) In any case, the publication orderis:
The Curse of Chalion
Paladin of Souls
The Hallowed Hunt
"Penric's Demon"
"Penric and the Shaman"
In terms of internal world chronology, The Hallowed Hunt wouldfall first, the Penric novellas perhaps a hundred and fifty years later, and TheCurse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls would follow a century or soafter that.
Other Original E-books
The short story collection ProtoZoa contains five very early tales--three (1980s) contemporary fantasy, twoscience fiction--all previously published but not in this handy format. Thenovelette "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" may be of interest to Vorkosigan completists,as it is the first story in which that proto-universe began, mentioning BetaColony but before Barrayar was even thought of.
Sidelines:Talks and Essays is just what it says on the tin--a collection of threedecades of my nonfiction writings, including convention speeches, essays,travelogues, introductions, and some less formal pieces. I hope it will provean interesting companion piece to my fiction.
TheVorkosigan Stories
Many pixels have been expended debating the 'best' order inwhich to read what have come to be known as the Vorkosigan Books (or Saga), theVorkosiverse, the Miles books, and other names. The debate mainly revolvesaround publication order versus internal-chronological order. I favor internalchronological, with a few adjustments.
It was always my intention to write each book as astand-alone, so that the reader could theoretically jump in anywhere. Whilestill somewhat true, as the series developed it acquired a number of sub-arcs,closely related tales that were richer for each other. I will list the sub-arcs,and then the books, and then the duplication warnings. (My publishing historyhas been complex.) And then the publication order, for those who want it.
Shards of Honor and Barrayar. The first twobooks in the series proper, they detail the adventures of Cordelia Naismith ofBeta Colony and Aral Vorkosigan of Barrayar. Shards was my very firstnovel ever; Barrayar was actually my eighth, but continues the tale thenext day after the end of Shards. For readers who want to be sure ofbeginning at the beginning, or who are very spoiler-sensitive, start with thesetwo.
The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game(with, perhaps, the novella "The Mountains of Mourning" tucked in between.) TheWarrior's Apprentice introduces the character who became the series'linchpin, Miles Vorkosigan; the first book tells how he created a spacemercenary fleet by accident; the second how he fixed his mistakes from thefirst round. Space opera and military-esque adventure (and a number of otherthings one can best discover for oneself), The Warrior's Apprenticemakes another good place to jump into the series for readers who prefer a youngmale protagonist.
After that: Brothers in Arms should be read before MirrorDance, and both, ideally, before Memory.
Komarr makes another alternate entry point for theseries, picking up Miles's second career at its start. It should be read beforeA Civil Campaign.
Borders of Infinity, a collection of three of thefive currently extant novellas, makes a good Miles Vorkosigan early-adventuresampler platter, I always thought, for readers who don't want to committhemselves to length. (But it may make more sense if read after TheWarrior's Apprentice.) Take care not to confuse the collection-as-a-wholewith its title story, "The Borders of Infinity".
Falling Free takes place 200years earlier in the timeline and does not share settings or characters withthe main body of the series. Most readers recommend picking up this storylater. It should likely be read before Diplomatic Immunity, however,which revisits the "quaddies", a bioengineered race of free-fall dwellers, inMiles's time.
The novels in the internal-chronological list below appearin italics; the novellas (officially defined as a story between 17,500 wordsand 40,000 words) in quote marks.
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
"The Mountains of Mourning"
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
"The Borders of Infinity"
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
"Winterfair Gifts"
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
The novella "Weatherman" is anout-take from the beginning of the novel The Vor Game. If you alreadyhave The Vor Game, you likely don't need this.
The original 'novel' Borders ofInfinity was a fix-up collection containing the three novellas "TheMountains of Mourning", "Labyrinth", and "The Borders of Infinity", togetherwith a frame to tie the pieces together. Again, beware duplication. The framestory does not stand alone.
Publication order:
This is also the order in which theworks were written, apart from a couple of the novellas, but is not identicalto the internal-chronological. It goes:
Shards of Honor (June 1986)
The Warrior's Apprentice (August 1986)
Ethan of Athos (December1986)
Falling Free (April1988)
Brothers in Arms (January 1989)
Borders of Infinity (October 1989)
The Vor Game (September1990)
Barrayar (October1991)
Mirror Dance(March 1994)
Cetaganda (January1996)
Memory(October 1996)
Komarr (June1998)
A Civil Campaign (September 1999). 
Diplomatic Immunity (May 2002)
"Winterfair Gifts" (February 2004)
CryoBurn (November2010)
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (November 2012)
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (February 2016)
. . . Thirtyyears fitted on a page. Huh.
Happy reading!
-- Lois McMaster Bujold

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Young Lord Penric now wears the white robes of the Bastard's Order, complete with shoulder braids marking him as a divine and sorcerer, while he pursues scholarly studies in the court of the Princess-Archdivine. His demon of disorder, Desdemona, is, of course, present, accounted for, and offering clever commentary, particularly when she grows bored. And so when a Locator of the Father's Order shows up on the Archdivine's threshold in need of a sorcerer for a journey and she volunteers Penric, at least Des is thrilled with the prospect of an adventure. As they travel into the mountains to locate Inglis, a shaman accused of murdering his best friend, the sitation grows into a test for all of Penric's developing talents. Multiple-award-winner and bestselling author Lois McMaster Bujold returns to her World of the Five Gods, the setting of her acclaimed novels The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt. Set four years after the events detailed in the Hugo and Locus Award finalist for Best Novella, "Penric's Demon," Bujold's newest installment of Penric and Desdemona's tale is a breaktaking must-read novella for her legion of fans.

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  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (June 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2016
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