Bujold, Lois McMaster

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The Orphans of Raspay

Bujold’s seventh “Penric and Desdemona” story (after The Prisoner of Limnos) is just as engaging as her previous works, highlighting a unique duo and their exciting travails. The expansive worldbuilding is detailed and filled with intriguing characters.

Knife Children

Bujold’s delightful prose delves once again into the Lakewalker world. While not submerged in high-action conflict, the thought-provoking plot is centered on character growth, family ties, and personal responsibility, and will appeal to readers interested in stories focused on these themes.

The Prisoner of Limnos

Fast action and dialog create a humorous and satisfying story that shows the intriguing connection between sorcerer and demon.—Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton

Mira's Last Dance

Bujold's fans will appreciate this novella, which returns to her World of the Five Gods and beloved maturing characters.

Penric's Fox

Bujold's many faithful readers will delight in this engaging blend of mystery and magic.

Penric and the Shaman

Set in the world of "The Five Gods" (The Curse of Challion; Paladin of Souls; The Hallowed Hunt), Bujold's novella takes series fans back to a well-known realm in an exciting new adventure. The varied voices, especially between Pen and Desdemona, add a fun slant to a serious tale.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Bujold has had great success in the past writing romance featuring mature adults (Paladin of Souls), and Oliver and Cordelia make a lovely couple, albeit one with more baggage than most. A welcome addition to a series that is always a delight.


This title is part of a long-running series that also features humor, action, and memorable characters. This reviewer envies those who have not yet had the chance to meet indomitable underdog Miles and who have the option of a summer spent devouring the entire saga.

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