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A Collection of three novellas in the World of the Gods

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Follow Penric on his journey from noble young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard's Order. Three fantasy novellas by multiple award winning author Lois McMaster Bujold, together for the first time!

Penric’s Demon

On the way to his betrothal young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is no ordinary woman. She is is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, "master of all disasters out of season." As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric . . . and changes the course of his life forever.

Penric and the Shaman

Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric finds his scholarly work interrupted when he is called upon to accompany a "Locator" of the Father’s Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. But Penric finds that the mission is anything but easy and that his new skills will be pushed to the breaking point.

Penric’s Fox

When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard's Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Look for the final version on January 7, 2020

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ISBN-13: 978-1-9821-2429-8

Introduction copyright © 2020 by Lois McMaster Bujold, “Penric’s Demon” copyright © 2015 by Lois McMaster Bujold, “Penric and the Shaman” copyright © 2016 by Lois McMaster Bujold, “Penric’s Fox” copyright © 2017 by Lois McMaster Bujold

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