Penric's Fox

Penric's Fox

By Lois McMaster Bujold

  • Release Date: 2017-08-07
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 5
From 14 Ratings
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"Penric's Fox": a Penric & Desdemona novella in the World of the Five Gods. Book 3.

Some eight months after the events of “Penric and the Shaman”, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald.  There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl.  When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.

"Penric and the Shaman" was a 2017 Hugo Award nominee in the novella category.

“Bujold couldn't characterize badly if threatened with a firing squad, and what really keeps one turning the pages is the fascinating cast of characters.” (re PALADIN OF SOULS)

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.” 
- SF Site 
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“Compelling characters and richly detailed world building.” (re THE CURSE OF CHALION) 

“Bujold's reworking of a classic romantic situation is distinguished by its setting in a well-crafted world and masterly creation of characters whose fates will keep readers turning the pages.” (re THE HALLOWED HUNT)

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction.  She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.  She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982.  She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies.  Her books have been translated into over twenty languages.  Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.


  • Is good!

    By Archangel Beth
    Should stand alone fine. A few bits have, obviously, more depth if you've read the first lot, but if you can accept that there may be some glossing, you should be up to speed quickly if you just like foxes and want to jump in here. :)
  • The difference between shamans and sorcerers

    By Marina Ariadne
    ...are shown in this sequel to Penric's Shaman. Starts out with Pen (sorcerer) and Inglis (shaman) enjoying a lazy morning of fishing by a river. Pen finds out making a Great Beast of an earthworm is fraught with imponderables. We see more of the Princess Archdivine, and more interaction between her and Pen. It's fun. It's serious. Pen discovers another scholar who has recently come into a barony. Pen also discovers new skills and more about who he is. You should seriously read this book.
  • Another delightful adventure

    By Alice Bentley
    Great characters are once again the best part of this newest Penric story, as we meet some new faces and those met in Penric and the Shamen become better known. While one can easily envy Penric, or Ingles, for their uncanny abilities, this demonstrated the greater hazards they also carry with them. All this, and a fraught murder mystery as well!