Confession time: while Lois McMaster Bujold's sci-fi Vorkosigan series are among my favourite books of all time, I've never read any of her fantasy novels. I don't read that much fantasy these days... I think the multi-year waits between Robert Jordan's and George R.R. Martin's books kind of killed my enjoyment of the genre.
Knowing how good a writer she is, though, when her name popped up on a book in my NetGalley page, I had no compunctions about immediately clicking to request it for review.
And boy, am I ever glad I did. This is a wonderful story in a richly detailed world; while it's a novella about an existing character's adventures in a world that's already been introduced in previous books, I had absolutely no trouble following along. Enough detail was given on the mythos and magic (without info-dumping) that I was never confused as to what was going on.
I'm off to go and buy the rest of the World Of The Five Gods series now. I never had a clue what I was missing out on before, but if this short novella is a taste, then it looks as though I have a rich feast of reading to come.
Penric and the Shaman is available on Amazon now.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.