Book 5 in Penric and Desdemona series (2017)
In this sequel to the novella Penric’s Mission, the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas.
Penric, Nikys, and Adelis, are still trying to flee to Orbas, but the journey through the last parts of Cedonia proves anything but smooth. Not only that but it is hindered by the fact that Penric is still recovering from the happenings at the end of the last novella, Penric’s Mission.
In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even more unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.