Book 8 in the Penric & Desdemona series
When a mysterious plague breaks out in the army fort guarding Vilnoc, the port capital of the duchy of Orbas, Temple sorcerer Penric and his demon Desdemona are called upon by General Arisaydia to resurrect Penric’s medical skills and solve its lethal riddle. In the grueling days that follow, Pen will find that even his magic is not enough to meet the challenges without help from dedicated new colleagues—and the god of mischance.
The Physicians of Vilnoc” is the eighth Penric & Desdemona novella, following about a year after the events of The Orphans of Raspay. Penric’s brother-in-law, General Arisaydia, needs his help in his capacity as a physician. There is an outbreak of deadly fever in the military fort Arisaydia commands. He asks Penric to ride to the fort with him and try to figure out the causes and the cures of the fever.
The Physicians of Vilnoc” is the eighth Penric & Desdemona novella, following about a year after the events of “The Orphans of Raspay”.
“Bujold’s delightful latest tale of Penric … is another winner in Bujold’s already strong series.”
– Publisher’s Weekly *Starred Review* on “The Prisoner of Limnos”
“Series fans and fantasy readers who seek well-drawn characters will love this tale.”
– Publisher’s Weekly on “Mira’s Last Dance”