This is the third story Bujold has written about Penric , unexpected bearer of a two hundred year old chaos demon . This time, he and his demon are off on a secret mission. It goes badly, which gives us a chance to see how Penric has grown as a sorcerer, and as a man. He is grown up now, and very skilled as a sorcerer.
Once again, Lois McMaster Bujold has shown us her skills at crafting characters. The story itself is quite wonderful, but it is the characters that earn it more than five stars, except that's not allowed here.
Reluctantly, I gave this short book five out of five stars on Good Reads and Amazon. I wish they allowed more.