Narrator Grover Gardner's wiry, rough tones evoke the stark mountain wilderness and grueling hardships in the world of the Five Gods. Penric, sorcerer, scholar, and divine of the Bastard's Order is sent on a quest to track a runaway shaman. Gardner's inflection, while brusque, belies a tenderness that lends humanity to hardened characters. The story also focuses on the travels of the shaman, Inglis, and Gardner's command of the narrative helps listeners stay invested in the overlapping tales. While the story may be harder to follow for those unfamiliar with the World of the Five Gods, listeners will enjoy Penric's resilience and humor, Bujold's world-building, and Gardner's delivery. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2017]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781441731401 $24.95 Four CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4417-3143-2 $13.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2016
CD ISBN 9781441731395 $49.00 Four CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781441749192 $19.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781441731456 multiple sources
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