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Download ✓ The Physicians of Vilnoc Ë PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð 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 PenrDedicated 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”. I’m not enjoying the Penric novellas anywhere near as much as the Five Gods novels I think largely because certainly by this point they lack suspense of any kind Everything will work out fine and uickly so So the novellas are ok but only that nowhere near Bujold at her best

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A 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. Plot Sorcerer Priest and ride along demon deal with a plague1 My favourite plague ft magical cures book is The Healing in the Vine aka Briar's Book which goes really into the nitty gritties of uarantining measures and vaccine research The Physicians of Vilnoc doesn't go uite as deep and most of the story is focused on finding the cause of the plague than the logistics of the containment measures but it's still a lot of fun 2 I did surprise myself a little by getting upset at a few of the scenes not because of the scenes themselves but because of the IRL analogues Turns out I'm not as blase about Covid 19 as I pretend to be who knew Keep your masks on folks3 I love it when a fantasy book goes yes we have magic and yes it is helpful in this situation but it's not as helpful as you think it's going to be and HERE'S WHY because that my friends is stellar worldbuilding It's integration of the overall magical structure into practical economics It's building a society and social conseuences from the ground up and not focusing solely on the royalty and the aristocracy And again this book doesn't go into it uite as much as I'd like but it was definitely a significant part of the story4 This reads like a mystery than anything else Pen and Des collect information collate it with the help of their colleagues rule out methods of transmission and just generally keep plugging at things till they get answers It's all very practical and down to earth and I love it5 Pen is as delightful as he always is but I'm saddened we didn't get to objectify him uite as much as we usually do I am a simple woman with simple needs and people sighing over Pen being pretty is one of those needs Des has never ceased to be a delight ever I didn't get to see as much of the extended Arysaydia family as I wanted to but we did get a couple of really lovely new characters I immediately adopted because a Rede is a harried researcher who used himself as a test subject how can I NOT love him and b Dubro named the demon he got from his dog after his dog and I think everything about that is just adorable in like ten different ways 6 ANYWAY like all Penric books this one was far too short which is to say it was a complete story but I could easily have devoured a couple of hundred pages of this but it managed to make the world seem like a brighter lovelier place while I was reading it And that is an absolute boon in these interesting times

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The Physicians of VilnocWhen 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 Arisaydi. The endless parallels between the real world COVID pandemic and the epidemic in this fantasy novella published in May 2020 is disturbing Maybe that’s why I waited for so long before finally reading the story In the beginning Penric is happy His beloved wife loves him His newborn daughter is flourishing His studies and translations afford him the deepest scholarly satisfaction His demon Desdemona has settled into a happy routine alongside with him when this domestic idyll is rudely interrupted 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 Penric’s struggles magical and mundane to contain the disease heal his rapidly multiplying number of patients and find the source of the killer malady fills most of this book After watching the scary news about the pandemic reading this fantasy is unsettling It echoes everything in the news so precisely you would think the author was prescient I heard she wrote the story before the pandemic unfolded to its current global level What did she know I wonder to be able to hit all the key horrors of the today’s grim reality in her short fantasy tale about demons and magic Or maybe she just proved once again that she is a very gifted writerA powerful and profoundly emotional story