Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Orphans of Raspay is the latest of her Penric novellas. Like the previous ones, they’re about a demon-possessing cleric who has miscellaneous adventures—this time around, capture by pirates is the inciting event.

Also like the others, it’s… basically fine, I guess? It’s a story, it reads quickly, there’s nothing wrong with it; but there’s also almost nothing to it, it’s so slight. Worth reading, but not worth seeking out; if you’ve been reading the Penric stories, you’ll presumably want to read this one at some point, but don’t rush.


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