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Demon Daughter, written by Lois McMaster Bujold and self-published on January 8, 2024 as an e-book is a novella in the World of Five Gods set a few years after Knot of Shadows.

Publisher's Summary[]

A six-year-old shiplost girl draws the kin Jurald family of Vilnoc into complex dilemmas, and sorcerer Learned Penric and his Temple demon Desdemona into conflict—with each other. It will take all of Penric’s wits, his wife Nikys’s wisdom, and the hand of the fifth god’s strangest saint to untangle the threads of their future.

Plot Summary[]

Otta, age 6, on her family ship the Golden Chance, was playing with a straw doll when Ilpo the ship boy came by and showed her a rat. Charmed, she took it and was planning to make a pet of it. However, First Mate, not liking rats, pitched it overboard.

The rat had a brand new elemental demon, which passed to Otta. She passed out, and when she awoke she was starting fires all over the ship. Alarmed, First Mate tossed her overboard.

She came ashore in Orbas at the village of Zerbo. The locals initially sought to help her, but when fires started around her they became alarmed. They put her at the bottom of a dry well and sent to the nearest city, Vilnoc, for help.

Thus, Penric kin Jurald and his wife Nikys traveled to the village. Penric confirmed that she had a demon and Nikys acquired enough trust to allow conversation. With a bit of teaching, Otta learned how to control her new fire-creation skill so that she could be safely brought out of the well and Penric and Nikys decided to take her to their home while they sought her ship and thought about what action to take. Desdemona responded to the situation by taking a liking to the elemental and seeking to take care of it.

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