I reached the end of this novel and said "But it nothing's really happened yet, It can't be over." The characters were nice, the story was nice, but I felt like this was definitely a prelude, not a novel in itself. But it didn't interest me enough to read the second one.
Bujold novels are at the top of my reading list, but this one didn't make the grade. As an average romance fantasy written by an average fantasy author, it's fine.
Among the best audio books I have ever listened to. The characters are exceptionally well developed and the narrator is great. I became a fan of Bujold by listening to these books.
I thought I bought (bought!) another beautiful McMaster Bujold fantasy story, but it just went on and on and on about a young girl and and older man and how they shouldn't fall in love but do. Oy, the endless conversations! The evil malices - the beasts Dag and his people fight - seemed a side story. Dag is a stupid name for a man anyway, considering what the Australians mean by it.
Being slightly older than the "old patroller" myself, I can imagine his hesitation about falling for an uneducated farm girl half his age, but dearie me - that magic must indeed be pretty strong if Fawn is the only interesting woman in his entire world. But there you go. It's fantasy, after all.
Of course not, but I am a fan of the genre because of the worlds that exist there and the possibilities they open. Age gap dating I can find in my own world.
Nice, calm reading, very soothing.
Disappointment and frustration. If this were a paper book, I'd never have bought it because I would have leafed through it to see if it was any good. Yes, McMaster Bujold writes beautifully but this just wasn't my story.
Note to self: read the reviews better, especially those with 1 or 2 stars. They usually tell more than the raving comments do.
A love story set in a very loosely built fantasy world.
Don't look for action or magic here. It does get mentioned, but very little happen.
Excellent Story, interesting, and well written to engage the reader!!! I found it so interesting and engaging, I didn't want to stop listening.
I loved the way, the characters' culture and lifestyle becomes very intricate, interesting, and very sensical! It's also a great love story and touches on reality at the same time, so the story blends fantasy, and reality so interestingly - that you forget the fantasy!
Another Bujold masterpiece!!
I judge most works of fiction by how I feel at the end of the book -- whether or not the characters feel like friends, and if the world they inhabit is a place I'd like to visit. With so much unpleasantness in the world, books provide a much desired escape, so I'm careful what I choose to read. This story was so beautifully crafted, the language so pure and integral to the world the author created, that I found myself transported there. It is my first book by this author, but I cannot wait to read her other works. Simply gorgeous.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is not science fiction. It is barely fantasy... sure, it's a fantastical world with some "magical" skills, but really... it's a romance novel. And not a very good one at that.
Girl (20 yr old) meets man (40ish). She's infatuated. He knows better - and is told by his female mentor that he should leave the girl alone - but he can't help himself so they "fall in love" and he teaches her the "ways of love". Then they meet her family and get married.
Yup, that's the story. The first couple hours are interesting and gives the sense that there might be a story in here (the world is well-developed and the Malices seem like an intriguing "bad guy"), but... after the halfway point absolutely nothing happens other than they have sex (flowery, not graphic), they meet her family and they get married.
At least the narrator is okay, though she makes Fawn sound even younger than 20 which makes the romance with a man twice her age a little more creepy.
Bujold has come to be my favorite author. I first read her Miles Vorkosigan series, and then I found this one. She has a gift of developing rich and interesting characters, and of moving along a plot without feeling forced. She also does well developing strong female characters. This is an interesting story told well.
Wish I had paid more attention to other reviews - this is simply put a romance novel, and not a very exciting one at that.
Ms Bujold has a way with entertaining stories this one has another message on the views of socialistic indifference and how it mis-leads us all down the path of isolationism. Above all that it's a great story fun listen and greatly appreciated addition to the archives of fantasy works.