I waited to read Parts 1 through 3 before sharing my opinion of "The Sharing Knife" series. While it was more romance novel than my usual liking, I found the characters engaging. The descriptive narrative in that regard was very good (you could cast the movie in your head by reading/listening to the book). The premise of the sharing knife was well thought out, as were the stark differences (and newfound similarities) between the farmers and the lake walkers. The present-day relative class/race/religion struggles are more than subtly entwined in the chasm that separates farmers and lake walkers. I like a story with a moral, and this series has several: we all do better when we work together; don't judge a book by its cover; and try to see the world through another's eyes if you wonder what you have been overlooking...and that's just a few of them.
Read this after you finish reading the first chapter of Book 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy....it will make a little more sense.
While the author admits to playing fast and loose with a few of the historical facts to fit the plot, overall it was a good read (listen). I thought that the midevil flavor was good, but lacked the well-researched detail of Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End." If you enjoy fiction set in this time period, you will like the historical perspective as written. I thought that the shifts to present day that occurred throughout the story would have been more smoothly placed as prologue and epilogue.
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