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Kathy Kennedy

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  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (320)

    Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

    Eric C. Zawadzki says: "Not really my thing"
    "More Romance Novel Than Fantasy, But I Like It"
    Overall

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Shadows: Coldfire Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (243)

    More than a millennium after the human race forges an uneasy stalemate against the demonic human-psyche feeders known as the fae, a pain-hungry demon called Calesta declares war on all living beings.

    Amy D. Flores says: "Wow, the ending blew me away!"
    "Explains a gap in the trilogy."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Read this after you finish reading the first chapter of Book 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy....it will make a little more sense.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (102)

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "(Implausably) Creative and Entertaining"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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