As Dag's powers have grown, so has his frustration with the Lakewalkers' rigid mores. Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing and that the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold the malices at bay forever. Yet for all the customs that Dag and Fawn have challenged, they will soon be confronted with a crisis beyond imagining. When the old ways fail, can their untried new ways stand against their world's deadliest foe?
©2009 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[Bujold's] eventful conclusion to [The Sharing Knife] series proves that her talent for storytelling persists regardless of genre." (Library Journal)
"Bujold develops the characters and their relationship skillfully enough to please romance as well as fantasy fans." (Booklist)
This book continually kept my attention throughout the entire book. I found myself staying up late doing chores just so I could continue listening. The whole Sharing Knife series has been very enjoyable. This fourth volume has continued that tradition. I love Dag's no-nonsense heroic ways and Fawn's heroic pluck. I enjoy characters I would personally like to meet and get to know. These two definitely qualify.
I have never been disappointed and have thoroughly enjoyed all of Bujold's books and series. With this book she continues to earn my respect and I hope will earn yours as well.
Lois McMaster Bujold develops a fascinating world and characters. On top of everything else, including the love story, the discovery of inner strength and talents, overcoming adversity, cooperation and more, it is a wonderful story of two groups of peoples slowly overcoming superstitious prejudice and the beginnings of true understanding and trust.
She provides just enough information about the events that occurred before the books for the reader to theorize about the probable history. I hope Bujold has plans for a future book(s) expanding on the history of this ‘world’ and possibly more development of the third group of ‘peoples’.
I bought the first book of this series through one of spend 2 credits get 3 book specials and it was one of my best buys thus far and a great move on Audible’s part. I promptly bought the rest of the books of the series & enjoyed them all.
I have read this series several time, I am a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold, and this is one of my favorite books. I have to admit I was hesitant to listen to it since I find I can easily turned off by a reader but Bernadette Dunne does a beautiful job. The entire series is wonderfully done and was a great investment.
Like the development of the characters
Fantasy and romance
Her interpretation helps me imagine the characters better
Understanding each other is the key
The story just makes sense and the characters follow their roles
I have enjoyed every book I've listened to by this author. I've ended every story with a smile, and this is no exception. I enjoy that fact that you could probably pick up a book at any point in the series and read it without feeling lost, but at the same time, it doesn't feel like she is spoon-feeding "review material" from previous books. I enjoy her characters and story lines. I also enjoy Bernadette Dunne. I highly recommend this serious (I would start with #1).
This book although well written and very well read, left me wanting. I won't give any plots away to those who are following this series but for me it just fell short. I felt the first three had more to them and to tell the truth I thought the third was the end. To each his own I guess. I still love LMB, and have read almost everything she has written. Can't please every one all the time. :)
Accolates to Boujold!
Boujold has done it again! Another great addition! And I love this series! I enjoyed her Miles Vorkosigan novels and I do hope there is still more to come from this also!
The Sharing Knife series is so warm, touching, interesting, cultural, exciting, and involved - we readers come to know the characters and their lives as if we are there in the story.
I can't wait for the next one!
I love this 4th book of the series. I'm sad Lois has no plans to write another. It weaves so many loose ends of the previous books together into a conplex message of ihope. I suppose it's a great end to the series but Lois, WE WANT MORE!
This world grew on me, so I am sorry I to have finished the series. There was a logical arc with a sense of completion.
I especially loved volumes 3 and 4, and can see why everything in the first two volumes was necessary as well.
I feel that fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover Series will enjoy the Sharing Knife series.
Bujold develops her characters with finesse and personality approaching that found in Jane Austen's work.
I may need to reread the series sometime just to visit these friends.
The fourth book of this lovely series was a nice round conclusion leaving no loose ends. I fell in love with the world that the author created and also with the love story between Dag and Fawn. The massive age difference gave me a few qualms at the beginning, but I quickly got over them. There was an innocence that indured throughout the whole series and I found it refreshing, but not at all immature. I will definitely be buying and reading more of this author's books.
"Poor Narrator Spoiled a Good Story"
The printed version of this book, yes. I read this series of books when they were first published and loved them. The Audio version, perhaps not.. As to why, I would have to say that I certainly enjoyed the printed version better, as I didn't have to listen to the narrator spoiling it.
I have always enjoyed character based stories, and this story gives a whole raft of characters, who are both likeable and interesting. The story itself was also intriguing, and kept me interested all the way to the end.
Reading in a sing song voice might be fine for three year old's, but its excruciatingly annoying for everyone else. This method of reading makes every sentence a question, which detracts from the enjoyment of the story. In my opinion, this strange phenomena seemed to get worse with each book in this series, so that by this book "Horizon", it could almost have been accompanied by an orchestra.
Avoid future books read by Bernadette Dunne
I really enjoyed the printed versions of this series, with its vivid characters and interesting story line, peppered with a wonderful wit and humour. The Audio version has been spoiled by a reading style that should be restricted to children's books. Ms Dunne might have done a better job if she hadn't set the story to music. I will recommend this series in Printed Form, but unless you like sung books, I'd say steer clear of this version.
"satisfactory ending to the series"
I was quite disappointed with the first two books in this series. They seemed very thin after the complex characterisation and racing plots of Bujold's other books. Things picked up in book three and, either I got more into this world, or Bujold got more into her stride, but I couldn't put this one down. I wouldn't recommend starting with this though. She does give some back story, but I think you need to know what is happening from book one and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much more - the density of plot after four books was bringing her back up to usual very high levels of story telling.
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