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The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon

In a world where malices, remnants of ancient magic, can erupt with life-destroying power, only the soldier-sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them. But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets - and themselves - from the farmers they protect. So when patroller Dag rescued farm girl Fawn, neither expected to fall in love, marry, and defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the split between their peoples.
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In a world where malices, remnants of ancient magic, can erupt with life-destroying power, only the soldier-sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them. But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets - and themselves - from the farmers they protect. So when patroller Dag rescued farm girl Fawn, neither expected to fall in love, marry, and defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the split between their peoples.

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.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Ann 10-19-09
    Ann 10-19-09
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    "Very satisfying read"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Morgester Alaska, Usa 08-07-13
    Ann Morgester Alaska, Usa 08-07-13
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 04-17-11
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2008

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "Beguiled"

    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.

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    G Reinhardt 08-31-09
    G Reinhardt 08-31-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Love Lois McMaster Bujold"

    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).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 10-11-09
    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 10-11-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another great addition to the The Sharing Knife!"

    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-19-09
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 08-19-09 Member Since 2001

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    "I love LMB books even this series but"

    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. :)

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    I really enjoyed this series and was sorry to hear it end. Perhaps there will be other books in this series. Nice narration.

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    Colleen Riswold Fort St John, British Columbia Canada 06-17-13
    Colleen Riswold Fort St John, British Columbia Canada 06-17-13
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    "wish it wasn't the last one"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Like all the others before it, the tale was gripping and you didn't want to stop listening.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Mauricio Sabanilla, Costa Rica 01-07-13
    Mauricio Sabanilla, Costa Rica 01-07-13
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    Where does The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like the development of the characters


    What other book might you compare The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon to and why?

    Fantasy and romance


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her interpretation helps me imagine the characters better


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Understanding each other is the key


    Any additional comments?

    The story just makes sense and the characters follow their roles

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-12-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-12-12 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    I have Really enjoyed this series, beautifully written and narrated. Many thanks Lois a great conclusion to this wonderful adventure. :)

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    "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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