When Fawn is kidnapped by one of these creatures, it is up to Dag, an older Lakewalker, heavy with sorrows and responsibilities, to rescue her. But in the ensuing struggle, it is not Dag but Fawn who kills the creature, at dire cost. And an uncanny accident befalls Dag's sharing knife, which unexpectedly binds their two fates together.
Don't miss the second volume, Legacy.
©2007 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Bujold develops the characters and their relationship skillfully enough to please romance as well as fantasy fans." (Booklist)
"[A] saga of daring deeds and unlikely romance. Bujold quickly develops unforgettable characters as she crafts a world filled with unique monsters and an original approach to magic." (Library Journal)
"Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy from Hugo-winner Bujold....Bujold hints at an epic past of mighty kingdoms and ancient sorceries, a past that will hopefully be fully detailed in the sequel." (Publishers Weekly)
I really enjoyed Curse of Chalion and wanted to try out more Bujold, but this one didn't work out the way I had hoped. Perhaps I am not the target audience. I finished the book, but I'm afraid I walked away disappointed.
It's not that this book is badly written, but all the action and heavy world-building are in the first few chapters. After that the world-building is told entirely through dialogue, and the plot turns into a straightforward love story with decent character building but little dramatic tension.
I'm not a big fan of the unnecessary age gap, but it's the substantial power differential (from "I'll teach you how the world works" to "I'll teach you how to make love") that makes the relationship creepy in my eyes.
Clearly a lot of other reviewers enjoyed this book a lot more than I did, but for my part I think I'll go back to Chalion or pick up one of Bujold's books about this Miles character I've heard so much about.
I found this story line to be a little different than what I had come to expect from 5 of her previous titles I have read. Though it started out in a similar fashion with danger and life and limb in peril it shifted away from that format and unlike her other books didn't return. If I had known that was how the story would run it's course I would have stayed clear of this novel. If I had I would have made a big mistake.
This was a wonderful story of a warrior and a commoner/farmers daughter and their adventure in a land of a pre industrial society. Ms Bujold’s writing style is once again top notch and her story telling is captivating. If she can keep someone that usually reads Asimov, Bova, Card, Herbert and Richard Morgan with a novel like this then it has to be extremely well written, and it was. Highly recommended. Don't miss this one it's very very good.
CEO 42 Software, FNC 0 Consultant
I started reading this book before my eyes started to go, so I was full aware of the text before listening. It is a wonderful tale written by a master story-teller. The characters are immediately recognizable and easy to identify with. The story line is complex, coming to a climax at least three different times in the telling of the story.
All that is what I alread knew. What I didn't know was that the reader was a master at her craft. Each voice was distinctly different and identifiable as if it were really another person speaking the lines. The male protagonist, Dag, is hard for a soprano voice to manage but she does a reasonable job.
Even if you've read this book, you'll enjoy hearing it again as a Twice Told Tale.
While I enjoyed the story it wasn’t what I was expecting.
I was expecting more of an in depth story line with action and some romance (like the Challion series). Instead this is a romance novel with a sprinkling of magic and some action.
Book 1 & 2 are both good stories but again they are not fantasy/action novels – they are love stories.
If I had purchased these as romance novels I would have given them a 4 but I was expecting more out of Bujold.
I wasn't too sure about the narrator at first. After I got used to her voices for the different characters I was totally engrosed. Fawn and Dag are wonderful. They seem to be an odd couple for many reasons. Fawn is young and seeming immature, but she soon starts showing a wisdom beyond her years. Dag is patient and brave. They encounter and overcome many obsticles while beginning their romance. Ms Bujold is a very talented writer, she's able to build multidimensional characters and describle worlds beautifully. This is one of my favorite series, I have listened to all of the volumes and I cannot wait for more.
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.
I like the author's fantasy novels as they are good fantasy without being a LOTR try hard. The characters are interesting and well developed. The fantasy world's laws are easy to understand and plausible. A great listen well worth the effort. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Narrator did a great job. Recommend
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.
I loved the first book so much that I went out and got the second and third volumes which I equally enjoyed. I found the story lines good and really enjoyed the narration as well. I found that the plot and background and characters clear enough to follow and make the audio book all that more enjoyable.
This is my first book experience of anything written by Bujold. I'm not a big Romance novel fan, but I truly enjoyed how the book began with a shy, misguided, under appreciated farm girl who ran away from home to hide her poor judgement and shame. During her traveling adventure, she quickly came across fearful situations that brought forth fearless strengths and determination that quickly caught the interest of a living legend lake walker and malice slayer, named Dag. Absolutely lovely book, and I'm downloading Book 2 now, as I want to know what happens when Spark meets Dags' (the lakewalker) family and kin, and how their lives together will grow. Great book with just the right amount of romance, adventure, and peril, etc.
I found this to be an enthralling and addictive listen - it's amazing how many times in a day I managed to find a few minutes to listen to just a little bit more... The story is compelling, and the narration is good.
"A different side to Bujold"
It was good to hear a different type of tale (for me) from this author. I love her Miles Vorkosigan novels for their wit and pace. This is the first of her fantasy novels I have listened to and although it whiled away the time as I painted the spare room, I wasn't hooked. It was a pleasant tale, but I need to listen again I think.
Yes, I will always go for her sci-fi novels for the great characters and the subtle humour along with believable tech and decent storyline. I will try another of her fantasy novels sometime, as I'm aware first-of-a-series novels are often scene-setters and the story really takes off from there. I would have liked the lead female to be a bit stronger; maybe that will come as the series unfolds.
There seemed an element of 'hillbilly' for the village folk and the main male character reminded me of Clint Eastwood! I had to remind myself sometimes this wasn't a western. Not bad, for all that though.
I will certainly try another of her fantasy novels.
An engaging book but read by someone who often sounds like she is reading a shopping list (or doing a terrible audio description for a film). The narrator is good at voices but abysmal at description. Sometimes I think she is reading the book for the first time as there are inappropriate pauses and inflections. Enjoying the story though.
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