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The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

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".
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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".

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 11-30-11
    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 11-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the series and the author"

    Bujold has come to be my favorite author. I first read her Miles Vorkosigan series, and then I found this one. She has a gift of developing rich and interesting characters, and of moving along a plot without feeling forced. She also does well developing strong female characters. This is an interesting story told well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    WENDELL MEERES Vancouver, BC Canada 10-19-09
    WENDELL MEERES Vancouver, BC Canada 10-19-09 Member Since 2003
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    Among the best audio books I have ever listened to. The characters are exceptionally well developed and the narrator is great. I became a fan of Bujold by listening to these books.

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    Susan Mukilteo, WA, United States 01-04-14
    Susan Mukilteo, WA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2006
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    "NIce enough but I felt un-fulfilled."

    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.

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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-16-12
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Pulled me right out of a miserable few days."
    If you could sum up The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Coming of age story with romantic and fantastic elements.


    Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to this book more than once and enjoyed Dunne's narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a comforting book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I tried to listen to this book, I was unable to get into it so it sat in my library for a year or more. When I finally gave it a second shot, I was able to wrap my head around it and throughly enjoyed it. It is an odd, post-collapse tale with a richly conceived world and unique characters. Fawn and Dag make an unlikely couple who have adventures in a profoundly disturbed environment. At its core, it is a well written and optimistic coming of age story written by a master writer. I listened to it for the third time (start to finish) when I had to put my beloved 13 plus year old greyhound to sleep. I felt utterly miserable for days and was sliding into an emotional funk. On a hunch, I decide to listen to Beguilment on the off chance it could lift my spirits - which it did admirably so.

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    Paula Stein Edmonton, AB 01-15-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I recommend this audiobook and this series. Not only is the story engrossing, compelling and witty but the narration is excellent. Just coming from listening to the Richard K Morgan series, I thought this series might be lightweight but I was totally pleasantly surprised. I found the characters refreshing and almost innocent by comparison to the dark characters in the Morgan or Abercrombie books, but they were remarkably attractive and interesting and complex.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Dunne's narration is remarkable. She is very versitile and able to clearly differentiate characters for the listener. She is also able to catch and hold the listener's attention and interest through her narration.


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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-30-10
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-30-10 Member Since 2010

    yufasa

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    "Love story, not fantasy"

    A love story set in a very loosely built fantasy world.
    Don't look for action or magic here. It does get mentioned, but very little happen.

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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 07-26-09
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    Excellent Story, interesting, and well written to engage the reader!!! I found it so interesting and engaging, I didn't want to stop listening.
    I loved the way, the characters' culture and lifestyle becomes very intricate, interesting, and very sensical! It's also a great love story and touches on reality at the same time, so the story blends fantasy, and reality so interestingly - that you forget the fantasy!
    Another Bujold masterpiece!!

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    "A wonderful read!"

    I judge most works of fiction by how I feel at the end of the book -- whether or not the characters feel like friends, and if the world they inhabit is a place I'd like to visit. With so much unpleasantness in the world, books provide a much desired escape, so I'm careful what I choose to read. This story was so beautifully crafted, the language so pure and integral to the world the author created, that I found myself transported there. It is my first book by this author, but I cannot wait to read her other works. Simply gorgeous.

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-01-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-01-10 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "It's a romance not a fantasy"

    It is not science fiction. It is barely fantasy... sure, it's a fantastical world with some "magical" skills, but really... it's a romance novel. And not a very good one at that.

    The PLOT:
    Girl (20 yr old) meets man (40ish). She's infatuated. He knows better - and is told by his female mentor that he should leave the girl alone - but he can't help himself so they "fall in love" and he teaches her the "ways of love". Then they meet her family and get married.

    Yup, that's the story. The first couple hours are interesting and gives the sense that there might be a story in here (the world is well-developed and the Malices seem like an intriguing "bad guy"), but... after the halfway point absolutely nothing happens other than they have sex (flowery, not graphic), they meet her family and they get married.

    Gag.

    At least the narrator is okay, though she makes Fawn sound even younger than 20 which makes the romance with a man twice her age a little more creepy.

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    D Tahoe City, CA, United States 08-13-10
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    "Fantistic"

    Ms Bujold has a way with entertaining stories this one has another message on the views of socialistic indifference and how it mis-leads us all down the path of isolationism. Above all that it's a great story fun listen and greatly appreciated addition to the archives of fantasy works.
    Thanks

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