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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 08-20-08
    Sarai Belton, MO, USA 08-20-08
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    "Amazing"

    This is a must read series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. This storyline is well written and the chacter detail is just amazing. This author did an outstanding job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Mitchell 06-29-08
    C. Mitchell 06-29-08 Member Since 2003
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    "GREAT BOOK/SERIES can't wait for the 4th book"

    What a winner! A great love story with a different fantasy twist. Two cultures colliding and love and understanding triumphing.

    First of three books (and many more I hope). Each is self contained with the important info from previous books cleverly inserted into the story line. But read them in order, you don't want to miss any of this series.

    Suitable for children/adolescents.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 04-26-09
    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 04-26-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Romantic Fantasy, not Fantasy"

    The beginning of this book is top-notch writing but the middle bogs down in a coming-of-age romance with a zero suspense. If you like pure romance the story will probably statisfy, but if you are looking for a plot similar to the her previous books the action/suspense is not there.

    This is not suitable for children or teens as a previous reviewer suggests as there are many sexual scenes.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    grik 08-25-07
    grik 08-25-07
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    "A Nice Lite Romance"

    A romance written across a fantasy tale. Bujold hasnt provided as much detail in this world as she did for Paladin of Souls but I think she could flesh it out in a subsequent book. I enjoyed it very much. If you liked Catharine Asaro's Catch the Lightning you will like this one as well.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Eric San Leandro, CA, USA 01-23-08
    Eric San Leandro, CA, USA 01-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "May not be liked"

    I truly loved This authors books the hallowed hunt and paladin of souls. If you are expecting a book like those this is not it. I purchased this book and the sequel expecting great things. I found I got with in the last hour and could not even make my self finish. This is odd as I finish all my books at least 30 a year and I just could not get into this world or the Main characters. This was little house on the Prairie meets odd but not interesting monsters.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tahnee Southbank, Australia 04-05-14
    Tahnee Southbank, Australia 04-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A truly wonderful series for women!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've loved listening to this entire series! I enjoyed it even more than Bujold's other fantasy works. All four books are great, but definitely start with this one, as the series is essentially one long story broken up into 4 books. Book 1 introduces the wonderful romantic relationship that runs through the series, between two thoroughly memorable characters Fawn and Dag, and sets up everything that they will be working for and fighting for in the later books.

    The world of the story is very rich, and the ideas it explores are actually more sophisticated than many fantasy novels. There is less "sword and sorcery" in it than in the more male-oriented fantasy volumes. I think that women listeners will really love this series. It is about relationships and love, about different paradigms and world views, and how to harmonise people's differences.

    There is so much love and joy in this book! It is very gripping, yet nothing too terrible happens in it, and all the characters learn and grow, which is very satisfying. It is a very uplifting story and I always felt happy when listening to it.

    Re the narrator: The characters in this series are wonderful and really come to life in this reading by Bernadette Dunne. Every single character is immediately recognisable as soon as they speak - I don't know how she does it! It is one of the best narrations I have experienced so far on Audible. Five stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Tupelo, MS, United States 08-10-13
    John Tupelo, MS, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel

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    "Little Bit on the Romancy Side"

    Great characters and unique, creative world. It does seem to veer toward romance pretty often in this first volume. The other 3 books in the series are less so. I do like Bujold's storytelling skill, however; so, the love story parts weren't off-putting. Only other comment is I would have probably enjoyed series more if it had been 2 volumes vs 4. Volumes 1 and 2 seem paired together in plotline and 3 and 4 definitely follow the same plot as a tradition journey and return story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-16-12
    Cindy Nepean, Ontario, Canada 12-16-12 Member Since 2014

    a voracious reader transformed into an obsessive listener through the magic of MP3's. A boring accountant and federal public servant by day, I fly the winds of fantasy though my audible library

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    "Crossing Boudaries and enjoying it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wish all my friends enjoyed fantasy as much as i did. This book combines romance that bridges cultures, age and politics with a good adventure story. It has something for all.


    What other book might you compare The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 to and why?

    Truly in the same vein as this author"s other books, but with a fundamentally different premise and local. but...the underdog is a hero, and for those of us who have been underdogs our whole lives, it is great to be able to cheer for the unexpected hero.


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

    This storyteller draws you in with compelling charaterizations, not only voice but tone and energy and sweetness and anger all come through and the performer fades into the background as the characters join you in your room. i love her!


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

    I would park the car and wait until the scene changed as I could not bear to leave the pieces unheard. Lots of fun, believable characters (even ones you wanted to yell at)


    Any additional comments?

    This author should never stop writing...her audience would pine away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karina Netherlands 09-30-12
    Karina Netherlands 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much romance, not enough fantasy"
    What disappointed you about The Sharing Knife, Volume 1?

    I thought I bought (bought!) another beautiful McMaster Bujold fantasy story, but it just went on and on and on about a young girl and and older man and how they shouldn't fall in love but do. Oy, the endless conversations! The evil malices - the beasts Dag and his people fight - seemed a side story. Dag is a stupid name for a man anyway, considering what the Australians mean by it.

    Anyway -
    Being slightly older than the "old patroller" myself, I can imagine his hesitation about falling for an uneducated farm girl half his age, but dearie me - that magic must indeed be pretty strong if Fawn is the only interesting woman in his entire world. But there you go. It's fantasy, after all.


    Has The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not, but I am a fan of the genre because of the worlds that exist there and the possibilities they open. Age gap dating I can find in my own world.


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

    Nice, calm reading, very soothing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and frustration. If this were a paper book, I'd never have bought it because I would have leafed through it to see if it was any good. Yes, McMaster Bujold writes beautifully but this just wasn't my story.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to self: read the reviews better, especially those with 1 or 2 stars. They usually tell more than the raving comments do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-12-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 07-12-12

    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, a bit like comfort food for the soul. Beautifully written and narrated. Many thanks Lois :)

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