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The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 Audiobook

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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    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
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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.

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    Amazon Customer 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story wonderfully read"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the book that convinced me I did like audiobooks, despite a bad first experience with them. The story is fantastic, I love this series, and Bernadette Dunn brought it to life beautifully. It got me hooked, and I have listened to the whole series multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-25-13
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"

    Boring, slow paced. Tried to listen to it several times, but couldn't get through it. The Fawn character is immature and annoying. The age gap on the romance is creepy.

    1 of 2 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 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Stein 01-15-12
    Paula Stein 01-15-12
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    "A Wonderful Surprise"
    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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