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The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 Audiobook

The Sharing Knife, Volume 1: Beguilement

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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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 07-11-16
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 07-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Great world building; snoozy romance"

    Fawn Bluefield spent the night in a barn and she’s a bit road weary for it. She had to leave her family’s farm and now she’s on her way to Glassforge, one of the larger cities, to find work. However, she’s soon swept up in an adventure she didn’t anticipate, one that takes much from her but holds the possibility of giving her much in return.

    I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. Fawn is in her late teens or early twenties and she has made this tough choice to head out on her own. We learn really early on that she’s pregnant and she doesn’t want to burden her family with the consequences, but she also doesn’t want to face their ridicule. As we learn about Fawn and her troubles, we also learn about this magical world around her. Plus, Fawn is short for her age and folks tend to underestimate her, or talk over her head and she has to correct them on that.

    The Lakewalkers are little known to Fawn, other than she thinks it’s best to leave them alone. They patrol the area, often hunting malices and their mudmen. As a malice grows in size, it starts kidnapping more and more humans to do it’s bidding. The Lakewalkers do their best to put down these malices but with the constant suspicion from the settled folks, it can be a bit tough. Dag is an older Lakewalker with plenty of scars and losses to bear. Yet when Fawn needs his help, he doesn’t hesitate. The Lakewalker patrols are made up of both men and women and seem a but more open about several things, things that Fawn asks about later on, much to my amusement as it makes Dag blush!

    I was definitely fascinated by the sharing knives and the groundsense the Lakewalkers have. This mystical element really drew me in and I found myself pondering all the ways one could make use of groundsense. I’m sure the Lakewalkers have some intricate social niceties when it comes to groundsense, just trying to be polite and not intrude on one another’s private thoughts and feelings. The sharing knives were intriguing but I found the rules for their making and use to be confusing. Perhaps that is better explained further along in the series.

    The malices made me think of alien spores that were left here to terraform the planet to the aliens’s liking but were then abandoned because we have Lakewalkers who have sharing knives. Anyway, the malice in this story isn’t a straight up evil. It’s not something that Fawn can easily relate to or understand. But thankfully Dag has the experience and knows what to do! I think these malices are an interesting and worthy foe for the story.

    Then we get to the second half of the book, which is just all romance. Now, I was already invested in Fawn and Dag, so I finished the book out. But I am not a romance genre person so I found the second half of the book slow and uneventful. There were some little nuggets here and there, such as meeting Fawn’s grandmother and learning about the bindings Lakewalkers use in their relationships, but the bulk of it was a snooze for me.

    I really liked that the author put in common things that many women have to deal with that we typically don’t see in other fantasy fiction. There’s accidental pregnancy, miscarriage, talk of menstruation, and rape. Just an FYI – the rape is left incomplete because the bad guy is no longer able to continue on. I think authors shouldn’t be afraid to include such things in fiction because many of these things happen to many women and women make up a sizable part of the reading community. Kudos to the author for doing so!

    I’m intrigued enough to want to continue the series but I probably won’t be dashing off to do so. Half a book of romance will last me quite some time.

    The Narration: Bernadette Dunne was great for this book. She had a practical, if sometimes young, Fawn down to a tee. I also liked her gruff voice for Dag. She had a great older female voice for the practical Mari, Dag’s patrol captain.

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    paul 06-13-16
    paul 06-13-16
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    "Not a Vorkosigan series"

    A nice fantacy novel with her usual social observations, nomad warrior/ agrarian differences in this case. An effort at explanatin of the magic, a good one i think. Plenty for the female reader.

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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.

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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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