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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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    Roger United States 03-11-12
    Roger United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "True love and a wry look at life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lois McMaster Bujold has characters you can respect and grow to love.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sharing Knife, Volume 1?

    The loving couple was on the fifth day of their 2-day trip. That thought is quietly inserted into the descriptions.


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

    The reader catches the voices of the aunt's patient comforting and of the youngest brother's careless teasing.


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    CJ 05-13-11
    CJ 05-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Warning, Romance Novel not Fantasy"

    Wish I had paid more attention to other reviews - this is simply put a romance novel, and not a very exciting one at that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 04-17-11
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2008

    The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.

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    "I was totally Beguiled"

    Lois McMaster Bujold develops a fascinating world and characters. On top of everything else, including the love story, the discovery of inner strength and talents, overcoming adversity, cooperation and more, it is a wonderful story of two groups of peoples slowly overcoming superstitious prejudice and the beginnings of true understanding and trust.

    She provides just enough information about the events that occurred before the books for the reader to theorize about the probable history. I hope Bujold has plans for a future book(s) expanding on the history of this ‘world’ and possibly more development of the third group of ‘peoples’.

    I bought the first book of this series through one of spend 2 credits get 3 book specials and it was one of my best buys thus far. I promptly bought the rest of the books of the series & enjoyed them all.

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    cindy ramona, CA, United States 01-16-11
    cindy ramona, CA, United States 01-16-11
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    "...eeeyyeeew."

    The premise of this story is good.....the personal interactions are icky....very "cheap romance novel" interactions between the main characters. I really wanted them to stop talking and get to the plot of the book....sadly, I realized by the end of this book, that the action part of this series certainly wasn't happenin' in THIS book. Disappointing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joie California 10-26-07
    Joie California 10-26-07 Member Since 2007

    Jo

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    What a wonderful imagination

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    Amazon Customer 08-20-09 Member Since 2003

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    "An intriguing take on fantasy"

    I love this author's stories and this on is no exception. So far in my fantasy quest I've read nothing like it. Men might find it a bit sentamental but as a married woman I was reminded of my courtship time. Although a bit explicit, it was a refreshing jogging of memory as well as being a well-spun tale with colorful characters.

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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-25-13
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2007
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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.

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    yohance 04-24-12
    yohance 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you try another book from Lois McMaster Bujold and/or Bernadette Dunne?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Lois McMaster Bujold’s story?

    how it dragged on. The story had a good pace but then it seemed to get stuck on the love story. I like romance and love and background but I also need action.


    Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

    the tall dude. don't remember his name


    Do you think The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    probably but i won't be reading it


    Any additional comments?

    didn't finish the book. got bored won't go back to it.

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    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 11-01-07
    Anita Raleigh, NC, USA 11-01-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyable Potential Its going somewhere"

    Potential is there: after having listened to book 2 I can see where this will be very enjoyable as a series. These characters do not wring the heart like Miles and his family & crew but they are likeable and enjoyable. Dag and Spark will size up to be something, I sense a real potential in them and their story.

    I did note that their stories do not have the crushing depth and emotional attachment I found in the Challion series or Miles V. And Bujold is an enjoyable writer and thats just fine.

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    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 11-15-07
    Halena Alexandria, KY, United States 11-15-07

    Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century

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    "This book should be half price"

    Incredibly juvenile! More than half way through it and I'm done. Ohhhhhh he this and Ohhhhhhh she that! Spark? Lil Spark? Not!

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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