I really enjoyed Curse of Chalion and wanted to try out more Bujold, but this one didn't work out the way I had hoped. Perhaps I am not the target aud..Show More »ience. I finished the book, but I'm afraid I walked away disappointed.
It's not that this book is badly written, but all the action and heavy world-building are in the first few chapters. After that the world-building is told entirely through dialogue, and the plot turns into a straightforward love story with decent character building but little dramatic tension.
I'm not a big fan of the unnecessary age gap, but it's the substantial power differential (from "I'll teach you how the world works" to "I'll teach you how to make love") that makes the relationship creepy in my eyes.
Clearly a lot of other reviewers enjoyed this book a lot more than I did, but for my part I think I'll go back to Chalion or pick up one of Bujold's books about this Miles character I've heard so much about.
This series is an odyssey if ever there was one; the author's characterizations are consistent, rich, and deep. You'll love the relationship between D..Show More »ag and Faun, her hero worship of her husband is nicely balanced by his deep respect for his wife and her surprising insights. I'm not quite finished with the last volume of the last book, but it has met my litmus test of an audio book listened to in the car...I hope for traffic jams.
The complexity of the concepts are well developed; the different aspects of "ground" subtly connected and evolving as Dag discovers the depth of his talents. The reader is left searching his/her own life for evidence of "ground sense" and how it can enhance one's life!
This is an example of a series that, unlike many, keeps getting better with each book. I've been a long-time fan of Bujold, and I admire her ability ..Show More »to build entirely original (and different) worlds.
She has widened the world of these novels significantly in the 3rd volume, and introduced some delightful new characters. This was a fast-paced, intriguing story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This book continually kept my attention throughout the entire book. I found myself staying up late doing chores just so I could continue listening. Th..Show More »e whole Sharing Knife series has been very enjoyable. This fourth volume has continued that tradition. I love Dag's no-nonsense heroic ways and Fawn's heroic pluck. I enjoy characters I would personally like to meet and get to know. These two definitely qualify.
I have never been disappointed and have thoroughly enjoyed all of Bujold's books and series. With this book she continues to earn my respect and I hope will earn yours as well.