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....
On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught....
Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused to judgment....
Fiametta Beneforte dreamed of making beautiful and enchanted objets d'art, but alas her magician-goldsmith father was more likely to have her scrub the kiln than study magic....
Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job....
Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar, the most powerful nation on Terahnar, he has spent years becoming a journeyman artist....
These short stories were among the first life spontaneously generated in Lois McMaster Bujold's nascent writing career....
Someone is searching for the lost weapons of the H'san: powerful enough to destroy entire planets....
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons....
On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town....
Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew....
Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race....
Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire....
In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number....
As Dag's powers have grown, so has his frustration with the Lakewalkers' rigid mores. Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing and that the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold the malices at bay forever. Yet for all the customs that Dag and Fawn have challenged, they will soon be confronted with a crisis beyond imagining. When the old ways fail, can their untried new ways stand against their world's deadliest foe?
This book continually kept my attention throughout the entire book. I found myself staying up late doing chores just so I could continue listening. The 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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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 and a great move on Audible’s part. I promptly bought the rest of the books of the series & enjoyed them all.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have read this series several time, I am a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold, and this is one of my favorite books. I have to admit I was hesitant to listen to it since I find I can easily turned off by a reader but Bernadette Dunne does a beautiful job. The entire series is wonderfully done and was a great investment.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Where does The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Like the development of the characters
What other book might you compare The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon to and why?
Fantasy and romance
What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her interpretation helps me imagine the characters better
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Understanding each other is the key
Any additional comments?
The story just makes sense and the characters follow their roles
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed every book I've listened to by this author. I've ended every story with a smile, and this is no exception. I enjoy that fact that you could probably pick up a book at any point in the series and read it without feeling lost, but at the same time, it doesn't feel like she is spoon-feeding "review material" from previous books. I enjoy her characters and story lines. I also enjoy Bernadette Dunne. I highly recommend this serious (I would start with #1).
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book although well written and very well read, left me wanting. I won't give any plots away to those who are following this series but for me it just fell short. I felt the first three had more to them and to tell the truth I thought the third was the end. To each his own I guess. I still love LMB, and have read almost everything she has written. Can't please every one all the time. :)
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
Accolates to Boujold!
Boujold has done it again! Another great addition! And I love this series! I enjoyed her Miles Vorkosigan novels and I do hope there is still more to come from this also!
The Sharing Knife series is so warm, touching, interesting, cultural, exciting, and involved - we readers come to know the characters and their lives as if we are there in the story.
I can't wait for the next one!
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
It reached right out and grabbed my attention early and I have enjoyed all four books. just finished listening to them for the 3rd time
I love this 4th book of the series. I'm sad Lois has no plans to write another. It weaves so many loose ends of the previous books together into a conplex message of ihope. I suppose it's a great end to the series but Lois, WE WANT MORE!
This world grew on me, so I am sorry I to have finished the series. There was a logical arc with a sense of completion.
I especially loved volumes 3 and 4, and can see why everything in the first two volumes was necessary as well.
I feel that fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover Series will enjoy the Sharing Knife series.
Bujold develops her characters with finesse and personality approaching that found in Jane Austen's work.
I may need to reread the series sometime just to visit these friends.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The printed version of this book, yes. I read this series of books when they were first published and loved them. The Audio version, perhaps not.. As to why, I would have to say that I certainly enjoyed the printed version better, as I didn't have to listen to the narrator spoiling it.
What did you like best about this story?
I have always enjoyed character based stories, and this story gives a whole raft of characters, who are both likeable and interesting. The story itself was also intriguing, and kept me interested all the way to the end.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Reading in a sing song voice might be fine for three year old's, but its excruciatingly annoying for everyone else. This method of reading makes every sentence a question, which detracts from the enjoyment of the story. In my opinion, this strange phenomena seemed to get worse with each book in this series, so that by this book "Horizon", it could almost have been accompanied by an orchestra.
Did The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon inspire you to do anything?
Avoid future books read by Bernadette Dunne
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed the printed versions of this series, with its vivid characters and interesting story line, peppered with a wonderful wit and humour. The Audio version has been spoiled by a reading style that should be restricted to children's books. Ms Dunne might have done a better job if she hadn't set the story to music. I will recommend this series in Printed Form, but unless you like sung books, I'd say steer clear of this version.
I was quite disappointed with the first two books in this series. They seemed very thin after the complex characterisation and racing plots of Bujold's other books. Things picked up in book three and, either I got more into this world, or Bujold got more into her stride, but I couldn't put this one down. I wouldn't recommend starting with this though. She does give some back story, but I think you need to know what is happening from book one and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much more - the density of plot after four books was bringing her back up to usual very high levels of story telling.