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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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    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 10-02-07
    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 10-02-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Another fantasy"

    Another new universe from Bujold. Half the fun is figuring out the laws of magic. But people are people regardless of the universe they are in, and Bujold writes well about people, the way they act and interact.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    WENDELL MEERES Vancouver, BC Canada 10-19-09
    WENDELL MEERES Vancouver, BC Canada 10-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    Among the best audio books I have ever listened to. The characters are exceptionally well developed and the narrator is great. I became a fan of Bujold by listening to these books.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karina Netherlands 09-30-12
    Karina Netherlands 09-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much romance, not enough fantasy"
    What disappointed you about The Sharing Knife, Volume 1?

    I thought I bought (bought!) another beautiful McMaster Bujold fantasy story, but it just went on and on and on about a young girl and and older man and how they shouldn't fall in love but do. Oy, the endless conversations! The evil malices - the beasts Dag and his people fight - seemed a side story. Dag is a stupid name for a man anyway, considering what the Australians mean by it.

    Anyway -
    Being slightly older than the "old patroller" myself, I can imagine his hesitation about falling for an uneducated farm girl half his age, but dearie me - that magic must indeed be pretty strong if Fawn is the only interesting woman in his entire world. But there you go. It's fantasy, after all.


    Has The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not, but I am a fan of the genre because of the worlds that exist there and the possibilities they open. Age gap dating I can find in my own world.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice, calm reading, very soothing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and frustration. If this were a paper book, I'd never have bought it because I would have leafed through it to see if it was any good. Yes, McMaster Bujold writes beautifully but this just wasn't my story.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to self: read the reviews better, especially those with 1 or 2 stars. They usually tell more than the raving comments do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 11-30-11
    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 11-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Love the series and the author"

    Bujold has come to be my favorite author. I first read her Miles Vorkosigan series, and then I found this one. She has a gift of developing rich and interesting characters, and of moving along a plot without feeling forced. She also does well developing strong female characters. This is an interesting story told well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-30-10
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 12-30-10 Member Since 2014

    yufasa

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    "Love story, not fantasy"

    A love story set in a very loosely built fantasy world.
    Don't look for action or magic here. It does get mentioned, but very little happen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-01-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-01-10 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "It's a romance not a fantasy"

    It is not science fiction. It is barely fantasy... sure, it's a fantastical world with some "magical" skills, but really... it's a romance novel. And not a very good one at that.

    The PLOT:
    Girl (20 yr old) meets man (40ish). She's infatuated. He knows better - and is told by his female mentor that he should leave the girl alone - but he can't help himself so they "fall in love" and he teaches her the "ways of love". Then they meet her family and get married.

    Yup, that's the story. The first couple hours are interesting and gives the sense that there might be a story in here (the world is well-developed and the Malices seem like an intriguing "bad guy"), but... after the halfway point absolutely nothing happens other than they have sex (flowery, not graphic), they meet her family and they get married.

    Gag.

    At least the narrator is okay, though she makes Fawn sound even younger than 20 which makes the romance with a man twice her age a little more creepy.

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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 07-26-09
    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 07-26-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent Story, interesting, . . ."

    Excellent Story, interesting, and well written to engage the reader!!! I found it so interesting and engaging, I didn't want to stop listening.
    I loved the way, the characters' culture and lifestyle becomes very intricate, interesting, and very sensical! It's also a great love story and touches on reality at the same time, so the story blends fantasy, and reality so interestingly - that you forget the fantasy!
    Another Bujold masterpiece!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-09
    Mysticalsister San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-09 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful read!"

    I judge most works of fiction by how I feel at the end of the book -- whether or not the characters feel like friends, and if the world they inhabit is a place I'd like to visit. With so much unpleasantness in the world, books provide a much desired escape, so I'm careful what I choose to read. This story was so beautifully crafted, the language so pure and integral to the world the author created, that I found myself transported there. It is my first book by this author, but I cannot wait to read her other works. Simply gorgeous.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 11-01-07
    Anita 11-01-07 Listener 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C J WA, USA 05-13-11
    C J WA, USA 05-13-11 Member Since 2017

    cj

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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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