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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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    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"
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    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.

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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.

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    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-16-12
    Kate Dedham, MA, United States 09-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Pulled me right out of a miserable few days."
    If you could sum up The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Coming of age story with romantic and fantastic elements.


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

    I have listened to this book more than once and enjoyed Dunne's narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a comforting book.


    Any additional comments?

    The first time I tried to listen to this book, I was unable to get into it so it sat in my library for a year or more. When I finally gave it a second shot, I was able to wrap my head around it and throughly enjoyed it. It is an odd, post-collapse tale with a richly conceived world and unique characters. Fawn and Dag make an unlikely couple who have adventures in a profoundly disturbed environment. At its core, it is a well written and optimistic coming of age story written by a master writer. I listened to it for the third time (start to finish) when I had to put my beloved 13 plus year old greyhound to sleep. I felt utterly miserable for days and was sliding into an emotional funk. On a hunch, I decide to listen to Beguilment on the off chance it could lift my spirits - which it did admirably so.

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    Paula Stein 01-15-12
    Paula Stein 01-15-12
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    "A Wonderful Surprise"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I recommend this audiobook and this series. Not only is the story engrossing, compelling and witty but the narration is excellent. Just coming from listening to the Richard K Morgan series, I thought this series might be lightweight but I was totally pleasantly surprised. I found the characters refreshing and almost innocent by comparison to the dark characters in the Morgan or Abercrombie books, but they were remarkably attractive and interesting and complex.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Dunne's narration is remarkable. She is very versitile and able to clearly differentiate characters for the listener. She is also able to catch and hold the listener's attention and interest through her narration.


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    Terri 04-17-11
    Terri 04-17-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Joie California 10-26-07
    Joie California 10-26-07 Member Since 2007

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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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