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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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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I really like this book

What made the experience of listening to The Sharing Knife, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

I think the most enjoyable part about this book is that I could not predict what was going to happen. Dag and Fawn kept me laughing at the oddities and intrigued with what was going to happen next.

What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

She makes you feel like the book was written a long time ago, it wasn't, it is just an instant classic. This book was recommended to me by a friend so I read it without reading up on what it was about. I was surprised to find that this book was written relatively recently.

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I don't know what there would be to complain about for this book. It is different but once you get into it, I was excited to find out what was going to happen next with them.

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I have a hard time getting interested

I have a hard time getting interested in a book with romance between an 18 yrs old and a 55 yr old. I year younger (and I think that is just a technicality) it would be a love story of a pedophile. Other than that, it would be just OK..

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  • Tahnee
  • Southbank, Australia
  • 04-05-14

A truly wonderful series for women!

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I've loved listening to this entire series! I enjoyed it even more than Bujold's other fantasy works. All four books are great, but definitely start with this one, as the series is essentially one long story broken up into 4 books. Book 1 introduces the wonderful romantic relationship that runs through the series, between two thoroughly memorable characters Fawn and Dag, and sets up everything that they will be working for and fighting for in the later books. <br/><br/>The world of the story is very rich, and the ideas it explores are actually more sophisticated than many fantasy novels. There is less "sword and sorcery" in it than in the more male-oriented fantasy volumes. I think that women listeners will really love this series. It is about relationships and love, about different paradigms and world views, and how to harmonise people's differences. <br/><br/>There is so much love and joy in this book! It is very gripping, yet nothing too terrible happens in it, and all the characters learn and grow, which is very satisfying. It is a very uplifting story and I always felt happy when listening to it. <br/><br/>Re the narrator: The characters in this series are wonderful and really come to life in this reading by Bernadette Dunne. Every single character is immediately recognisable as soon as they speak - I don't know how she does it! It is one of the best narrations I have experienced so far on Audible. Five stars!

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Little Bit on the Romancy Side

Great characters and unique, creative world. It does seem to veer toward romance pretty often in this first volume. The other 3 books in the series are less so. I do like Bujold's storytelling skill, however; so, the love story parts weren't off-putting. Only other comment is I would have probably enjoyed series more if it had been 2 volumes vs 4. Volumes 1 and 2 seem paired together in plotline and 3 and 4 definitely follow the same plot as a tradition journey and return story.

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  • Cindy
  • Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-16-12

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)

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This author should never stop writing...her audience would pine away.

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  • karen
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 07-12-12

The Sharing Knife

I have really enjoyed this series, a bit like comfort food for the soul. Beautifully written and narrated. Many thanks Lois :)

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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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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!

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