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Legacy (Sharing Knife) [Hardcover]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; 1st, First Edition, First Printing edition (July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006113905X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061139055
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover. Pub the Date: 2007 Jun Pages: 384 Publisher: Harper Voyager Fawn Bluefield. The clever withyoung farmer girl. And Dag Redwing Hickory. The seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer. Have been married all of two hours the when they depart her family's farm for Dag's home at Hickory Lake Camp. Having gained a hesitant acceptance from Fawn's family for their unlikely marriage. the couple hopes to find a similar reception among Dag's Lakewalker kin. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion. setting many in the camp against them. including Dag's own mother and other. A faction of Hickory Lake Camp. denying the literal bond between Dag and Fawn. woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way. even goes so far as to threaten permanent exile for Dag. Before their fate as a couple is decided. however. Dag is called away by an unexpected - and viciously magical - mali...

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable continuation of Beguilement 26 Jun 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I am a real fan of Lois McMaster Bujold's work - she was initially known for her Miles Vorkosigan series of nearly 20 books but I actually preferred her foray into fantasy, "The Curse Of Chalion" and "Paladin Of Souls" particularly. "The Sharing Knife" duology (the first book called "Beguilement" and then this one, "Legacy") is set in a different time and world than that of the Chalion/Hallowed Hunt books - this world is more like an agrarian early America.

My first comment is that if you haven't read "The Sharing Knife: Beguilement" yet then you need to buy that book before you even consider this one. These two books are a duology but, unlike pretty much all Bujold's other books, I felt this one would have been rather a struggle if read on its own. So if you haven't read "Beguilement" then get it first and don't read on as this review of "Legacy" has spoilers for the first book.


This book starts off where "Beguilement" left off - Dag and Fawn are married and are making their way to Dag's home. We have gone through the difficulties Fawn faced with her family's dubious acceptance of her new husband - now we get the same from Dag's people's point of view. Only worse.

A lot of this book seems to be about cross-cultural clashes. The Lakewalkers and Farmers are different groups of people and it seems that neither can accept the other. Dag's marriage with Fawn has actually broken some Lakewalker rules and despite him being a semi-hero it seems his friends and relatives don't cut him a lot of slack.

The first half of the book is about Fawn and Dag trying to settle down in Lakewalker territory - and struggling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Measure Up 16 Oct 2007
I always approach books from Bujold with anticipation. She usually tells a ripping yarn filled with bold, if eccentric, characters that come alive for me. I dove into this book with abandon, expecting the same experience. I thought the first book of the series was merely OK, but I thought "ah well, perhaps it is a scene setter" and eagerly bought this one. But I was disappointed. It is not a bad story line, and the characters are OK - but with Bujold that just isn't enough for me. The story line has none of the oomph I was expecting, and the characters, while likeable enough, are ever so slightly cardboardy and taste of saccharin. I sort of enjoyed the story - but it doesn't bear any comparison to, for example, the Chalion series, and Dag is definitely not Caz! It was a pleasant enough read - but it took me three goes to finish it rather than the all night marathon I usually have with a Bujold book. I will wait for the paperback of the next one, perhaps in the remainder bin, rather than pre-ordering the hardback.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 1 Aug 2007
By KalteStern VINE VOICE
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I am sure very few people will be coming to this book as their first encounter with this author, and many of the things that readers generally find appealing in her work are here - her good characterisations and very comprehensively realized fantasy milieu are present and correct.

And she has demonstrated in previous books that she can pen a good romance, and unresolved romantic or sexual tension has formed a prominent thread in previous books, including the first in this series.
But herein lies the basic problem - she resolved the romance issue in the last book - hero and heroine successfully got together,and indeed got married. To paraphrase Tolstoy ( at least I think that's who it was) 'happiness writes in white ; it does not show up on the page', i.e. it is hard to construct a compelling plot around a happy couple. She does try, and there IS some plot, both relating to the hitherto only briefly sketched culture of the Lakewalkers, and the Blight Bogles (which make me think - nanotech of some sort?) but not really enough of it. Compared to the Miles Vorkosigan or Chalion series, things move rather too slowly and are lacking in sufficient complexity to really keep you turning the pages. I just hope she doesn't do a Laurell K Hamilton and start spinning out the plot over book after book to pay the rent. All in all it's workmanlike enough, but I am not sure who it is meant to appeal to; I can't see it holding the attention of most male readers, it's too touchy feely and doesn't have enough action. And as romantic fiction it probably isn't quite syrupy or formulaic enough, and lacking complexity in the central romance. Hmm....OK but not brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars unhappy homecoming 13 May 2009
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second in a series of fantasy novels, which are set in a rustic society in a large area of wetlands menaced by malices. these are creations of dark magic. They are fought by lakewalkers, who are a large group of sorceror/warriors. They live rather separate lives from the farmers of the area. so when veteran lakewalker dag and young farmgirl fawn find they're soulmates and get married, they have to fight for acceptance.

The initial encounter and marriage was dealt with in the first book Beguilement (Sharing Knife): 1 and whilst you could get into this volume without having read that, since it does bring new readers up to speed, it's probably better to start with that one.

I found the first volume good but not as good as I'd hoped because the plot was all domestics of the main relationship and not much else. But whilst there's still precious little action in this one it was somehow a much more compelling read. Dag and fawn come back to dag's people and the lifestyle of the lakewalkers is interestingly detailed in very good and readablr prose, which makes this a real page turner.

dag does eventually have to head out to fight the malice which leads to a bit more drama, but nonetheless the actions in the camp and the ultimate way in which their battle for acceptance comes to a head is still rather compelling.

the book is pretty much self contained and frankly the end could be the end of the story but it does leave the door open for further volumes.

Not the best story lois mcmaster bujold has ever done plot wise but quite a pleasant read, and I shall give the third volume a go in due course
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