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The Sharing Knife: Beguilement

The Sharing Knife: Beguilement [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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In this romantic fantasy novel, runaway farm girl Fawn meets Dag, a Lakewalker, a patroller who is a kind of sorcerer/soldier. Fawn’s own confidence blossoms as she travels with Dag, helping to combat evil “malices” that blight the countryside and also fight the strange and sinister “mud men.”

“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.”
- Publishers Weekly

“A sweet, touching and fast read.”
- Booklist

“Bujold is head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists as well as science-fictionists.”
- Booklist

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 630 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061139076
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJ6CR4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Sharing Knife is an exploration of a new fantasy world following on from Lois McMaster Bujold's last three fantasies set in a different world (The Curse Of Chalion, Paladin Of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt). The world of The Sharing Knife is that of 'farmers' who work the land or live in towns in a quasi-mediaeval era, and the 'Lakewalkers' who patrol the country and rid it of various nasties (Blight Bogles or Malices, Mud Men and other things). The Lakewalkers do this using special senses (groundsense) that the farmer folk don't have and consequently are rather feared for their 'sorcery'.

The Sharing Knife investigates what happens when these two worlds clash - when a farmer daughter helps a Lakewalker to dispose of a Malice - and the repercussions this has on the protagonists and their families. This book is the first half of a duology and deals with the world of the 'farmers' and our heroine Fawn's attempt to strike out on her own road and escape her stifling family. Dag, the Lakewalker who rescues her from some bandits, is an older and experienced Patroller who has lots in his past which he is trying to ignore. When these two meet they are forced to confront the differences between them in order to move on.

The love story is much more to the fore in this book than Lois McMaster Bujold's previous offerings - the Chalion series or the Miles Vorkosigan space operas. It's a gentle love story where you understand why hero and heroine are drawn to each other - mainly through the differences between them and shared experiences that bind them together. There are some amusing moments with Fawn's family and some scary moments when Fawn is kidnapped, but overall it is a gentle and light story which I enjoyed very much.

If you want to check it out yourself, there's a sample chapter posted at the following website: [...] Give it a go!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but not as good as I'd hoped 5 July 2007
Having loved the author's Chalion series, I couldn't wait to read this book. I did enjoy it but couldn't help being a little disappointed by it...

I feel I should start by saying that the fantasy element of the book is interesting but doesn't feature much in it. This is particularly true of the second half which largely consists of domestic family scenes. It would almost be more accurate to call this book a romance story with a bit of fantasy in the background than a romantic fantasy book. I found this refreshing as it is good to see an author trying to take the genre in a new direction, away from all the dragon, wizard, war and prophecy orientated stuff that are around now. I found, however, that the romance was just too sickly and soppy for me. I like a strong romantic element to books (I am a typical girl!), but this one takes it too far in my opinion and I just found it all a bit unbelievable and contrived (the bit with Dag talking about water-lilies was just daft and did she have to call the heroine Fawn?!).

The setting is also refreshingly unconventional for a fantasy book. Most seem to be set in a land resembling medieval Europe, but this world is more like rural America a couple of centuries ago. It is well imagined and described with subtlety.

As with the author's last books, this is written with warmth, wisdom and humour - the dialogue in particular is nice. Unlike the other books though, you pretty much have to read the next book after this one as it only tells half of the story.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with a bit of a domestic twist. 28 Jun 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Lois McMaster Bujold's novels, from the high space opera of the Vorkosigan series, to the thought-provoking, world-building Chalion trilogy. "Beguilement" is set in a new world altogether, semi-post-apocalyptic, with the aocalypse being magical rather than nuclear. In a change of direction for the author, the setting is pretty lowly- a farmgirl and Lakewalker (kind of an organised demon-hunter) are the main protagonists, instead of the usual kings, queens and admirals. The story is everything expected from Bujold, with likeable, flawed characters and a rich, inventive world, told with her typical dry humour and driven by her habit of trying to do the worst possible thing to her characters at the worst possible time.

Buy. Read. Love! Then buy her backlist!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form... 12 May 2007
By Kerome
Bujold has always had an excellent eye for character, and for me this is the best thing she's written in a while, on a par with the first Chalion book and the better Vorkosigan novels. It's a character-based fantasy tale, with an excellent love story in it, and a lightly-detailed but original world. Fantasy purists might say that it's a bit short on action and epic scope - and they'd be right - but the quality of the writing is high and if approached with an open mind it's a great read. One to warm the heart on a cold evening. Hurrah for Lois ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars joined together 14 Mar 2008
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Latest from veteran science fiction and fantasy writer lois mcmaster bujold, a writer who is always a good read thanks to her skill at creating appealing characters. This is a fantasy story and it appears to be the first volume in a trilogy.

In a remote part of the country in a feudal world a young girl called fawn is running away from her home village. she meets dag, member of a group of sorceror/warriors called lakewalkers, who use swords and magic to deal with evil spirits that create nasty creatures.

Will the two find their destiny?

Will romance blossom between them?

What do you think?

There's nothing wrong with a predictable romance story when the writer is this skilled at creating likeable characters. the prose is very readable and the setting superbly created. you really feel like you're in the countryside with these characters and that evil creatures could be around.

But there's not a lot of plot to this and as a result all that happens whilst being nice character wise isn't the most interesting read. But this is the first volume of a trilogy and the writer has been very good in the past, so because of that I will get volume two. I'm not sure if I would have otherwise
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great four-decker novel
I'd endorse what reviewer Paul Durrant says above -- if you like *Beguilement* you'll certainly want to read the other three parts -- but while *The Sharing Knife* does divide... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A promising new series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Half a good narrative
I confess I'm disappointed by Beguilement. And I'm disappointed unfairly. This isn't a bad book; if it were the first book I read by Bujold I would have thought it good. Read more
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