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4.0 out of 5 stars Another intricate Bujold saga continues, 14 July 2009
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Volume 2 of the Sharing Knife series, featuring stolid farmers interacting uneasily with nomadic "Patrollers" who battle 'malices', creatures that seem to arise spontaneously and consume the essence ('ground') of living creatures and bend them to their will. The heroine is a spirited farmer's daughter who marries an older patroller, to general disapproval. In volume 1, they meet, marry and fight off farmer prejudice; this time, it's patroller prejudice they have to deal with.

Many familiar Bujold themes - the quiet lead characters who amaze themselves and all around them with hidden talents, the explicit treatment of physical things from sex to disabilities, the unhurried but involving plotline. It's a more feminine book than the Miles series, mainly seen from the heroine's viewpoint and basically very romantic. The 'ground' theme is extensively developed and I'd advise reading volume 1 first or you'll struggle to follow. A little leisurely at times but the characters are generally sympathetically-drawn, making it an agreeable read.
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