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Storyteller par excellence hits again!,
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This review is from: Passage (Sharing Knife) (Mass Market Paperback)I came to Bujold by way of Miles Vorkosigan, the science fiction series; well, science fiction with a hefty dose of space opera, humor, emotion and plain good storytelling. After finishing that series I went on with everything by Bujold that I could lay my hands on, and so far I have not been disappointed; well, only when I bought Miles novels that had been re-named, and I had read them already. That *was* a disappointment. But the Chalion stuff was great, even if totally different from Barrayar; and the Hallow Hunt was great, too. All five star stuff.
But. The first volume of the sharing knife series (Beguilement) was enjoyable; but I kind of lost interest, for a while. Maybe I overdosed. But I never bought the second one.
And then I read the third one (this one being reviewed, Passage) and it is great; five stars, again, so I will be buying part two, and at the moment I am re-reading part one.
Passage sees our heroes, Dag and Fawn, take a long river trip, as if floating down the Mississippi. Dag is developing his thoughts about his future, and his abilities at the same time. There are plenty of interesting people (Lakewalkers, farmers, boatmen/women) they meet on the way, and some serious evil, too. It is difficult to tell you more without giving the story away! But this is a master storyteller at her peak again, and apart from the twee cover it is a seriously enjoyable book. Recommended for Bujold fans. If you are new to Bujold, you might start somewhere else; say, the Curse of Chalion, or Shards of Honour. I'm sure you'll get to this one, too - not many people read Bujold and are not swept along!