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Passage (The Sharing Knife #3)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,972 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
Fawn and necromancer-patroller husband Dag seek solutions to the perilous split between their peoples, joined by her brother Whit, two novice patrollers, a flatboat captain searching for her vanished father and fiancé, a shrewd backwoods hunter, and a farmer boy unintentionally beguiled by Dag's growing magery.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 25, 2015 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This third book in Bujold's Sharing Knife western frontier-flavored fantasy series takes our main characters, Dag and his wife Fawn, along with Fawn's sometimes callow brother Whit, down the Mississippi Grace River to the sea, experiencing life on a flatboat with a few adventures along the way. There are some interesting hints that this is an alternate version, or perhaps a post-apocalyptic version, of our world. Dag is still trying to figure out his magical powers and how to bridge the gap of m ...more
Apr 14, 2009 Lightreads rated it liked it
Book three in this romance-fantasy quartet with the cross-cultural marriage. Okay, maybe . . . maybe there's a reason you don't see much midwestern-influenced fantasy out there?

Wait, no, I'm being cheap. See, here's the thing:

Dag said more slowly, "He was just an ordinary patroller, before his knife got broken. But if ordinary folks can't fix the world, it's not going to get fixed. There are no lords here. The gods are absent."

Putting aside that this is an incredibly disingenuous thing for Dag t
Dec 21, 2015 Marijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all of the three books I've managed to read so far, Louis has managed to add something new to the story, some new twist, new protagonists, new surroundings. The only downside I could find for this one was that the heroes had it a bit to easy. And that Fawn is a little too clever for her age. But it was still interesting and captivating reading
Jun 14, 2008 Grillables rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, romance
I generally love Bujold, but this series just isn't for me. In this third book of the series, the pacing is slow, the protagonist can do no wrong, and the lovey-dovey bits make me wince. On the other hand, the characterizations are generally very fine (as always with Bujold). One more in the series to go, and then hopefully she'll be on to things that I find more appealing.
Aug 16, 2008 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bujold fans
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2008
THis is the third book in Bujold's Dag and Fawn series and to my mind the best. Bujold is a fine writer and she has created a very interesting world. Dag is a Lakewalker exile and Fawn is his farmer wife. In earlier volumes in this series we learned that Lakewalkers, are hunters of evil Malices. The Malices are demons/aliens who kill and enslave people and grow and grow eating people's souls. The Malices cannot be killed by ordinary humans. The Lakewalkers discovered that if you stab a Malice wi ...more
Jo Walton had an interesting post on a couple of weeks ago, about types of series, which helped crystallize some of my thoughts on why this series didn't quite work for me. It seems as though it's meant to be a series like The Lord of the Rings, which is essentially one book broken up into separate parts for publishing; in fact, if I recall correctly, the first two books of The Sharing Knife were presented as one book broken up. However, the overall feel of the series is more like what W ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Brownbetty rated it liked it
I keep on reading Bujold's Sharing Knife books, because I keep on expecting Bujold to suddenly stop sucking and go back to being awesome.

This is not the book in which she does that, and yet...

To be honest, the problem with these books is not that they're bad, but rather that they're by Bujold, and they're not very good. I described them to Karen H. as a good book to take along on a long bus ride if you wanted to get your knitting done. However, I think if you took this book on a long bus ride, y
May 01, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This books continues the story of Dag and Fawn; they're married and have essentially been kicked out of Dag's home, and are heading into the great wild world to see the sea, and maybe to find something to do with their lives. The focus of this book changes a bit... Dag and Fawn are still at the center of it, but rather than telling their story, this book starts to show how they can change the world around them. Over the course of the story, they start to build something new; a nomadic group of m ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Samrat rated it really liked it
Yeah. I'm digging it. It's like fluffy romance with magic and homesteading and a riverboat full of fairly fleshed-out fellows (and one plucky captain fixing to find her family). Pretty much like those Amish books probably but without the regressive gender roles and with more realistic world-building. Fast and compelling like everything my gal Bujold writes.

I'm increasingly suspicious of these Lakewalkers as stand-ins for Native people and the kind of magical primitivism trope but eh we'll see ho
Feb 07, 2009 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
This was better than the second one, I felt the characters and background were more interesting. The research that went into the river boats was fascinating, and I enjoyed the author's note on her sources.
Aug 10, 2011 Dani rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I’m not really sure what to say about this book. It was so. . . flat. No character seems to read like they should. Dag does not read like he is mature and upwards of 50 years old (or whatever ridiculously age he was given when Bujold wanted to write about a Pedophile. And all I can think of is Dag yelling at his friends “She was 18 dude it was all LEGAL!”) while Fawn doesn’t read like she has much of a personality beyond supporting Dag.

Maybe I just don’t like her very much but whenever Fawn star
Eliza Baum
May 12, 2016 Eliza Baum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read 5/12/16

The thing that struck me the most on my reread (listen) of this book is just how complex Dag is. He's learning to deal with his past, learning about himself as he slowly changes into a new Dag (yet is still somehow himself), and learning both about and how to deal with others in ways he never needed before. I'm not so much sucked into the plot as I am sucked into Dag's progression. Even the tiniest things, like him ground-ripping oats, seem fascinating and intense.

Once again,
Sep 13, 2011 Brie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Passage was a great follow up to both Beguilement and Legacy. Dag and Fawn's journey is entertaining and eye opening. The world building is nothing short of awesome. The Lakewalker mythology, while very intricate, is completely understandable and the writing is simply enchanting. The relationship between Dag and Fawn continues to evolve as they settle into married life, though much of the romance is put on the backburner in this story and it focuses more on Farmer/Lakewalker relations. Prejudice ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Hirondelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is so slow it took me 2 years to finish it. But still it was worth it and interesting (to me), and so far my favorite of this series. What I did not like:

- it is slow. Seriously.
- The dystopia. And small (though getting larger in this book) universe just gives me claustrophobia.
- main characters are so lovey-dovey in love, impossibly wise and unnaturally powerful.
- and seriously, I want to know what happens to baby raccoon. It disappeared from narrative, and yes, I do want to know.

What I l
Jul 17, 2008 Trin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, american-lit
A much more engaging and fulfilling installment than the last book in the series, Legacy. I enjoyed seeing Dag and Fawn’s quest to better integrate the Lakewalker and Farmer societies take shape; I liked the reintroduction of Fawn’s brother, Whit; and I loved when the story became a river narrative, a kind of Huckleberry Finn with magic.

I hope there’s another volume; I’m still not convinced that Dag isn’t getting into something dark and dangerous and way over his head, and that Fawn’s going to
May 19, 2016 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016booksread
I sort of want to give this book a higher rating, but then I thought better of it. So think book basically is entirely Fawn and Dag's journey down a mighty river (i.e. Mississippi) and all the people they meet and adventures they have along the way. Essentially it's the story of a forming of a found family, which I quite enjoyed.

Along the way, Dag is trying to help farmers and Lakewalkers better understand each other, and running in to significant resistance.

I certainly found this a compelling
May 10, 2016 Yichen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, series, fantasy
Yay! Fawn finally gets a sister in Berry! Goodness, I don't know how Fawn manages to pull through so much with no more than Dag for a friend with nary a fray in their relationship. They've just been through too much together and they know they'd found exactly what they needed in a partner, I guess. Still, high time Fawn got more people in her corner.

Also, hurray for a story that speaks to injustice and societal pressures that are so great that they break a person. Crane, horror that he was, is
Jess Hale
Apr 26, 2016 Jess Hale rated it liked it
I found this book rather slow going. I got through the first two books of the Sharing Knife series pretty quickly, but this one took me a lot longer. To be honest, I kept on forgetting i had it there to read! It has a bit of middle-book-itis.

One of Bujold's strengths is her ability to create amazing, compelling characters, but that's all we get here. We stick with Fawn and Dag - who are largely the same people at the end as they were at the start - then add more people, then more, then more...

John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
The Sharing Knife, volume three, Passage (2008) 411 pages by Lois McMaster Bujold

Fawn and Dag leave the lakewalker camp and take a trip down the Grace and Gray rivers to the sea. As stated in the previous two volumes there is a separation between the farmers and lakewalkers. Dag is taking it upon himself to bridge this gap between cultures. He is doing this by trying to dispel the misconceptions that farmers have about lakewalkers.

On the trip down the river, the hire on to a flatboat, Fawn's br
Oct 01, 2014 Vivian rated it really liked it

At the end of Book 2:Legacy, Dag decides to leave his Lakewalker camp and travel among farmers so that he can find a better way for Lakewalkers and farmers to live together, neither apart nor as lords and serfs. (Somewhat to my annoyance, he does not discuss this ahead of time with Fawn; he just makes the announcement. This marks Fawn's transformation into traditional tag-along wife and helpmeet.) Fawn arranges them passage on a riverboat in exchange for work, and they float down the Grace and G

Jul 31, 2011 Katey rated it liked it
This one did not move nearly as fast as the other two I've read thus far. It's still not *bad* but there were more times when I found my mind wandering as she was describing something. The first two books were more compelling, and I read them much faster. On the plus side, I didn't stay up late reading the end of this one, so it was better for my sleep. :)
Feb 17, 2016 Nissanmama added it
Shelves: favorites
The third installment of the Sharing Knife series was more of what I loved in the second book. Again, not a stand alone book and again, I find myself wishing I had half stars because this book is closer to five stars than four. I've finally overcome my unexplained aversion to the age difference between main characters Dag and Fawn as they care for each other. It is a sort of pleasant relief to see these two characters interact with each other and with those around them. There is a peaceful matur ...more
Jeremy Jones
Apr 21, 2010 Jeremy Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG! This book is a wonderful addition to the series. Off to book 4 to finish it off. The characters are what make this. If you read this, be prepared to spend hours reading and not wanting it to end.
Aug 13, 2013 Cody rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series! Great story and nice character development and interactions. A lot to be learned about prejudices and trying to overcome them for the good of the whole.
Drew Perron
May 02, 2015 Drew Perron rated it it was amazing
The story of Fawn and Dag protecting their adorable domesticity against the world continues. Marvel Universe-esque prejudice is faced without fear. Strange powers are gained, are ill-used, are well-used, and have unexpected consequences, good and bad. Mark Twain versus betrayal and dark Jedi. Also: Catfish are fuckin' huge.

Seriously, if you can't stand books that have a relaxed pace and take their time exploring all the little details of the world, avoid this series. But it's one of the best thi
Debby Allen
Aug 11, 2015 Debby Allen rated it it was amazing
Bujold manages a large and diverse cast well, keeping track of people and checking in with them periodocally. I think it was in the second book that I felt the plot device of leaving a character right-before-a-big-event was too obvious, but she recovered from that in this book and the next two. Or I was enjoying the story so much I let it go.

Despite the wide range of folks, I only needed to check back on one or two characters references. Generally, she did a good job of hinting/reminding who was
Jan 31, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, romance, fantasy
I'm trying really hard to review this as the book that it is and not what I wish it would be, but I don't think I can really get there. I had some real issues with the pacing and themes of this book. It was very slow. As slow as, well, a large and very placid river. That could have yielded time for interesting character development, but instead it lead to just adding more and more characters and a kind of silly main plot element. I just don't get this series: where it's going, what the point of ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Passage picks up where Legacy left off, with main character couple Dag and Fawn traveling from Dag’s Lakewalker camp to Fawn’s family farm in West Blue en route to the Grace River and eventually the sea. For those who have read the first two books in the Sharing Knife series, Passage represents a shift in the storytelling, focusing less on Dag and Fawn’s developing relationship and the immediate pull of dealing with dangers, to feature the story that Dag and Fawn are trying to tell as they trave

Jun 05, 2015 Janine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes the idea of a 55 year old marrying a bouncing teenager
I just couldn't do it anymore. I quit. I have never quit this far into a series and rarely give up on books I've read this much of. I'd already had enough of Fawn's bouncing and curl tossing. And I've managed to get this far in the series despite my strong dislike for a love story between a 55 year old and an 18 year old. But, for some reason Fawn's dismay at not being able to fathom how to fit a large fish into a pan was just too much for me:
"How do you fit it in a pan?" Fawn nearly wailed. Sh
Feb 27, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2014
This was the worst book of the four. Rather than continue the escalation of the second book, Passage just fizzles.

Passage is boat ride down the river, and it becomes ridiculous at some point how many strays Dag manages to pick up. Further, the boat boss, Berry, is never allowed to develop into a character. She is reduced to being a plot point. She seems to exist only because Dag and Fawn need a boat, and she doesn't complain about everyone who ends up on this boat, needing to be fed. You'd thin
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse
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