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Passage (The Sharing Knife #3)
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Maybe I just don’t like her very much but whenever Fawn star ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
"How do you fit it in a pan?" Fawn nearly wailed. Sh...more
Miles Doesn't Live Here Anymore (well, he never *did*).
Bujold is best known for her tales in the universe centered around Barrayar, and her beloved character Miles Vorkosigan. Her other foray into fantasy was in Curse of Chalion and its sequels, which are set in a very different universe (high fantasy though, thankfully no elves or orcs!).
The Sharing Knife series is in something like an alternate North America, in what seems a lot like the early 19th century judging by the technology (or lack). ...more
One thing I lo ...more
On one level this mission of Dag's is a personal one: acceptance of each of the peoples amongst the other would grant his marriage a greater acceptance. On ...more
Starting this book without reading the first two really would be stepping in the middle of the story; those books explain the deadly, almost silent battle Dag's Lakewalker kin have been fighting for over a thousand years, and the reason why Fawn's farmer people look on their mixed marriage with suspicion and bewi ...more
Do you want to read about two far-sighted individuals who want to improve the world? Then you should give this story a try, it is a journey both literally, from far inland all the way to the sea and spiritually, as the couple try to gap the great gulf between their two peoples. Dag, the magic wielding Lakewalker and his young bride the Farmer-girl Fawn continue their story with plenty of adventures, but instead of fighting malices, they are this time fighting against ...more
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 ...more