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
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 ...more
Maybe I just don’t like her very much but whenever Fawn star ...more
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, ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
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 ...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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
"How do you fit it in a pan?" Fawn nearly wailed. Sh...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
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