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Passage (The Sharing Knife #3)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,083 ratings  ·  212 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, 437 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Eos (first published January 1st 2008)
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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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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

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

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. :)
Jeremy Jones
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.
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.
Oct 30, 2014 Janine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Nov 04, 2009 Deb added it
"I enjoyed Passage as much as I did Beguilement, and even more than Legacy. Of course, I do like a good ""road trip"" story, even when the road trip is actually a river trip.[return][return]Even though Passage is fantasy, I imagine that the account of pre-industrial river life to be fairly accurate - it was certainly fascinating to me. I also enjoyed the continued development of Dag's abilities, and experimentation with them (complete with bad ideas and consequences).[return][return]It's also gr ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the third book in The Sharing Knife series, and the first thing you should know is that these books are not self-contained. In fact, I read the four volumes of The Sharing Knife was intended as one novel, but was split up because of the length. So what we have is the middle part of a novel, perhaps the least action filled, with the young Fawn the farmer and her quite older Lakewaker husband settling into their relationship and with Fawn's brother along for the ride as they travel downriv ...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).
Roger Bailey
I generally prefer science fiction to fantasy because as a philosophical materialist I am perpetually exasperated by the idealist propensity to take the supernatural seriously. Nevertheless, I do like fantasy because it usually makes no pretense that the integral supernatural aspects of it are anything but make-believe. Occult and rreligious works, though, which try to pass off the supernatural as real are exasperating indeed. This book is a fantasy that has an aspect to it that I as a philosoph ...more
I am not gonna lie, this series is not for everyone. It's long and mostly boring as far as pacing but the characters feel like old friends telling me about their lives. I love Dag and Fawn. Which is quite necessary to stomach their May/December love -- is in his mid fifties while Fawn is only eighteen. I usually barf at an age difference this extreme but these two have grown on me. I just can't think of Dag as a pedophile although some other characters are put off by the marriage.

One thing I lo
I really, really like anything Bujold has written from her science fiction soap operas to her magical medieval histories to this fantasy series that is loosely reminiscent of the interface between pioneers and Indians with a dash of supernatural evil demons thrown in. I think I like her writing so much because her characters are strong, good-hearted, self-sacrificing, loving people taking on difficult tasks because it is the right thing to do. In Passage the third book in Bujold's Sharing Knife ...more
Scott Marlowe
Passage is the third book in Bujold's Sharing Knife series. It is a continuation of the story begun in Beguilement and Legacy. In Legacy, Dag and Fawn come face-to-face with the bigotry of Dag's Lakewalker clan. Near driven out, Dag chooses to leave instead. But he does so with a mission in mind: to heal the rift between Lakewalker and farmer.

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
The ongoing adventures of Dag and Fawn as Dag tries to single-handedly (heh!!) find the answers to the problems of his world, and Fawn tries to keep her husband from overworking himself.

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
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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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 stars. In this third installment of the Sharing Knife series, we discover that malices aren't the only threat to the denizens of the wide green world. This book takes a break from the Lakewalker-Malice war, but we are treated to a quaint little tale of Dag and Fawn journeying down a river in a flatboat encountering adventure and a multitude of dangers and obstacles along the way. I loved the story as well as the setting and atmosphere for most of this novel, so vivid that I could picture eve ...more
Sue Smith
With this book being the third so far in a series, you expect it to be a continuation of the story and characters you've grown to know from the previous adventures. This one definitely is that and is once again up to the standards that you come to expect after you've read the first book. I enjoyed the characters and their new adventure into uncharted grounds for each. The story was quick paced and had lots of different action not seen before but with lots of room for off shoot stories to follow. ...more
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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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“The most important thing about quests, he decided, was not in finding what you went looking for, but in finding what you never could have imagined before you ventured forth.” 9 likes
“For Berry, you just be there, Whit. Be the one person in the wide green world she doesn't have to explain it to, because you were there and saw it all for yourself. Hand her a clean cloth if she cries or bleeds, and some warm thing for the pain that doubles her over. The time to hold her will come. This day isn't over yet.” 3 likes
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