Horizon (The Sharing Knife #4)
The second book was a skimmer for me (I didn't rate or review it because of the amount I skipped over), but the ...more
Horizon is the fourth book in the Sharing Knife series, in which a farmer girl and a one-armed Lakewalker man meet while fighting a terrible monst ...more
Yikes. A friend called this the "never-ending beige adventure," which made me laugh. More than the book did.
I'm feeling kind of cranky about this book. It's intellectually boring, with a thematic conversation (communication, clashing and changing paradigms, etc.) little deeper than your average morality play. I could forgive intellectual boredom for emotional interest ...more
Frankly, I'd hold up The Sharing Knife series as how to do a multi-book romance without plunging into unbelievable melodrama. The 'will they or won't they' is settled in the first book, leaving books 2-4 as a story of a young couple with a 'forbidden' relationship trying to carve a place in the world. Book 4 opens with Dag and Fawn in the south, where the problem of Lakewalkers and farmers is shown in high ...more
Right this book then. Dag and Fawn talk --> they talk to other people --> they think about things ----> they are going north with a bunch of other people ---> more talking and thinking.
*falls asleep* Yes I actually fell asleep while reading.
Nothing happens, and when s ...more
I especially enjoy how Lois McMaster Bujold portrays a strong marriage partnership with love, respect, and caring between two strong and multi-dimensional characters. One partner's weaknesses are counteracted by the other partner's strengths and vice versa. So that the couple is stronger together than ap ...more
I'm so sad that I'm done with this series again. The audio versions were fabulous, and it only added to how much I enjoy these characters. It had been just long enough since I read it that I had mostly forgotten the plot, but still remembered the feel of it. I will definitely be reading these again in a couple of years.
First read 6/22/13:
This was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. Like the rest, it was really part of one long story, rather than being its own book. It adde ...more
The malices/mud-men/mages and all the back story with the Lakewalkers and their magic and whatnot was really compelling. The world was really interesting, and a lot was made of how dangerous the north is but we never get anything except for a vague reference to the character Dag's time spent up there. The whole story with how the Lakewalkers essentially need two deaths to be shaped into ...more
I loved the characters and I thought the magic system, which they explore and learn cool things about--things no one else even thought to find out (I love characters who "think outside the box"), was very clever and well-thought-out.
Bujold is a great science fiction writer, but she is als ...more
The Sharing Knife Quintet is still a good series from an exceptional writer. A Slice of Life Fantasy, if I can call it that. Don't get me wrong-- There is plenty of action, but due to the length of the books [the whole series is practically just one long book] it seems not as important. It drives the plot in many places but the more important aspect of the series to me is the conflict between two d ...more
Like the Vorkosigan series, the Sharing Knife series contains elements of Midwestern history and culture in her new world. The series is about reconciling cultures and about how the domestic interacts with the extraordinary. It is about the dynamics of power; h ...more
Dag and Fawn both annoy me a great deal in this installment. While I want their mission to succeed, I want it to seem less preachy and I want them to be less “perfect ...more
The first book in this series tore at my heart because of personal connection. The last one was... boring. I suspect that I would like this series a lot better if it were two books instead of four. I can't argue with t ...more
This author has always been a great storyteller, but The Sharing Knife series was... effortless. As if the entire 4 part story had existed for a long time already, and was simply unrolling itself. Brilliant!
Wishing for more.
There's quite a bit of a certain type of female wish-fulfilment in this series. You have Dag, an unbelievably hyper-awesome and hyper-competent older man who, because of his dark and mysterious past, has nothing to live for. Until he meets you (Fawn), the sweet young thing whose special something is enough to turn him around and redeem him.
At least it's not as bad as Twilight. I mean, I think I'd enjoy meeting both Dag and Fawn.
It's not h ...more
Until near the end.
Fawn got SO short-changed. She flippin' changes a sharing knife into a sharing crossbow bolt on the battle field in the dark against a FLIPPIN' FLYING MALICE, and what does the narrative leave us with? Her being buried alive out of some Lakewalker patroller's ugly, ugly jealousy, and Dag's suffering at almost losing her. WHY IS NO ONE ASKING HER ABOUT HOW SHE REMADE THE WEAPON like they're asking Dag and Arkady about the ground shields?? Why is the st ...more
Book 3: Passage, dealt with Dag and Fawn's journey down the rivers Grace and Grey and the experiences, good, bad, and ugly, that they have along the way. When Horizon opens, they have come to the end of their river journey, in the seaside town of Greymouth. Here Dag meets Lakewalkers of a nearby camp who are able to direct him to a medicine maker of great repute, and he is at last able to begin an apprenticeship. But the usual problem, Lakewalker non-acceptance of his farmer wife Fawn, asserts i...more
The setting for the sharing knife stories is a pre-industrial society, with two distinct factions. farmers and lakewalkers. The lakewalkers have groundsense, that the farmers don't have. Their world is plagued by malices. A malice feeds off of living animals, taking their grounds, and becoming stronger. The only way to kill a malice is with a sharing knife, a femur from a dead lakewalker that is then bonded to another, ...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