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Legacy (The Sharing Knife #2)

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In this gripping adventure-romance filled with heroic deeds and wondrous magic, Fawn and Dag have been married all of two hours when they depart her familys farm for Dags home. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion, setting many in the camp against them, some even threatening permanent exile for Dag.
Published October 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published January 1st 2007)
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The second volume of the Sharing Knife series, following directly on from Beguilement. Dag and Fawn, newly married, travel to Dag’s home with the Lakewalkers. There they meet resistance to their cross-cultural marriage, family drama, a new malice threat, and some strange new developments with Dag’s Ground powers (life force magic, basically).

Since it does not seem possible to review this book without addressing it, I’ll pause here to register my continued bafflement over the splitting of the vol
Dec 15, 2015 Marijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was afraid thart the plot would be repetative, but it would seem that LMMB managed a new twist for every book int he series. higly recommended.
Lisa Butterworth
Jul 15, 2009 Lisa Butterworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened up Vol 4, and realized that I couldn't remember the series well enough to understand what was going on, so I went crazy and got all four books from the library and devoted my week to reading them all in a row. What a lovely week it was.

I am just so enthralled by this world she has created, the ground sense magic, the ancient immortal malices growing out of the earth, the difficult cultural divides, and so many lovely and starkly real characters.

This wasn't the most fun I've had readin
MsMiz (Tina)
Mar 26, 2015 MsMiz (Tina) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bujold's story of Fawn, Dag, Farmers and Lakewalkers continue in Legacy. You learn very quickly how deep seated tradition closes off family and clan to that which is unknown and forbidden. Again, it is a story of how ignorance and close mindedness hurts not only those that you love, but those that could benefit from an open mind and understanding.

Luckily asking new questions and always sticking together keep Dag and Fawn together and safe through a lot that happens in this book. This book prove
Sherwood Smith
The Sharing Knife: Legacy is the second half of the story that begins with Beguilement. It begins with a leisurely honeymoon scene before Fawn and Dag, who had spent most of the last book with her family, go to meet his--while the problems with malices continue to get more sinister as well as mysterious.

Fawn, the young heroine, is smart, capable, full of energy, and knows her own mind. She's emotionally balanced--probably more than Dag is. She is possessed of a generous spirit, and an equally v
One of my lower ratings for one of Bujold's books but still a very good one. This one was more a continuation of the story in the the first book than its own stand alone story, so don't skip Beguilement.
Margaret Sankey
In withdrawal from the the ending of the Vorkosigan series, I am sticking with this one, but it is a slog. Bujold writes great relationships, and political schemes, but I just can't get into this limited rural world of nomadic rangers vs. farmers vs. some ancient evil thing that has to be killed with a laboriously complicated process the nomadic rangers think they have a monopoly on. So really, this is 400 pages of the minutiae of peasants camping.
Sep 15, 2010 Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Legacy, Dag and Fawn go to Dag's Lakewalker home where they're not expecting much of a welcome once the Lakewalkers find out about their recent marriage. In the Lakewalkers eyes it's forbidden to marry outside their kind. Thankfully the head of Dag's patrol doesn't kick him out but his family is a different matter. A malice sighting interrupts their time together for a short while and even through Fawn plays a part in saving some patrollers, the Lakewalkers still treat their marriage as a neg ...more
Jan 01, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
More from Lois McMaster Bujold. This time the action is with the Lakewalkers, who treat Fawn like a child or animal of some sort. Bujold is developing the world/civilization/society a bit more, which is interesting. We don't know how things got the way they are on what is clearly earth, or a planet almost entirely populated with earth life, but it seems something new is about to happen. Dag's becoming a maker of some type, and the malices are springing up faster and more frequently. The human po ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rivka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this two-book series. [Correction: First two books of 4, although these first two really must be read together.] This non-nuclear post-apocalyptic world is reminiscent in some ways of the early Sime-Gen universe. Life force as an energy that can be transferred, split of the human race into two distinct groups with different abilities and roles, and only vague remaining knowledge of the humans that preceded them. Not to mention strong cultural resistance from both groups at the ide ...more
Aug 26, 2007 Trin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, american-lit
The continuing adventures of Lakewalker patroller Dag and his new farmer-girl bride Fawn. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed this less than Beguilement, the first part of the duology. This one starts out, as that book ended, with a lot of domestic/culture clash stuff, but the Lakewalkers giving Fawn the cold shoulder was much less interesting that the farmers getting all up in Dag's face. The book really picked up when a new malice pops up, and that entire sequence—Dag riding off through Fawn's ...more
Eliza Baum
May 10, 2016 Eliza Baum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read 5/31/13; second read 5/10/16

Somehow I didn't review this book the first time I read it. I'm assuming that's mostly because I breezed through it and immediately started #3, but I think it's also because this book was so tense that I just had a hard time figuring out how to comment.

I enjoyed this as much as the rest of the series. Dag is just...great. I loved his long, troubled past and how it shapes his present so profoundly, even as he's feeling his way into a different sort of future
Joe Martin
Why did I read this? I have an aversion to starting a series and not finishing it. Also, I respect Bujold and I didn't believe that the entire series would be horrible. But book #2 isn't much of an improvement over book #1.

This book didn't suffer from the Horrible Borrowed Setting that the first book suffered from. (Yes, the characters carried over but the situations and events started to diverge.) On the other hand, it was mostly pretty boring.

Dag spent much of the book sitting around convalesc
Sep 29, 2012 Estara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the first book
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jun 09, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2008
This second book in the series has the same pace as the first, Beguilement, the same laid-back tone, but the details are becoming more complex, the setting more detailed. Lakewalker history makes an appearance, and I have to say that the idea that the malices (the creatures spawned from the original malice that "hatch", as it were, and cause destruction, death, and blight to the land) were the direct result of human interference in the natural order of things, intriguing to the extreme. Add to t ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot was slow and generally not super exciting, but as in the first volume, I really enjoyed this book's earthy, domestic atmosphere. This book celebrates the sights, scents, sounds, and everyday routines of traditional American life in a way that perfectly complements the magic system and the love story. There's something impressive about a series peppered with steamy sex scenes giving equal attention to other physical experiences - injuries and aches, fabric coarse and fine, cool water and ...more
Mar 14, 2009 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
You know I liked the first book well enough to grab the other one quickly at the library. I was not as thrilled with this one. At least the intimate scenes tended to have a point in the first book--it didn't seem that way in this one. The scenes with conflict in the camp didn't ring very true since few of the new characters seemed well fleshed out. Once the action left the camp, it improved again. The stuff before, though, had put me off. Also, I was disappointed that what was supposed to be two ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Olgalijo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I was a bit bothered by the stereotypical relationship depicted in legacy (the heroine stays home while the hero goes around adventuring and taking decisions for both of them), the plot was strong and the characters vibrantly alive.
Celia Powell
Jul 26, 2008 Celia Powell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was about as trashy as its predecessor, Beguilement. More romance than fantasy, we watch Dag (worst name for a lead character ever) and Fawn (could we imply youthful wide-eyed innocence any more clearly?) try unsuccessfully to fit in with Dag's people, observe Fawn's breasts bounce around (which is what Dag spends a lot of time doing), and occasionally turn our mind to the "malices" which infest the area (this would be the fantasy element.) Fawn, as usual, is brilliant at everything she doe ...more
Oct 01, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed reading this book. I still don’t like Fawn, who is oh-so-sweet and naïve, or Dag, whose “I’m just an old warhorse” schtick is pretty tired. In fact, I find their entire romance contrived and unrealistic, and their “artfully” yet explicitly described sex scenes are far from erotic. And yet, Bujold is a good enough author that even though I didn’t like any of the characters, I still couldn’t help but want to read more of their adventures. Despite a battle ...more
May 19, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm writing these reviews after having read the whole series, so it's a bit difficult to separate out the individual volumes. My main problem with the first book was that I didn't fully buy into the romance. This book continues with the immediate aftermath of the marriage of Fawn and Dag. So the romance is a fait accompli and if I just accept it as a thing then I'm able to enjoy the story as a story of cross-cultural marriage and confronting prejudice in fairly closed societies.

Again the world-
May 10, 2016 Yichen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, fantasy
I had stopped reading this series after the first book, but picked it back up again at a friend's suggestion. Reading this story made me feel more satisfied, strangely, than the first story, precisely because of the nasty prejudice and downright malice the main characters have to put up with because of their unconventional marriage.

This story made sense to me in ways that the first installment had not: it includes repercussions for actions that go counter to the social grain. What's more, the c
Feb 17, 2016 Nissanmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As the second installment in The Sharing Knife series, it is not a stand alone book. While Bujold sets her story in an intriguing alternate universe, this book is about relationships. The significance and intimacy of those relationships would fall flat without reading the first book first. We learn the rules of this world not through narration, but through the characters interactions with it and more significantly, with each other. The vast curiosity of main character Fawn Bluefield leaves many ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 7, 2007
Fawn Bluefield, the clever young farmer girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, have been married all of two hours when they depart her family's farm for Dag's home at Hickory Lake Camp. Having gained a hesitant acceptance from Fawn's family for their unlikely marriage, the couple hopes to find a similar reception among Dag's Lakewalker kin. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion, setting many in the camp against them, including Dag's own mother an ...more
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sharing Knife, volume two, Legacy (2007) 348 pages by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I bought volume one when it came out in paperback a couple of years ago. Since it said "volume one" on the cover, I decided to wait until I had all three [ha! on me, there's a fourth one coming.] So the irony is in this 4 week or so span that it's going to take my thumb to heal, fractured metacarpal, the hero of the story I'm reading has one arm. Personally I think it would have been nicer to have some young girl fall
Jul 23, 2012 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
The relationship dynamics didn't squick me out as much this time, possibly because now that they're settled I don't have to watch an adult justify his attentions to an inexperienced young woman with thoughts of how surprisingly mature she is.

Once again I love the setting, the societies, and the style of writing. The main drawback was probably the magic, it felt a little bogged down by description.

I'm still reading the next one soon, so there's obviously something here that works for me.
May 24, 2014 Vivian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In Beguilement, Book 1 of The Sharing Knife, Fawn and Dag successfully overcame farmer opposition and Fawn's lack of groundsense to become both married (in the farmer tradition) and string-bound (in the Lakewalker tradition). But more than simple newlywed bliss awaits them, as Dag takes his new bride to his Lakewalker home and has to deal with opposition to his union. It turns out to be much more intense than what he faced from Fawn's family. His family, arguably the more dysfunctional of the tw

Nayla Caruso
Jul 10, 2015 Nayla Caruso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that the romance angle is established, the plot can move on, for which I am grateful (sorry, I like the characters but their epic love affair did little for me). I could read a Frommer's Guide to this world, the setting is so rich. For once, the obligatory magical system of the story (essentially the Force) is well-defined, so the innovations developed by the characters read like a well-written mystery - they are innovations that follow the rules established in world without any cheats, hand ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I was excited to get started, this book still is a bit romance-y for me. This book has Dag and Fawn back at his camp and facing conflict as his Lakewalker community doesn't accept their marriage. Fawn has to stay back at camp while Dag goes on patrol. He is injured and sucked into a strange groundlock after killing a malice, and Fawn comes to be with him. She ends up figuring out how to release the groundlock and save all those sucked in. Despite the way she keeps displaying her skills fo ...more
Enjoyed it, though it helped to know that the first two books in this series were one book split apart because it kind of shows - a direct continuation of Beguilement, it's just that - a continuation. Stuff is resolved and built upon, though it's pacing and arc isn't perfect as a single novel. It does a lot more than the first book to make the world and characters real and relateable.

If I have a complaint, it's that Fawn really takes a back seat in this one. It wouldn't really have been noticea
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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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“She rolled the mysterious plunkin across in front of the hearth and stared at it. It still looked disconcertingly like a severed head. "What do we do with this?"

Dag sat cross-legged and smiled--not much of a smile, but a start. "Lots of choices. They all come down to plunkin. You can eat it raw in slices, peel it and cut it up and cook it alone or in a stew, boil it whole, wrap it in leaves and cook it in campfire coals, stick a sword through it and turn it on a spit, or, very popular, feed it to the pigs and eat the pigs. It's very sustaining. Some say you could live forever on plunkin and rainwater. Others say it would just seem like forever.”
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