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Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Mar 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
Read in January, 2009

The third adventure for Dag and Fawn in the Sharing Knife sequence. Like the other two this doesn’t rocket along, but it’s rich in detail and character development and has a lot of charm. Dag, a Lakewalker, and Fawn, a farmer, marry against the will of both their families. Eventually Fawn’s farming family sees sense, but the Lakewalkers are so intransigent in their refusal to accept Fawn that Dag resigns as a patroller and leaves his kinfolk and his dangerous life hunting killing supernatural ‘malices’ in order to seek a way of bringing farmer and Lakewalker together by fostering some mutual understanding. He’s also developing his talent for healing – an ability to manipulate life energy known to the Lakewalkers as ‘grounds’.

Dag’s intent is to take Fawn to see the distant sea, but on the way he collects a ragtag group of farmers and Lakewalker misfits who unite into their own little family aboard a flatboat on their way downriver. All the characters have their own story and they are all well rounded and satisfyingly dealt with

There’s a menace to be fought and conquered but that’s not really what this book’s about, it’s about Dag’s search of a way for Lakewalker and farmer to interact and his personal quest to understand and learn to use his own newly emerging healing powers.

Book four is out in hardback but it may be a year before I get to see it in paperback. Can I wait that long?
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