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(The Sharing Knife #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  7,055 ratings  ·  331 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. ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the third book in Bujold's SHARING KNIFE western frontier-flavored fantasy series. We're finally getting away from relationship drama here, as the plot takes our main characters, Dag and his wife Fawn, along with Fawn's sometimes callow brother Whit, down the Mississippi Grace River to the sea, experiencing life on a flatboat with a few adventures along the way. There are some interesting hints that this is an alternate version, or perhaps a post-apocalyptic version, of our world. Dag is ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
It is not easy fighting magical evil monsters but it is harder when the monster is a sheep in wolves clothing, your fellow person; creeps in like a friend and pounces when you least expect it.
Dag and Fawn’s story continues in the 3rd book in this series. Against all odds, they sought out harmony between centuries long divided people, only to find out that the monster in plain sight is just as hard to overcome as one that lurks in the dark. As expected, love beats hate, good defeats evil, and th
Apr 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In all of the three books I've managed to read so far, Louis has managed to add something new to the story, some new twist, new protagonists, new surroundings. The only downside I could find for this one was that the heroes had it a bit to easy. And that Fawn is a little too clever for her age. But it was still interesting and captivating reading ...more
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy, romance
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. ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
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. ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dagger Knife and Baby Deer and the Continued Adventures with THE GHOST HAND
I do love me these Grey Jedi stories
I love everyone on this boat
Carolyn F.

I keep forgetting how young Fawn is. I like how the Lakewalkers aren't shown as completely good and the farmers mostly bad. Sad middle imagining what happened to the father and the rest of the crew. Enjoyable book/series. I'm planning on reading more of the series.
Scott Marlowe (Out of this World Reviews)


*** This review originally appeared on Out of this World Reviews. ***

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 o
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
Apr 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This book is good example that you can write a good adventure story with no particular goal in sight. This book is like startup. Main character is highly qualified professional in its field - patrolling and eradicating malices. He sees opportunity to disrupt market to bring new and more effective measures into being, freeing resources and cutting costs (mainly count of dead people). But of course market does not want to change. So he does some R&D to get workable MVP ready to deploy everywhere. ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobook

Change is not comfortable. The story may have started off with a love story but it has evolved into a journey for understanding. The malices can cause immeasurable harm but there are not enough Lakewalkers to keep guard against them. There are more people who live in towns and cities. They have little knowledge about the malices. Dag has set himself on a path to bridge people together with knowledge. Will it work? There's only one more book in the series. I have my fingers crossed. O
Cindy Scudiero
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part of a series of 4.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so CHARMING.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9, fantasy, 2008
I was disappointed with Lois McMaster Bujold's previous book in this series, The Sharing Knife: Legacy. While an okay read, it didn't come anywhere near what I know Bujold is capable of producing and, as much as it felt like blasphemy to say it, I found significant portions of it just plain boring. (My review is here.) Because of that I had decided to get this new book from the library rather than buy a hardcover. Then it came out and got good reviews on blogs I trust - and I remembered how much ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was the best book of the series so far.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Eliza Baum
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read 5/12/16

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,
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yeah. I'm digging it. It's like fluffy romance with magic and homesteading and a riverboat full of fairly fleshed-out fellows (and one plucky captain fixing to find her family). Pretty much like those Amish books probably but without the regressive gender roles and with more realistic world-building. Fast and compelling like everything my gal Bujold writes.

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
Oct 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jul 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, american-lit
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
Rebecca Huston
Oct 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, keepers
The story of Dag and Fawn continues in this third volume, with plenty of action, new characters, and a trip by flatboat. As always, Ms. Bujold's writing is spot on and makes for a terrific read. What I really like about this series is that neither Dag nor Fawn really fit the stereotype of the perfect hero or heroine, but are very human, and so, much more interesting to read about.

For the complete review, please go here:
Jeremy Preacher
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This was actually a little more fantasy than romance, although it's still much more character development than action. (Apparently the first two volumes were intended as one book, which explains some of their pacing issues, and this was written from the start as a single volume.) It hung together for me much better than the previous two, although it's still a leisurely book.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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. :) ...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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