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Passage (The Sharing Knife #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,598 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Filled with magic, heroism, and all-too-human characters, Bujold's Sharing Knife saga is both a gripping adventure and a poignant romance. In this third volume, Fawn, the young farm girl, and Dag, the seasoned soldier-sorcerer, set off to find fresh solutions to the perilous split between their peoples and encounter new hazards both human and uncanny.The farmers and riverf ...more
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Published May 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
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
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.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 everywhe ...more
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was the best book of the series so far.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. :)
Titus Fortner
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book more than the first two installments of this series. Bujold masterfully added to the cast of diverse characters throughout the course of the book in interesting and enjoyable ways. The plot pacing is good and the river setting is a treat.
Jeremy Jones
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book three (technically part one of book two, if you want to be accurate in terms of grouping).

After not quite banishment, Fawn and Dag go wandering the world in search of their destinies to heal the break between farmers and Lakewalkers.

This is where I start to roll my eyes just a little. I sorta started to get bothered by a lot of little points. Mostly, that it seems like Fawn has no other character development and the entire series is about Dag. He is the one adjusting to new powers, explai
Charlie Moses
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adult fantasy. Book 3 of 4. Dag and Fawn continue their search for a place to belong. They begin what will be a journey of more than a thousand miles down a great river, gaining friends and family along the way. For more information reference my reviews of books 1 and 2. This book continues the find writing and the story without faltering or failing in its purposes. Enjoy this world and these people. You'll be glad to have known them.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REALLY liked this one. On to the last book in the series!
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoy travel stories with a band of unlikely misfits who end up saving the day. The crew of the Fetch are as unlikely as they come.
Carla Englander
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to the next book in the series
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bernadette Dunne is a good reader/voice actor, and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. That said, the pacing was a bit slow at times.
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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.

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