“Bujold builds a better fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures, she a farmer’s daughter, he an adventurer on the trail of a deadly demon.”—Locus
One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well a...more
This book suffers from three main problems:
1. A fascinating world that gets built in the first few pages and then utterly abandoned in favor of
2. An amazingly unengaging, unbelievable romance between a typical Bujold guy and
The thing is, this is actually a so ...more
We follow a pregnant farm girl who has left home with the half-formed intention of seeking a new life in the city, when she's captured by a 'malice' (really??), a sinister force that is converting animals and people into frightening biddable mud-men (David Edding's snake powered mud-men, ...more
So it turned out that Bujold has written ...more
The story appears to be a fantasy set in some pastoral world near water (I later found out the setting was a parallel world Great Lakes region, an area I'd never seen, and so did not recognize), where we are introduced to two cultures living in uneasy coexistence: the Farmers and the Lakewakers, who patrol everyw ...more
When we first meet Fawn and Dag the story seems like one of action and war. It's brutal and they both have to fight for their lives, saving each other in the process. It evolves into a rather simple, but very nice, romance, however. Since the over-riding arc of the story is completed over the course of several books, the change of tone makes this book itself feel unfinished. Since I plan to read on, it w ...more
This is actually the second time I read this book, I don't usually read books twice, but I bought it for a quarter at my mom's library last week because I didn't have anything to read and I was desperate.
I had bee ...more
It turns out that even Bujold can't make me enjoy a sappy romance between a young, naive farm girl named Fawn and the much older supernatural warrior named Dag who comes to her rescue. She's perky and her family doesn't appreciate her. He's suffered a tragedy and thought he'd never love again. The characterization is nothing special, and the setting is a bland ...more
Brief plot description: A grizzled soldier meets a young girl. The soldier is fifty-five years old, and has a broken heart. The girl is eighteen and has run away from home after her one and only experience of sex turned out badly.
During the next three days, the two save either ...more
Enchanted by the world and characters Bujold created in The Curse of Chalion, and especially Paladin of Souls, my eager hands stretched out in blind faith and pulled The Sharing Knife from the bookseller's shelf.
I should have left it sheathed between the other paperbacks.
Oh, initially it whet my interest with some sharp action involving some intriguing monsters. A malice and its creations: the mudmen. Nice, huh?
But what starts out as interesting fantasy soon dulls into a boring ...more
Ok. This was terrible. Really, really terrible.
I mean, the writing was fine. It worked and was clear, etc. But the fucking subject matter... *headdesk* 18 y/o girl gets pregnant, gets scorned, runs away, has a miscarriage, dates and then marries a 55 y/o. The end.
The only reason I stuck it out was I really wanted to find out about the flipping KNIFE and what happened to it. Instead I was treated to chapters and chapters of Fawn's stupid family dynami ...more
The second half is nearly entirely domestic. The problem isn't that it's a romance; I enjoy a good romance. The problem is it's a romance with no discernible conflict greater than, "Will Dag be able to help braid a rope with his hook hand?" Other issues that wore on me:
- Unnecessary at ...more
I have NEVER read a fantasy book until now.
That being said I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it.. I am inbetween.
I enjoyed the hell out of the narrator. I don’t know if it was me or the book but I feel like there was too much down time.. I understand you have to build the world and all that, but I still felt lost. A lot of the words got me all turned around. Some of the creatures as well.
Fawn and Dag, there journey to find each other was what I loved I could care less about ...more
This really is the most couple-centred work of LMB's, but at the same time it also contrasts two completely different lifestyles, Lakewalker and Farmer, through all four books.
But I read it for Fawn and her interactions with Dag and the fact that as soon as they get through their first real dangerous encounter and everything changes for both, they really respe ...more
Unfortunately, her new twist was apparently to write a romance novel. Allowing me to discover that I do not care for romance novels. It isn't 100% romance novel - maybe 10-15%. But that bit was awkward, annoying and ...more
Another great series by this author. I loved that the language wasn't all flowery, I loved the humor, I loved the romance and the speed of it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
The one downside to the story was Fawn’s family. I’m not sure I understood why they had to get her family’s approval and had to put up their ridiculosity.
Annoyingly my library does not have the rest of the series in audiobook format. I have to decide whether to do eyeball read ...more
I waited for a long time before bothering to track down a copy of this first book this series because at the time I had only just read the appallingl ...more
I think that in itself might alienate a lot of readers. The book begins with Fawn Bluefield running away from home only to be kidnapped by a "malice", an inhuman magical creature that e ...more
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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
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