The Sharing Knife, Volume Four

The Sharing Knife Volume Four In a world where malices remnants of ancient magic can erupt with life destroying power only soldier sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny sec

  • Title: The Sharing Knife, Volume Four
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN: 9780061759949
  • Page: 311
  • Format: ebook
  • In a world where malices remnants of ancient magic can erupt with life destroying power, only soldier sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets and themselves from the farmers they protect, so when patroller Dag Redwing Hickory rescued farmer girl Fawn Bluefield, neither expected to fall in love, join theirIn a world where malices remnants of ancient magic can erupt with life destroying power, only soldier sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets and themselves from the farmers they protect, so when patroller Dag Redwing Hickory rescued farmer girl Fawn Bluefield, neither expected to fall in love, join their lives in marriage, or defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the perilous split between their peoples.As Dag s maker abilities have grown, so has his concern about who or what he is becoming At the end of a great river journey, Dag is offered an apprenticeship to a master groundsetter in a southern Lakewalker camp But as his understanding of his powers deepens, so does his frustration with the camp s rigid s with respect to farmers At last, he and Fawn decide to travel a very different road and find that along it, their disparate but hopeful company increases.Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing, and the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold every malice at bay forever Yet for all the customs that the couple has challenged thus far, they will soon be confronted by a crisis exceeding their worst imaginings, one that threatens their Lakewalker and farmer followers alike Now the pair must answer in earnest the question they ve grappled with since they killed their first malice together When the old traditions fail disastrously, can their untried new ways stand against their world s deadliest foe

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    • Lois McMaster Bujold

      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 bestselling Vorkosigan Saga Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here sfadb Lois_McMaster_BuA listing of her interviews is here vorkosigana wiki AuthAn older fan run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here dendarii



    499 thoughts on “The Sharing Knife, Volume Four

    • Eight or more years ago, I bought and read the first book in this series, Beguilement, but never felt particularly motivated to finish the 4-book series until a few weeks ago. It occurred to me that before I let my (expensive non-resident) library card lapse for the next few months, I should grab this series off the library's shelves and plow or skim through it, as the spirit moved me.The second book was a skimmer for me (I didn't rate or review it because of the amount I skipped over), but the [...]


    • I figured out a long time ago that Lois McMaster Bujold is one of THOSE authors--basically, if she writes a book, it's good. Period. And the Sharing Knife books are no exception. McMaster Bujold's worlds feel real, and her characters matter. This series is a little slower paced than some of her science fiction, but they're still very rewarding reading.Horizon is the fourth book in the Sharing Knife series, in which a farmer girl and a one-armed Lakewalker man meet while fighting a terrible monst [...]


    • In which this four-book romance fantasy wanders – by which I mean plot? What plot? – to a close – by which I mean babies for all!Yikes. A friend called this the "never-ending beige adventure," which made me laugh. More than the book did.I'm feeling kind of cranky about this book. It's intellectually boring, with a thematic conversation (communication, clashing and changing paradigms, etc.) little deeper than your average morality play. I could forgive intellectual boredom for emotional int [...]



    • There are some fairly negative rewiews of this book. They claim it's a filler, unnecessary, and weaker than othher books in the series. I must disagree. A someone who followed the story closely, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I t does have it's flaws, there are several deus ex moments, but it was pealasnt and enjoyable reading through and through.


    • I'm not sure why I kept reading this series, since I didn't like it very much. A different series by this author (the Miles Vorkosigan series) is a funny, clever space opera with interesting characters and plots, and I had tremendous fun tearing through the whole series in a month. This series was a fantasy romance, emphasis on the romance, which would be fine if the characters were interesting. They're not, particularly. The heroine is a Mary Sue; spunky, loyal, clever, compassionate, and perfe [...]


    • I know I know, I have been bored for 2 books now and still I read this one. I just wanted to know how it ended. But after having thought about this, it ended as boringly as it went on. Nothing happened at the end either.Right this book then. Dag and Fawn talk --> they talk to other people --> they think about things ----> they are going north with a bunch of other people ---> more talking and thinking.*falls asleep* Yes I actually fell asleep while reading.Nothing happens, and when s [...]


    • I think I enjoyed this series way more than I should have but it was Bujold/Fantasy/Western and EESH I FELL FOR IT HARD. The first book felt rather labored, and the three following weren't super enthralling unless you're obsessed with the place in time Lois is pulling from. I definitely am. That being said, I was pretty convinced this was a publisher's request as a Twilight response (though obviously with a different spin) but this came out before so I guess not! I haven't read Twilight but I'm [...]


    • So, I will endeavor to review the final book in a series without spoiling the other three.Frankly, I'd hold up The Sharing Knife series as how to do a multi-book romance without plunging into unbelievable melodrama. The 'will they or won't they' is settled in the first book, leaving books 2-4 as a story of a young couple with a 'forbidden' relationship trying to carve a place in the world. Book 4 opens with Dag and Fawn in the south, where the problem of Lakewalkers and farmers is shown in high [...]


    • I was disappointed with this book, but possibly it's because I have this reaction to a lot of fantasy, that it's not made real enough to satisfy me. I had looked forward to understanding more of the whys of this world and its social setup. I want to know what malices are, and how they're related to Lakewalkers, and how they're both related to farmers, how it all came about on a planet which if it isn't Earth definitely has an uncanny resemblance to it in its fauna, flora, and even technology, di [...]


    • This series could have been so much better if it was less about the romance and more abouteverything else. The malices/mud-men/mages and all the back story with the Lakewalkers and their magic and whatnot was really compelling. The world was really interesting, and a lot was made of how dangerous the north is but we never get anything except for a vague reference to the character Dag's time spent up there. The whole story with how the Lakewalkers essentially need two deaths to be shaped into a k [...]


    • Second read 5/20/16:I'm so sad that I'm done with this series again. The audio versions were fabulous, and it only added to how much I enjoy these characters. It had been just long enough since I read it that I had mostly forgotten the plot, but still remembered the feel of it. I will definitely be reading these again in a couple of years.First read 6/22/13:This was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. Like the rest, it was really part of one long story, rather than being its own book. It adde [...]


    • Oh, it was going so well!Until near the end. Fawn got SO short-changed. She flippin' changes a sharing knife into a sharing crossbow bolt on the battle field in the dark against a FLIPPIN' FLYING MALICE, and what does the narrative leave us with? Her being buried alive out of some Lakewalker patroller's ugly, ugly jealousy, and Dag's suffering at almost losing her. WHY IS NO ONE ASKING HER ABOUT HOW SHE REMADE THE WEAPON like they're asking Dag and Arkady about the ground shields?? Why is the st [...]


    • 1st read: This book is wonderful and with a very satisfying ending too! I have so much enjoyed the "Sharing Knife" world--it is such an interesting fantasy 'take' on a alternate frontier America.I especially enjoy how Lois McMaster Bujold portrays a strong marriage partnership with love, respect, and caring between two strong and multi-dimensional characters. One partner's weaknesses are counteracted by the other partner's strengths and vice versa. So that the couple is stronger together than ap [...]


    • The final volume in the Sharing Knife quartet. This is not a bad book, but I did find it to be rather a let down, especially after the previous volume, which was possibly my favorite of the series and seemed to be taking the whole thing in a new, bold, darker direction. Yet in this one, the worries that Dag might be tapping into something dark and dangerous with his powers are quickly shrugged off, and all the cool hints about the fallen civilization that the current Lakewalker/Farmer communitie [...]


    • This is supposed to be the conclusion of the Sharing Knife series, but even though it has a satisfactory ending, I really don't want to think that Bujold has told all the stories there are to tell in this world.I loved the characters and I thought the magic system, which they explore and learn cool things about--things no one else even thought to find out (I love characters who "think outside the box"), was very clever and well-thought-out.Bujold is a great science fiction writer, but she is als [...]


    • The finale of the series, part two of book two. This felt like a very gentle closure of the series. No crazy climax, nothing particularly or of the ordinary. Just a continuation of the series, slay a few malices, fall in love some more, Dag being special and figuring stuff out with magic, farmers and Lakewalkers reconciling. I had a few quibbles. The treatment of Neeta's character felt very awkward and forced - just to give Dag more problems. I was skeptical about Sumac and Arkady because yet an [...]


    • Basically, I'll review all four books of the Sharing Knife series in this review.I wanted to read some of Bujold's fantasy after reading her fantastic Vorkosigan series. Unfortunately I started with the Sharing Knife series. Coming from the Vorkosigan saga's excellent expression of complex characters and clearly delineated political systems, this series was a disappointment. It has her usual themes from the Vorkosigan series: culture clash, younger woman/older man relationship, women's roles in [...]


    • The final volume in this four-book fantasy series with a romance hook. There were many times I considered giving up on this book, because nothing happens for about 3/4 of the story. The central couple, who married at the end of book 1, adore and perfectly understand one another and there is never any conflict between them. An endless parade of secondary characters are introduced to the point it's hard to keep them all straight. It wasn't until I was about halfway through that I finally put my fi [...]


    • First, let me say that I am a Bujold fangirl, but not an uncritical one. I like some of the things she's done much more than I like other things. That's ok. I don't demand that a writer cater to my needs universally, or be consistently excellent (although I'd like that, of course).The first book in this series tore at my heart because of personal connection. The last one was boring. I suspect that I would like this series a lot better if it were two books instead of four. I can't argue with the [...]


    • Dag and Fawn continue their mission to bring Lakewalkers and farmers together. Dag also finds a Lakewalker Maker willing to train him. Predictably, Dag pushes the limits of his host Lakewalker camp and he and Fawn must travel onward in search of a home. Predictably, they also gather an assortment of characters to join their journey.Dag and Fawn both annoy me a great deal in this installment. While I want their mission to succeed, I want it to seem less preachy and I want them to be less “perfe [...]


    • Horizon wasn't as frustrating a read as Passages, but I still didn't like it half as much as the first two books in the Sharing Knife series. Horizon feels repetitive. While Passages was a boat trip down the river, Horizon was a horse trip back up North. It was better than Passages (mostly because of the absence of Wit), but not terribly interesting, and some of the things I would have found most interesting (such as (view spoiler)[how Dag teaches the half-Lakewalkers to use their ground, and ho [...]


    • I have mixed feelings about this series. I HATED the first book; it struck me as an annoying romance. I trust the author, though, so I read the rest of the series and was happily surprised to see how it dealt with so many different issues.Like the Vorkosigan series, the Sharing Knife series contains elements of Midwestern history and culture in her new world. The series is about reconciling cultures and about how the domestic interacts with the extraordinary. It is about the dynamics of power; h [...]


    • nwhytevejournal/1872730The end of the four-volume Sharing Knife series, in which the romance / action plot, of mutual suspicions between two human cultures, equally threatened by an 'orrible supernatural menace, resolves in entirely satisfactory manner, with much character-building wisdom being imparted to the foolish younger relatives. But I found myself a bit dissatisfied with Bujold's use of the very rich background she has developed, for three reasons: first, the story got way further into t [...]


    • First complete re-read since these books came out and my opinion of them has not changed by a lot. The Sharing Knife Quintet is still a good series from an exceptional writer. A Slice of Life Fantasy, if I can call it that. Don't get me wrong-- There is plenty of action, but due to the length of the books [the whole series is practically just one long book] it seems not as important. It drives the plot in many places but the more important aspect of the series to me is the conflict between two d [...]


    • I really enjoyed the first three books of this series, as in falling into the book and not coming up for air. But, in this book I felt that the editor had just decided to take a break and the book was published without a proper review. So, yes, Bujold writes a good story. But a good editor would have eliminated the use of the adjective "little" to describe Dawn over and over again until she seemed like the incredible shrinking woman, and the use of the word "large" was a little too frequent for [...]


    • For me, The Sharing Knife is incredibly emotionally satisfying. Just that, by itself, is enough to gain it a place as a comfort read on my keeper shelves. But more, the adventure, the world-building and all, felt fresh to me, and I could not at any point presume to guess what would happen next. That in itself is utterly refreshing. All right, maybe the small things could be predicted, but the big picture was a blank slate to me, and gave me that feeling I had at thirteen when I discovered David [...]


    • I wasn't as much of a fan of this one as the rest of the books in this series. As usual Bujold is best writing characters with actual depth and motivation, which is why she's the only sf/fantasy author I read regularly. However, her story lines are usually equally good, but this time it just didn't work for me. The first half of the book didn't build to any particular climax, and then boom, suddenly all hell breaks loose very quickly -- but is over just as quickly. And said hell wasn't big enoug [...]


    • I've enjoyed this series, but I'm not sad to see it over.There's quite a bit of a certain type of female wish-fulfilment in this series. You have Dag, an unbelievably hyper-awesome and hyper-competent older man who, because of his dark and mysterious past, has nothing to live for. Until he meets you (Fawn), the sweet young thing whose special something is enough to turn him around and redeem him.At least it's not as bad as Twilight. I mean, I think I'd enjoy meeting both Dag and Fawn. It's not h [...]


    • This has been a different kind of a fantasy series. Not much action (but when it’s there, it’s sizzling), and a much slower pace than most books—even most of Bujold’s books. But, at the end of the journey, it’s a delightful experience. The pioneer-esque world, the detailed magic system, and the charmingly vibrant and unique characters are lovingly crafted—and it shows in every word. This is probably my second favorite of the series, after the first one. The Third Plot Point is one of [...]


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