Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, Legacy, Passage, and Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Beguilement, Legacy, Passage and Horizon are the four books in The Sharing Knife series. This is a continuing story published in four volumes so start at the beginning and read the books in order.
Bujold has created a world where malice’s are the major threat to life. There are two divisions of humans on this world; Lakewalkers who can sense and kill malice’s and the Framers they protect. Neither trusts the other. Lakewalkers keep their abilities secret and do not mix with Farmers. Farmers do not understand or trust those Lakewalker abilities. Many Farmers have never seen a malice and do not believe in the threat that a malice poses.
Lakewalker Dag Redwing Hickory meets and saves Farmer Fawn Bluefield and they do two things that are unthinkable. Together they kill a malice. Farmers never kill malice’s. Then they fall in love and marry. Lakewalkers never marry Farmers. The two main conflicts in the story move from that point. Dag has spent his life fighting malice’s and realizes that Lakewalkers need to work with Farmers if everyone is to stay safe. He and Fawn start a long journey aimed at healing the breach between the two groups.
While this series is different from the Vorkosigan Saga also written by Bujold it carries some of the same themes. Both highlight how people are not as different as they think they are. All it takes is someone willing to look at a problem in a different way and solutions can be found. Like all of Bujold’s books there are well-developed characters, an action filled the plot, and an engaging story in The Sharing Knife series. If you like romance, adventure and fantasy you will love this series.
Eos published The Sharing Knife series by Lois McMaster Bujold.
The books in order are:
The books are available from Amazon.