The Sharing Knife, Vol. 1: Beguilement

Lois McMaster Bujold

Bernadette Dunne (Narrator)

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“Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy from Hugo-winner Bujold…Bujold hints at an epic past of mighty kingdoms and ancient sorceries, a past that will hopefully be fully detailed in the sequel.” Publishers Weekly

An epic fantasy of devotion, destiny, and perilous magic from one of the most honored writers in the field—multiple Hugo Award–winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family’s farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions but the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as “malices.” When Fawn is kidnapped by one of these creatures, it is up to Dag, an older Lakewalker heavy with sorrows and responsibilities, to rescue her. But in the ensuing struggle, it is not Dag but Fawn who kills the creature—at dire cost—and an uncanny accident befalls Dag’s sharing knife, which unexpectedly binds their two fates together.

Praise

“Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy from Hugo-winner Bujold…Bujold hints at an epic past of mighty kingdoms and ancient sorceries, a past that will hopefully be fully detailed in the sequel.” Publishers Weekly

“[A] saga of daring deeds and unlikely romance. Bujold quickly develops unforgettable characters as she crafts a world filled with unique monsters and an original approach to magic.” Library Journal

“The lovers are compelling characters, and Bujold delivers a novel that is a sweet, touching, and fast read…teens will want to see how this tale continues in the next volume.” School Library Journal

“Bujold develops the characters and their relationship skillfully enough to please romance as well as fantasy fans.” Booklist

“A quiet, beguiling and transcendent tale of love, mystery, and magic….The main characters are, as usual, complex and beautifully written, and their tale is a perfect introduction for newcomers to Bujold’s work.” Romantic Times

“[A] fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures.” Locus

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Language English
Release Day Dec 31, 2005
Release Date January 1, 2006
Number in Series 1
Series Display String The Sharing Knife Series
Release Date Machine 1136073600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Epic, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. In 2019 she was named a Damon Knight Grand Master by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, one of science fiction’s highest honors. She has won seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. Hugo awards for Best Series were received by the Vorkosigan Saga in 2017, and the World of the Five Gods in 2018.

Narrator Bio
Bernadette Dunne

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway.

Overview

An epic fantasy of devotion, destiny, and perilous magic from one of the most honored writers in the field—multiple Hugo Award–winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family’s farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions but the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as “malices.” When Fawn is kidnapped by one of these creatures, it is up to Dag, an older Lakewalker heavy with sorrows and responsibilities, to rescue her. But in the ensuing struggle, it is not Dag but Fawn who kills the creature—at dire cost—and an uncanny accident befalls Dag’s sharing knife, which unexpectedly binds their two fates together.

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