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Volume two in the epic fantasy sagaof love and peril, courage and fate,from one of the mosthonored writers in the field—multiple Hugo Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

Ill-chance brought young Fawn Bluefield together with Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned soldier-sorcerer, but it was love and loyalty that joined their fates. While their unorthodox marriage has been grudgingly accepted by the clever farmgirl’s people, Dag’s Lakewalker kin are less tolerant, greeting their union with derision, suspicion, and prejudice. The specterof permanent exile looms above the couple—until a final decision on their lot is diverted by a sudden, viciously magical malice attack on a neighboring hinterland. Sworn to duty, Dag must answer the call, leaving his new bride behind. But what awaits him and his patrol could have serious and unimagined consequences for farmers and Lakewalkers alike,forever altering the lovers, their families, and their world.

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One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for best novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella The Mountains of Mourning. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061139068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061139062
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Marchesani on September 15, 2008
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A seamless continuation of the first volume of The Sharing Knife, Book 2 [Legacy] focuses on the rejection of Fawn by her new in-laws. The rejection foregrounds the cultural divisions between the Lakewalkers, with their special abilities, and the Farmers, meaning the rest of humanity. Bridging the chasm between the two cultures develops as the goal for the remaining volumes in the series. Bujold's proficiency with an abundance of characters, settings, and narrative coils in this saga bodes well for its further development.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Lyn Hill on March 17, 2009
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As usual, there are many levels to Bujold's writing. It was during my second reading of the Sharing Knife series that I noticed how she uses these books to celebrate the "makings" of ordinary people--sewing, pottery, cooking, harvesting, home-building, making comfortable mattresses, husbandry of animals. Bujold points out over and over that these ordinary makings provide a rewarding, comfortable, satisfying way of being.

The theologian, Paul Tillich, defined magic as an exercise of power that bypasses the conscious mind to work directly on the subconscious. Using magic to hurt or coerce another person is considered evil in fantasy novels from LOTRs to Harry Potter.

In Legacy, Dag struggles with his growing power and the question of whether and when it is right to use that power for others. Dag can heal great hurts and prevent great harm, but who sets the boundaries? Can he exercise power in this way without being irrevocably harmed by it? Is he becoming as evil as a malice?

In contrast Bujold shows that the work we do with our hands is intrinsically valuable and led me to grieve our waning ability to do "good makings"--we live increasingly like sorcerers: depending on others to grow our food, build our homes, and so on. These books can change the way we see ourselves and challenge the value we set on the works of our hands.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Susan Spears on September 12, 2009
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I have read every book that Lois McMaster Bujold has written. Her other series have a weight to them that make the stories absolutely fantastic. The Sharing Knife series has hints of this weight, but never reaches the heights of the other series. It is just a mildly interesting set of stories. I am hoping for either more Vorkosigan tales, or, more hopefully, more in the world of Chalion.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Sloan on May 24, 2008
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Lois just writes for me apparently - the person who buys every book she writes and multiple copies as well (mass market and audio.) LMB addiction...

As to this particular work - I'm listening to it now (which makes three times I've "read" it.) As to why I like it: the people are people, the internal logic is consistent, the writing leads you along (willing though I am to go) and doesn't kick you out with bad craft.

I guess the only negative thing I can say is: If the story had ended here without the promise of more books in the series, I would have been angry. It raises as many questions as it answers and doesn't resolve them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane, genre fiction & wordplay lover on September 12, 2012
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Lois McMaster Bujold is deservedly one of the most award-winning authors in the field of sci-fi and fantasy. I've read almost everything she has written, and there's *nothing* that I didn't enjoy; most of it I LOVED! She has equally great ability to build a character, a world, an ethos, and a *sentence*, all while conveying rich emotion, humor, and a plot that flows and never strains your suspension of disbelief.

To speak more specifically about The Sharing Knife, I can't tell how many times I've picked up one of the volumes *intending* just a BRIEF "visit" with my old friends Dag and Fawn (and brother Whit et al in books 3 & 4), but wound up first reading more than a chapter, then saying, "This is a silly place to start," and reading the whole foursome straight through from the beginning!

As Bujold intended, they're more focused on human interaction and the seemingly mismatched central love story than on action; the series in some ways belongs to the mainly sci-fi "cultural contact" sub-genre. Bujold has described their overarching progression as the formation of a couple, then a family (blood-tied and not), then a community. Deadly peril isn't absent, though, in the form of an evil more like a natural disaster than the typical scheming villain. The magical paradigm is uncommon, too, and its implications and permutations -- for those both with and without the ability to sense and manipulate the "ground" in everything -- are well explored.

The first 2 volumes are basically one book split in half for publication reasons.
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After reading Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) I knew the Sharing Knife series was a fantasy tending towards romance. In this second volume it is clear it is a full-blown romance which incorporates some fantasy elements.

Legacy picks up precisely where Beguilement left off, and follows Fawn and Dag as they begin the second part of their journey together, entering into Lakewalker culture. The focus is solidly on their relationship, and their love for and exploration of each other.

Certainly there are fantastic elements: the magical world they live in, Malices, ground sense, and so on. These take a significant back seat to the love story, but they are at least present.

As a fantasy reader, I found the story too slow for my tastes. Bujold's writing is good, of course, and the storytelling probably as well: it's just not my cup of tea. It's rare that I quit a series in the middle, but I'm not going to pick up the third book from this series.

If you're a fan of romance and also enjoy fantasy books, I can still recommend The Sharing Knife and Legacy. But if, like me, you prefer more emphasis on the fantasy side of the equation, you'd be best served looking elsewhere.
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