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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

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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Great characters, and entertaining plot.
dongwadsworth
The first 2 volumes are basically one book split in half for publication reasons.
Diane, genre fiction & wordplay lover
Also, I felt there were a bit too many secondary characters.
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7 of 7 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 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 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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4 of 5 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LaughingLion on September 21, 2008
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In the first book in the series Bujold put a decent emphasis on both the romance and the action. In this one she veers further to the romance end than is really enjoyable for many. The story features more angst and emotional posing than dynamic clash like readers enjoyed in A Civil Campaign. Not overall a horrible story, but not her best.
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By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2009
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I've been surprised by how much I like the "Sharing Knife" series (I'm currently reading book 3). There are elements in the book that I would've thought I would struggle with like the age diff between Fawn and Dag and the fact that Dag seems to have all the magical powers whereas Fawn doesn't. It's a real credit to Bujold's skills as a writer that she somehow makes it all work.

I'd say that this book is not a strong as the first book. There were times when I wish that the writing wasn't quite so subtle. I have this uncomfortable feeling that I vaguely understand the complexity of certain events but I don't understand it enough to explain it to someone else. Subtlety has it's place but there are times when I just want the author to spell it all out for me. Also, I felt there were a bit too many secondary characters. I struggled to remember who everyone is and how they all related with one another.

Criticisms aside, Bujold has this really amazing and interesting talent of conveying lots of meaning and emotion through a few words. Reading the story and the quiet romance between Fawn and Dag is like relaxing in a hammock with a glass of cold drink on a perfect spring afternoon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on May 5, 2013
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It's sad to give a three-star review to one of my favorite authors, but this series (all of which I have purchased) does not have the drive, the character development, the world-building which made Bujold one of my favorites. It just does not ring any chimes: I was not stirred by the conflict in this episode, nor was plot apparently intended to be a driving force. But if not plot, then it must be character, and character introspection/development are sadly lacking. Perhaps in the two books I have not yet read there will be a theme which is powerful enough to drive the story: certainly both the farmer-towns and the warrior-clans are in need of stirring up, but at this point I'm not sure I care enough to start the reading.
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