Despite that being the title of the book, it isn't delved into as deeply as you might expect.
I found it very much a celebration of love and family and home, although it also involves politics on a small scale and religion on a much larger scale.
The challenge is absolutely worth it and I heartily recommend this as one of the most original books I've read in a long time.
Jo Walton creates a fantasy world thoroughly and completely. We deal here not with great events or giant quests but with ordinary human lives and their richness and complexity,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. F. S. Ledgister
Jo Walton is an author who can be trusted to come up with fresh ideas and stories, a rare bird in the fantasy genre. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E. Smiley
Lifelode is a "domestic" fantasy, which is a wonderful difference from so many fantasy books. Oh, big earth shaking events happen, but they happen to the FAMILY, to the HOME. Read morePublished 17 months ago by David O. Engelstad
I enjoyed the book though I felt it slowed down (unnecessarily) in the middle spots. The book presents an interesting world which i quite believable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. Dempster
The book jacket refers to this as a domestic fantasy. It takes place in the manor house of Applekirk. Ferrand is the lord of Applekirk. His wife is Chayra. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Kelly A Johnson
A scholar comes to Applekirk from the West. An ancestor comes home from her travels in the East. Their presence shakes up the village more than anyone could have imagined. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Blue Meeple
This is a great book....see the other reviewers if you want more information about just how good it is. What I want to focus in on is the Amazon listing about the book. Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Tom Burkert