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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061375357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061375354
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Compelling . . . Bujold excels at creating interesting and sympathetic characters, and this story will satisfy readers who enjoy romance as much as adventure.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Volume three in the epic fantasy sagafrom multiple Hugo Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

Young Fawn Bluefield and soldier-sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickory have survived magical dangers, but the bigotry of blood kin cannot be easily overcome. Leaving behind all that they have ever known, they set off to find fresh solutions to the perilous split between their peoples—a passage that will not be ventured alone. New companions join them on their road: Fawn’s brother, Whit, escaping a hopeless future on the family farm; two novice Lakewalker patrollers fleeing the catastrophic consequences of an honest mistake; a young flatboat captain searching for her vanished father and fiancé; a shrewd backwoods hunter; and a farmer boy unintentionally beguiled by Dag’s growing magery. On an eventful journey to where great rivers join, the ill-assorted crew will be sorely tested and tempered as they encounter a new world of hazards both human and uncanny.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Pedrick on June 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like that the author didn't stop after the hero wins the girl. I always like to know what happens after, do they accomplish anything else, what challenges do they face? This storyline delivers. Dag and Fawn start off alone but end up gathering a group of misfits and fellow adventures that become true friends. And yes, they encounter more prejudice and treachery (lakewalkers & farmers), but experience moments of hilarity and lightheartedness.
Dag and Fawn grow into their union learning more about strengthening a budding relationship that goes beyond the marriage bed. They even learn new skills that will help them reach their ultimate goal, IF they decide to continue to the city of the old ones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Jordan on February 5, 2009
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Lois Bujold writes fantasy with the same skill and intensity that she writes science fiction, and she's an award winner many times over. Passage is book 3 of 4 in The Sharing Knife series. You don't need to read the first two (but why would you not want to?) to enjoy Passage, there's enough background to make it independant.

Dag is a Lakewalker who's broken with his kin to marry Fawn, a farmer girl. Lakewalkers are the weilders of such magical powers as exist for humans in this world. Farmers are... everyone else. To be fair, there are halfbreeds and farmers with natural abilities. The Lakewalker rule is, Lakewalkers are lakewalkers, farmers are farmers, and never the twain... and Dag has broken that rule in a major way. You see, he wants to become a healer to farmers, which no lakewalker has survived. (If you don't cure everything every time, the farmers think you've hexed them or done it deliberately, and things can get ugly.)

And besides that, lakewalkers are secretive - and Dag is not. He wants farmers to understand both the abilities and the limits of those abilities.

The other aspect is Malices (blight bogles in farmerese.) Out of the ground from whence they appear, they are more powerful mages than any lakewalker, and only lakewalkers have the ability to fight them and kill them.

The rest is impossible to review without spoilers, save that Dag and Fawn and a growing cast of fellow adventurers are traveling down the great river to its mouth, from adventure to adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on May 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold since I discovered her Miles Vorkosigan series, but lately she's taken a turn to the fantastic instead. Some might even say she's gone a bit too far down the road and into the Romance category. Whatever your feelings are, though, her "Sharing Knife" series has been polarizing amongst her fans. Now that I've read the third book in the series, Passage, I have to wonder if Bujold is just playing with various styles and genres, experimenting and offering up the results to her fans like a television chef who decides to try something different. If so, it's a damned good thing that she's so skilful at it.

Passage is essentially a "road" novel (though, in this case, I guess it would be a "river" story), with Dag and Fawn making a trek down the river so that Dag can show his new bride the ocean, something this farmgirl has never seen. In the process, they pick up companions (Fawn's brother, for one), find passage on a riverboat, and share adventures with everybody. A running theme through the novel, one that ties together everything that happens, is Dag's experimentation with the Lakewalker magic and his newfound abilities with it. All Lakewalkers are able to do things with the "ground" that all living beings have, but he's discovered that he's capable of even more, some of it frighteningly close to what the Malices these Lakewalkers are bound to destroy can do. As they journey down the river, Dag learns new things about his abilities while he and Fawn continue to explore their own relationship.

I'll get one criticism of this novel out of the way that I'm sure is being made by many other readers of Passage. There really isn't much of a "plot" to this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Lyn Hill on March 7, 2009
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Bujold is one of my favorite authors, but Passage is not one of her action-packed hilarity-filled page-turners. There are adventures on this river journey and the kind of writing that makes all her books worth reading, but it's a leisurely book that moves with the depth and lack of haste of the river. The Sharing Knife series is, in general, more romantic and less action-oriented than Bujold's Vorkosigan series, but this book has less action than the first two books in the Sharing Knife series. I love the characters and the questions raised by the book--I just hope the pace of the next Sharing Knife installment does a better job of keeping me awake.
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