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Passage (The Sharing Knife, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2011
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This book is essentially Dag's story - his search for his new identity, atonement for his past, his ambivalence in dealing with his new abilities. The romance/relationship issues that drove the first two novels are not central to this book. Fawn's viewpoint is here, but mainly acts as another lens for Dag's story. The secondary characters and subplots are well-rounded and interesting, and the setting is rich.
This series is very different from LMB's Vorkosigan or Chalion series, and personally I prefer her other books as more fast-paced and (at least on the surface) more complex. However, I am glad that the author continues to stretch herself, and try new things, because I wouldn't want her to start writing the same book over and over again (a trap too many authors fall in).
I gave this book four stars instead of five both because of that personal preference, and because of a minor flaw - Dag's motivation for starting some very strange experiments and pushing the limits with his new abilities didn't seem clear to me, although it is important to the plot. This book is an improvement over the first two, though, because it stands alone much better.
All in all, highly recommended for LMB fans, but not the starting place for those new to her work.
As usual in a Bujold book, even the minor charactes are well-drawn. The scene where Fawn explains sharing knives to White is not to be missed; I loved Whit's comparison of sharing knives to a Farmer practice. The story was satisfying, but it also left me eager to see what's on the horizon for Dag, Fawn, and their travelling companions.
In this novel, Dag and Fawn go first to her family farm. The twins have moved off to stake their own claims and Whit has -- mostly -- quit his teasing of Fawn, so the visit goes well. At least until shortly before they leave, when Whit decides to go with them.
They leave Fawn's pregnant mare at the farm and take two draft horses that Whit has trained. Naturally, Dag continues to ride Copperhead to protect the Farmers; no telling what that horse will do! The three ride off toward the Grace River.
On the way, Dag and Fawn acquaint Whit with previously unshared knowledge about the Lakewalkers and Malices. Since Fawn knows Whit much better than Dag, she does more of the talking. Yet his confirmations make the discussion more real to Whit.
Reaching Glassforge, Whit learns that his sister and brother-in-law are very well known in the town. They stay at the inn where the wounded had been treated and everybody knows Fawn. They even know that she has killed a Malice. Whit is quite amazed at his sister's fame.
When it comes time to leave Glassforge, Whit changes his mind again. Instead to returning home, he decides to travel further with them.Read more ›
And in this book, we start to explore the capabilities of Dag's magic, the complex social problems that helped enliven the prior books are attacked (and prove to be *complex*, and not trivial), and we get to see more of Dag and Fawn's world. The 'main' plot's resolution is more or less obvious at the point it is introduced, but the problems of the lively set of secondary characters were more than sufficient to keep me entertained for the journey.
If you were underwhelmed by the first two books, don't stop now. It just got better.
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A third part in an ongoing story. The main characters still are able to surprise in their actions, without (unrealistic) twists in behavior/character.Published 10 days ago by J. Bakker
I read the first two books the series and this is by far the best so far.Published 1 month ago by Meg Barrett
When fantasy meets romance novel. One needs to read all the books in the series to get to conclusion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry H
This book, and it's entire series, is a fascinating exercise in imagination and creative reality-building. The premise is sound once you begin to understand the vocabulary (e.g. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam
I absolutely love Dag and Fawn's saga as told in this series of books. The books are a little slower paced than some readers might look for, but Bujold paints such a vivid... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn Klein
Passage is the third book and excellent follow up to Beguilement and Legacy. Slow and steady going as they make their way forward, Dag and Fawn's journey is enlightening and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Baroness of Topaz
I have read everything Ms. Bujold has written. I haven't found a single novel or short story that I didn't love. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DBL
Typically Entertaining! Build always seems to get simple facts out in front of everyone.wrapped like a Winterfair present in her stories! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles A. Helm