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A romance, more than a fantasy,
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This review is from: Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Sharing Knife, vol. 1, starts off great and could have been another winner, but it degenerates into a torrid romance - and a May-December romance, at that. OK, if you read Harlequin romances, maybe this will be just your thing. But I was very disappointed.
Note that I do like romance in my science fiction and fantasy. I prefer character-based fiction, and romance is often an essential part of that. Also, Lois McMaster Bujold is my all-time favorite author. But I have no interest in long, drawn-out wedding preparations. And the sex scenes were more creepy than anything.
Yeah, I'll probably buy the sequel, because Bujold deserves my trust. She's never failed me before, and she may get back on track in the story's conclusion. She can do far better than this - as the early part of the book clearly demonstrates. Really, part of my intense disappointment might be because the book started out so well. Perhaps I would have given it three stars, if not for that.