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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,665 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sharing Knife Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188628
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An epic fantasy of devotion, destiny, and perilous magic from one of the most honored writers in the field—multiple Hugo Award–winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family’s farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions but the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as “malices.” When Fawn is kidnapped by one of these creatures, it is up to Dag, an older Lakewalker heavy with sorrows and responsibilities, to rescue her. But in the ensuing struggle, it is not Dag but Fawn who kills the creature—at dire cost—and an uncanny accident befalls Dag’s sharing knife, which unexpectedly binds their two fates together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy from Hugo-winner Bujold…Bujold hints at an epic past of mighty kingdoms and ancient sorceries, a past that will hopefully be fully detailed in the sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] saga of daring deeds and unlikely romance. Bujold quickly develops unforgettable characters as she crafts a world filled with unique monsters and an original approach to magic.”

    Library Journal

  • “The lovers are compelling characters, and Bujold delivers a novel that is a sweet, touching, and fast read…teens will want to see how this tale continues in the next volume.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Bujold develops the characters and their relationship skillfully enough to please romance as well as fantasy fans.”

    Booklist

  • “A quiet, beguiling and transcendent tale of love, mystery, and magic….The main characters are, as usual, complex and beautifully written, and their tale is a perfect introduction for newcomers to Bujold’s work.”

    Romantic Times

  • “[A] fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures.”

    Locus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Chin | 2/13/2014

    " Her books are so addicting. This was slower than any of the Chalion ones that I read also over the last week, but it was still quite delightful. You really fall in love with her characters, for they're honest and straightforward. Highly enjoyable. What I didn't like was that this book is clearly the first in a series, so she sets up a big problem and there is no resolution by the end. That kind of sucks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/31/2014

    " I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Spencer-Fleming | 1/23/2014

    " Comfort re-read. Every year, I go through a chunk of LMB's backlist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicia | 1/16/2014

    " This book was...not good. This author is great. This book...Harlequin-y "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 12/31/2013

    " This book was unique from most other books I have read. It was fascinating to watch how everything unfolded and came together. I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in going away to another world for a while! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/24/2013

    " Somewhere in here there really was an interesting fantasy wold and fantasy story... but why didn't anybody warn me that this was essentially a romance novel???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Winters | 12/18/2013

    " This was such an easy read. The characters are fabulous. Usually fanisy books have a way of confusing the reader, using unknown words, etc. I can't wait to read the follow up book. This one left me hanging. I HAVE to know what happens next to Frawn & Dag. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/4/2013

    " Bujold is a terrific author but this is a substandard series. Basically a romance novel. Of course I still read all the sequels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 6/11/2013

    " Not as fast-paced as her Vorkosigan novels, but still a very good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshi | 4/19/2013

    " This book began in a promising way - demons, unlikely heroine, mysterious warriors. However, half-way through LMB shifts into romance novel. What could have been a 4 or 5 star novel dropped to a max 3 for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.A. Erickson | 12/15/2012

    " Begins like a fabulous fantasy, ends like a comedy of manners. A little untraditional, but brilliantly written as usual. I look forward to the rest of the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 12/3/2012

    " I like Bujold. These are pretty good, not fantastic, but keep me entertained for a few hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 11/27/2012

    " Really one star but I gave it an extra for good brainless beach reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Dehoff | 5/2/2012

    " This series was difficult for me to get into for some reason, but it grew on me, especially in the second and third books. I still prefer Bujold's Vorkosigan and Chalion books, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Clough | 11/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, and had to immediately read all the sequels. But, having done that, it's not going to be my favorite Bujold series. Oh damning criticism, I am not going to re-read them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Gamble | 11/9/2011

    " I was really surprised how much I was pulled into this story. I read it in one day so it is clearly a very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 4/29/2011

    " I just love the worlds and characters that Lois creates, and this is no exception: Dag and Fawn are simply adorable and you just get so engrossed in their story that you feel like you are there side by side with them, sharing their troubles and joys. Can't wait to read volume two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pia | 4/27/2011

    " Not bad, though Spark is a bit of a flat character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 4/26/2011

    " Less exciting than when I read it the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/6/2011

    " Light on plot but long on character, charm, and romance. An enjoyable, quick read - Jane Austin meets Tolkein. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggie | 3/20/2011

    " The first 70 or 80 pages: lots of plot, lots of world-building.

    The rest of the book: minimal plot, minimal world-building.

    I enjoyed it, I guess, but I'm glad I have the second book on hand in hopes that stuff (like, you know, plot) actually starts up again.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/3/2011

    " I loved the Midwest setting here--I didn't identify any particular geographic points, but the whole thing just rang true for me--and the characters as well. Their dilemma relationship-wise is a somewhat unusual one and I think Bujold handled it well. [Feb. 2011] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/3/2011

    " Very well written but not aclean romance--meaning I wouldn't want my teenage daughter reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/15/2011

    " It felt too short to me, but I liked the cultures and traditions and the characters. "

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About the Author
Author Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, The Warrior’s Apprentice, introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011, she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017, the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.