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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,394 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: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455190690
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In a world where malices, remnants of ancient magic, can erupt with life-destroying power, only soldier-sorcerer Lakewalkers have mastered the ability to kill them. But Lakewalkers keep their uncanny secrets—and themselves—from the farmers they protect. So when patroller Dag Redwing Hickory rescued farm girl Fawn Bluefield, neither expected to fall in love, marry, and defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the split between their peoples.

As Dag’s abilities have grown, so has his concern about who—or what—he is becoming. At the end of a great river journey, he is offered an apprenticeship to a master groundsetter in a southern Lakewalker camp. But as his understanding of his powers deepens, so does his frustration with the camp’s rigid mores with respect to farmers. At last, he and Fawn decide to travel a very different road—and find that along it, their disparate but hopeful company increases.

Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing, and the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold every malice at bay forever. Yet for all the customs that the couple has challenged thus far, they will soon be confronted by a crisis exceeding their worst imaginings—one that threatens their Lakewalker and farmer followers alike. Now the pair must answer in earnest the question they’ve grappled with since they killed their first malice together: When the old traditions fail disastrously, can their untried new ways stand against their world’s deadliest foe?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bujold’s] eventful conclusion to [the Sharing Knife] series proves that her talent for storytelling persists regardless of genre.”

    Library Journal

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

    Booklist

  • “Dunne’s narration is good, with all of the large cast of characters given distinctive voices. She uses variations in tone and pitch, paired with a ‘down-home country’ delivery where appropriate among the more rural characters; thus Fawn sounds fresh-faced, breathy, and young, while her much older spouse, Dag, has a low, raspy voice…[A] solid performance.”

    SoundCommentary.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiri | 2/11/2014

    " Bujold is really creating her own genre at this point in her career... and doing a masterful job of it. It's fantasy - but set in a rural/agrarian culture reminiscent of frontier America, with a population divided into farmers and lakewalkers. The lakewalkers have a pseudo-psychic ability to sense "ground" (lifeforce?) and manipulate it; their purpose is to hunt and kill malices (malignant creatures that eat or absorb the grounds of people). There are hints of a long-ago apocalypse that created malices and perhaps also lakewalker abilities... but that background and all these details are really subordinate to the central story. In the central story it becomes a romance - a winter/spring relationship between Dag, a lakewalker, and Fawn, his farmer bride. He is 56, with a lifetime of sorrows behind him. She is 19, but wise and determined beyond her years. As we follow the two of them over the course of four books we get to watch interesting, complex characters take on realistic challenges and deal with issues of prejudice and deep-seated traditions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrin | 1/31/2014

    " So I have only read this series by her, but I have yet to read one that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. She's a very engaging writer and her characters are real and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/7/2014

    " This was a very satisfying conclusion to the Sharing Knife series. There's something quiet and contemplative about these books -- every time a malice appears (after book one) it seems oddly out of place and shocking. This book follows Fawn and Dag as they start to get some traction in their plans to change the world. The books are very much about changing the world one person at a time, and starting on a small scale. I think that's why I don't really feel compelled to give them a five -- that seems to be the theme of much of the PC lit I read, so it seems a bit worn. But Bujold does it well (as she does everything well) and they're books I enjoy rereading. I like the feeling that the world isn't against them -- it's just going along, doing its thing, and some people agree with Dag and Fawn, and others don't, and that's just fine. Like I said -- peaceful and thoughtful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/3/2014

    " Absolutely wonderful wrap-up to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinav | 12/27/2013

    " Fabulous closing chapter to this series. I wondered how Bujold was going to pull off a satisfactory conclusion to the problems her characters faced, but she did it, wonderfully! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 11/9/2013

    " Great finish for the series. Shows well how things are going to progress without wrapping it all in a nice little bow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Lee | 10/31/2013

    " Finished this one last week. The entire series just got better from book to book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 9/25/2013

    " Great stuff! I'm not sure if this is the last in the series, though, or if it will continue... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 9/2/2013

    " This series has a bit more on relationships and a little lighter on action, but still has the detailed, interesting and self consistent world that she always seems to create. I am once again in the sad state of being out of Bujold books to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selena Thomason | 8/3/2013

    " Good, but I didn't like it as much as the first book or two in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magda | 6/22/2013

    " Somehow thoroughly new, but still familiar. Excellent read, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/21/2013

    " The pacing in "Horizon" was better than the third Sharing Knife book. Good character interactions and plot, and a twist in the climax to make things interesting. All in all, a good way to end a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 10/5/2012

    " A nice wrap-up to the series. If you liked the first three books, you'll like this one. If you didn't, why on earth are you reading the fourth one? :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Daniels | 9/11/2012

    " The last book (I think) is the best. Ms. Bujold ties up all the loose ends and does it extremely well. I will miss the wonderful characters and their unusual adventures. If she writes more I'll read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 4/10/2012

    " Oh, Lois, I'm such a junkie for you. Awesome space opera, awesome pseudo-Spanish high fantasy, awesome potentially post-apocalyptic Mississippi River valley fantasy/romance... whatever. You write it, I'll love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonimo | 1/18/2012

    " This was a satisfying ending to a very good series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AliceAnn | 1/3/2012

    " Sorta sad it's the end of this series, but maybe it's for the best so I can have more time to read all the other series I like! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/28/2011

    " I had a tough time getting into this one, but I don't think it was the book's fault. I enjoyed this series, but I was definitely ready for it to be over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 4/3/2011

    " Fun, sure, but what in it is anything new? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2011

    " I really loved this series of books. I hadn't read a book that wasn't geared to Young Adults in a while, and it was a refreshing change.

    I am pretty sure this is the end of the series, but I wasn't sure until the very end. I really appreciated the epilogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sho | 1/3/2011

    " UMMM I need MORE! It feels like the story hasn't really ended... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 scarlettraces | 12/15/2010

    " engaging when taken at a gulp, although i think it might have dragged if i'd had to read it in stages. it's a happy book about people being productive, despite the obligatory (and well-done) action scenes, and sometimes that's just what you need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/23/2010

    " Liked this one too. Was easy to read, drew me in easily. Nothing earth shattering to consider. just pleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 10/27/2010

    " It was ok...some interesting fantasy themes in this series, but too much romance (sorry not my fav) for my taste...

    Some sex, no swears, some violence.

    Read Bujolds Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls-much much better books, in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinav | 10/26/2010

    " Fabulous closing chapter to this series. I wondered how Bujold was going to pull off a satisfactory conclusion to the problems her characters faced, but she did it, wonderfully! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marg | 10/22/2010

    " 4.5/5

    What an excellent finish to this series. "

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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.