In case you don’t know, this is the third book in The Sharing Knife series. Make sure to start at the beginning with The Sharing Knife: Beguilement otherwise you will be lost at this point in the series.
This volume takes place almost immediately after Dag parts ways with his camp and his family at the end of The Sharing Knife: Legacy. He and Fawn arrive at her family’s home in West Blue to visit and figure out what to do next. After an interesting visit, Fawn and Dag set out to travel as Fawn would like to see the ocean. Fawn’s brother, Whit, decides to go with them a ways to sell his horses and then come home. But things don’t always turn out the way you plan.
Will Dag and Fawn figure out a way to educate farmers about Lakewalkers and malices, and find a place where they can settle?
I really enjoyed the dynamics in this volume. Up until now it was mostly Fawn that was out of her element, especially when they went to live with Dag’s family and camp in the previous volume. Now both Dag and Fawn are finding their way. It was well done of Ms. Bujold to make the story follow the rhythm of a river. I really felt like I was floating along in a houseboat. What I love about this series is its uniqueness. While it is classified as a fantasy, there is a deep core of romance to it that I find enchanting. The world building is top notch and easy to slip into. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this series to just about anyone. I eagerly await more adventures for Dag and Fawn.
Re-Issued Review: Original Release Date: 2008-06-22
Acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer Lois McMaster Bujold—five-time winner of the Hugo Award—brings us the third installment in her New York Times bestselling romantic fantasy The Sharing Knife, Volume Three: Passage Young Fawn Bluefield and soldier-sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickory have survived magical dangers and found, in each other, love and loyalty. But even their strength and passion cannot overcome the bigotry of their own kin, and so, leaving behind all they have known, the couple sets off to find fresh solutions to the perilous split between their peoples. But they will not journey alone. Along the way they acquire comrades, starting with Fawn's irrepressible brother Whit, whose future on the Bluefield family farm seems as hopeless as Fawn's once did. Planning to seek passage on a riverboat heading to the sea, Dag and Fawn find themselves allied with a young flatboat captain searching for her father and fiancé, who mysteriously vanished on the river nearly a year earlier. They travel downstream, hoping to find word of the missing men, and inadvertently pick up more followers: a pair of novice Lakewalker patrollers running away from an honest mistake with catastrophic consequences; a shrewd backwoods hunter stranded in a wreck of boats and hopes; and a farmer boy Dag unintentionally beguiles, leaving Dag with more questions than answers about his growing magery. As the ill-assorted crew is tested and tempered on its journey to where great rivers join, Fawn and Dag will discover surprising new abilities both Lakewalker and farmer, a growing understanding of the bonds between themselves and theirkinfolk, and a new world of hazards both human and uncanny.