The Sharing Knife

The Sharing Knife

Volume Four, Horizon

eBook - 2009
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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 farmer girl Fawn Bluefield, neither expected to fall in love, join their lives in marriage, or defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the perilous split between their peoples.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins ebooks, 2009
ISBN: 9780061759888
9780061759871
0061759880
0061759872
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Horizon

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HanakoGal Feb 10, 2013

The cultural interactions were interesting, the magic was fascinating, and the action was well paced. A wedding, Dag's magical studies, misunderstandings between Lakewalkers and Farmers, traveling in a caravan of homesteaders, and fighting off mudmen; all done very well. It was also fulfilling to see Dag and Fawn's desire to change the world, one person at a time, bear some fruit.

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tardis
Jun 04, 2010

This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Horizon is the fourth and presumably final book in the Sharing Knife series, set in a fantasy world that feels very much like frontier North America. Two peoples - the Farmers, the ordinary people, busy building, farming and expanding into new territory, and the Lakewalkers, magic-using descendants of long-ago mage lords who protect the Farmers (and each other) from Malices. Malices are projections of "ground" which is the force that inhabits all matter. Living things have a stronger ground, but inanimiate objects have it too. Lakewalkers can sense, shape and manipulate ground to mend and heal. Farmers and Lakewalkers don't mix and have many misconceptions about each other.

Dag (a Lakewalker) and Fawn (a Farmer) met, married and went on an adventurous "honeymoon" trip in previous books, collecting a motley crew of friends and family along the way. Now Dag needs a Lakewalker teacher to help him manage his burgeoning abilities as a maker and reach his goal of bridging the gap between Farmers and Lakewalkers. He finds an apprenticeship, but the traditional Farmer/Lakewalker divide interferes again and he and Fawn head back towards home, travelling with a group of friends and some settlers looking for a new home in the north. On the way they meet the most dangerous Malice yet.

This is an excellent book but it's necessary to have read the earlier books first. The frontier world setting is a nice change from the pseudo-Europe of most fantasies and characters and dialogue ring true. In particular, Dag and Fawn's relationship is a joy, but even the minor characters are well-drawn. Like all Bujold's books, this series is a keeper and I will be re-reading it for many years to come.

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