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The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMaster…

The Sharing Knife: Legacy

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Series: The Sharing Knife (2)

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Newly married, it is time for Dag and Fawn to go back to his home at Hickory Lake and introduce her to his family and culture. There they run into all kinds of problems starting with Dag's mother and brother. They don't accept that the marriage cords are valid despite being able to use their ground senses to see that they are. They can't accept that Fawn, let alone half-breed children in the future, can have anything to offer the Lakewalkers in their mission.

Before matters can come to a head and a Council session be called, there is a major malice outbreak under a farmer town called Greenspring near the Lakewalker settlement of Raintree. They are calling for help. Fairbolt Crow, who is the Patroller Captain, drafts Dag to lead the rescue attempt. Dag isn't keen since his last leadership role cost him his hand, his wife, and most of his patrol. But he is the most experienced and knows the most people. He is also the tactician who might be able to prevail.

Fawn asks if there is something he can do to their marriage cords that will let her know his condition they way Lakewalkers can tell about each other through theirs. He does something that lets her know where he is and if he's all right. Therefore, when they run into problems with this very powerful malice, Fawn is one of the first to know about it.

Determined to go to him, Fawn takes off with a stolen map and her chubby horse despite being told that she should stay behind. Finding her husband groundlocked in some way despite the death of the malice and with the healer who traveled with her baffled, Fawn uses her brain and some clues that she put together to save Dag though he is gravely injured.

Even though they killed the malice and Fawn saved Dag's life, they still find themselves facing the Council when they return. But Dag has grown because he loves Fawn. He's finally come out the other side of the grief that crippled him after his first wife's death. He's developed new abilities as a healer that he didn't have as a younger man. And his is starting to question the way things have always been done.

The worldbuilding is fantastic. The writing is excellent. The book is filled with fascinating characters who grow and change as a result of the things they do and see. I am eager to see where Dag and Fawn go next in their journey together. ( )
  kmartin802 | Feb 23, 2019 |
Good entry in an interesting series. Mixed marriages are fraught with problems, such is the case with the farmer and the Lakewalker. Despite their success aiding in the demise of several malices, they are banned from The Lakewalker community. The next episode should continue to be interesting. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jan 18, 2018 |
This book picks up immediately after the first volume, with Dag the patroller and his Farmer wife Fawn enjoying their wedding night on the road and then going to to the camp of his people ( a charmingly described lake-island settlement); there his own mother and brother and a good many others strongly disapprove of the marriage, though they they are able to set up a little tent in a more sympathetic household. Word comes that a malice has broken out in a Farmer village about 100 miles away; Dag leads a party of patrollers who defeat the malice iutself, but ti has left behind a complex "ground" (magic) network that imprisons several makers (artisans) of another patroller camp, and the patrollers who try to break the spell (eventually including Dag and the leading healer Hahorie) are trapped in it.Fawn senses Dag's trouble through their wedding cords and frees him ad the others by driving the sharing knife she had unintentionally charged with her unborn infant's life into Dag leg. Though this frees Dag and all the other trapped patrollers and makers,many in Dag's camp are still unfriendly and he is summoned before the camp council to defend his marriage. A note: I was struck by the fact that the more extended map for this volume strongly suggests it is set in an equivalent of early Ohio, with the iron-producing Tripoint as Pittsburgh in the "rock il country" and the Gray River to the west as the Mississippi. It is not clear whether this is a post-apocalyptic version of our world or an alternate world sharing roughly the same geography. If the legendary history of a king whose misused magic produced the malices is true, presumably it is an alternative, but it is not cear how literally true that story may be. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 4, 2017 |
I left this in my TBR pile for quite a while, because I didn't fall for the first book in the series - but that turns out to be a mistake.

The character of Fawn is an incredibly rounded character. It's rare to encounter a character in writing that seems so read. Not perfect, not master of everything, but capable of some thing, incapable of others and yet more that able to be the heroine in both small and big ways. The rest of the book is okay, but Fawn alone makes this worth the read.

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  StigE | Aug 25, 2017 |
This series is the perfect blend of romance and worldbuilding: a fascinating, very American fantasy world (for all it's got kings and mages in its history), and a sweet, wonderful couple.
  jen.e.moore | Mar 1, 2017 |
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Lois McMaster Bujoldprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bell, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dunne, BernadetteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serrano, ErvinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006113905X, Hardcover)

Fawn Bluefield, the clever young farmer girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, have been married all of two hours when they depart her family's farm for Dag's home at Hickory Lake Camp. Having gained a hesitant acceptance from Fawn's family for their unlikely marriage, the couple hopes to find a similar reception among Dag's Lakewalker kin. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion, setting many in the camp against them, including Dag's own mother and brother. A faction of Hickory Lake Camp, denying the literal bond between Dag and Fawn, woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way, even goes so far as to threaten permanent exile for Dag.

Before their fate as a couple is decided, however, Dag is called away by an unexpected—and viciously magical—malice attack on a neighboring hinterland threatening Lakewalkers and farmers both. What his patrol discovers there will not only change Dag and his new bride, but will call into question the uneasy relationship between their peoples—and may even offer a glimmer of hope for a less divided future.

Filled with heroic deeds, wondrous magic, and rich, all-too-human characters, The Sharing Knife: Legacy is at once a gripping adventure and a poignant romance from one of the most imaginative and thoughtful writers in fantasy today.

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Newly married sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickory is called away from his bride, Fawn Bluefield, to deal with a magical attack on a neighboring area.

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