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"Bujold builds a better fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures, she a farmer's daughter, he an adventurer on the trail of a deadly demon."--Locus

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre's most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. Meet Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory in Beguilement, the first book in Bujold's unforgettable four-volume fantasy saga, and witness the birth of their dangerous romance--a love threatened by prejudice and perilous magic, and by Dag's sworn duty as Lakewalker patroller and necromancer.

Publisher: New York : Eos, 2007
ISBN: 9780061139079


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Apr 20, 2018

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Feb 02, 2018

A compelling work of art painted with words. I could barely put it down enough to eat, sleep and work, so drawn into the story was I. It's so masterfully written, I was hardly aware I was reading and not watching. The characters are fleshed out so well, I felt like I actually knew them. The sprinkling of frightening events and horror wasn't enough to turn me off following the adventurers, but it was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm in awe of her skill. I obtained the next book in the series before I finished this one so I wouldn't have to wait. If you like adventure romance, I highly recommend you read this. I hope the next one is as good! Can't imagine it could get better!

May 27, 2016

This fantasy/love story is far from Bujold's Vorkosigan saga in tone and landscape but very appealing in its own way. The forbidden relationship between Lakewalker Dag and "farmer" Fawn proceeds through four volumes as they try to find a place for themselves in a divided world. I just listened to the series again and was enthralled--again.

Jul 28, 2012

Bujold turned her hand to a much more romantic story than she's written before, and it does not disappoint. The world-building in this book is also fantastic and original.

Jun 16, 2012

This starts out with some fine fantasy, but soon morphs into pretty much a love story. Not my genre, but it's well written and the central characters are cleverly drawn. The details of the settings and the culture are only sketched, but quite compelling. This is good world building. I know that the love story (and its difficulties with prejudice) continues in this trilogy, but I'll read on in hopes there's still some more fantasy to come.

Apr 01, 2011

This series is one of my favorites. I've never read a fantasy quite like it and I highly enjoyed the whole thing. I bought my own copies and return to the story repeatedly. I recommend it to everyone who likes solid fantasy adventure and those who like a little romance too.

Oct 01, 2010

A Fantasy romance…or a romantic fantasy? Both make it sound a little more edgy than what it is: a solid post-apocalyptic fantasy, that delves unashamedly into romance. There’s love here, and it’s the struggle to hold onto that love that binds the book together. There’s also horror, pain and betrayal, monsters and bravery, fights and family. It’s a wonderfully written story, and it’s for anyone that just loves a good tale.


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Jul 15, 2015

She stifled her longing to lean her head into his chest and just stand there for, oh, say, about a week.

Jul 15, 2015

Tough, tough old woman – absent gods, we loved her. Preferably from a safe distance, but there’s one like that in every family, I think.

Jul 15, 2015

Once upon a time, there was supposed to have been a chain of lakes, not just the big dead one. With a league of seven beautiful cities around them, commanded by great sorcerer-lords, and a sorcerer king, and princesses and bold warriors and sailors and captains and who knows what all. With tall towers and beautiful gardens and jeweled singing birds and magical animals and holy whatnot, and the gods’ blessings flowing like the fountains, and gods popping in and out of people’s lives in a way that I would find downright unnerving, I’m pretty sure.

Jul 15, 2015

He wasn’t sure if it was worse to be loved yet not valued than valued but not loved, but surely it was better to be both.

Oct 01, 2010

p. 63 Fawn’s skirt and the front of Dag’s trousers were soaked in too-bright blood. “Oh,” said Fawn in a mortified voice, when he’d swung her down from the horse and slid after her. “Oh, I’m sorry.” Dag raised what he hoped was an admirably calm eyebrow. “What? It’s just blood, Little Spark. I’ve dealt with more blood in my time than you have in your whole bitty body.” Which was where this red tide should be, blast and blight it. […]“Why is this happening?” […] He hesitated. Yes, she was young, but surely—“Don’t you know?” She glanced up at him. The bruise masking the left side of her face was darkening to purple, the gouges scabbing over. “Yes,” she whispered. She steadied her voice by sheer force of will, he thought. “But […] I was hoping you might…have a different answer. Stupid of me.” “The malice did something to you […] It stole your baby’s ground. It would have used it in its next molt, but we killed it first.” And I was too late to stop it.


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