The Sharing Knife

The Sharing Knife

Volume Four, Horizon

Book - 2009
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"An engrossing, satisfying read and a fitting conclusion to the series."
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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 Horizon, Bujold brings her remarkable Sharing Knife saga to its magnificent conclusion, as Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory must keep their love strong in the midst of an ever-changing world--even as Dag's apprehensions and abilities increase along with the malevolent threat surrounding them.

Publisher: New York, NY : Eos, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061375361
Characteristics: 453 p. : map, 24 cm
Alternative Title: Horizon


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Jun 16, 2018

I reread this book often. It's a wonderful conclusion to the series.

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.

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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