The Sharing Knife, Volume Four: Horizon [NOOK Book]

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The concluding volume in the epic fantasy saga from multiple Hugo Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

A Lakewalker entrusted with protecting the populace from malices—terrifying remnants of ancient magic—Dag Redwing Hickory never expected to fall in love with Fawn Bluefield, the farmer girl he rescued. When they joined in marriage, defying their kin, they bridged the perilous split between their peoples. Now Dag's extraordinary maker abilities have grown—along with his ...

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Overview

The concluding volume in the epic fantasy saga from multiple Hugo Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold

A Lakewalker entrusted with protecting the populace from malices—terrifying remnants of ancient magic—Dag Redwing Hickory never expected to fall in love with Fawn Bluefield, the farmer girl he rescued. When they joined in marriage, defying their kin, they bridged the perilous split between their peoples. Now Dag's extraordinary maker abilities have grown—along with his fears about who and what he is becoming, and his frustration with the disdain in which Lakewalker soldier-sorcerers are expected to hold their farmer neighbors.

Fawn and Dag's world is changing, and the traditional Lake-walker practices cannot continue to hold every malice at bay. At the end of their long journey home, the pair must at last answer the question they've grappled with for so long: When the old traditions fail disastrously, can their untried new ways stand against their world's deadliest foe?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061984815
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Sharing Knife Series , #4
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 108,678
  • File size: 810 KB

Meet the Author

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for best novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella The Mountains of Mourning. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Satisfying Conclusion to an Engaging Series

    I recently have read the first 3 books in this series, and they just keep getting more intriguing. I'd read and loved Bujold's other fantasy series that started with "The Curse of Chalion," and found them a great read. I'd call that one High Fantasy, this is a series though that has hints of science-fiction in it that could explain the magical world, and is set in what could be the far future, but has a 19th century American frontier feel. The first book plays somewhat like a conventional romance book (somewhat May/November, the heroine is 18, the hero 55, but they work well together), only far better written than the books I find in the romance aisle.

    The first "Sharing Knife" book, Beguilement, is more a set up for the books to follow, which pull you closer and closer into this world. Bujold is wonderful at world-building and at creating characters you can fall in love with, and even her more unsympathetic characters are rounded and understandable. All are certainly page-turners, and this one is arguably the best of the four and did not disappoint.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    beguiling thought provoking tale

    The Malices continue their success of converting helpless humans into murderous ¿mudmen.¿ The only resistance against the evil Malices remains the Lakewalkers although they remain standoffish without offering pragmatic advice.<BR/><BR/>Former patroller Dag Hickory was fired and exiled for crossing the forbidden demarcation zone between his peer group and that of the the farmers when he rescued Fawn Bluefield from an assault, fell in love with the farmer¿s daughter, and married her; she too is exiled from her community. He demands the Lakewalkers get involved with the community they claim to protect. He persuades Lakewalker groundsetter to mentor and teach him the magical art of healing, but crosses another taboo line again when he uses his new skill to heal a gravely ill farm child. Dag and his pregnant wife travel through the mountains teeming with mudmen trying to reach the haven of a friend even as the world they may have to leave behind is teetering on the brink of collapse.<BR/><BR/>The fourth cerebral Sharing Knife fantasy (see PASSAGE, LEGACY and BEGUILEMENT) continues to explore the negative impact of prejudice on people. Each of the three prime groups have vivid pictures of how they see the other two races and cannot move past those deep rooted beliefs even when it negatively impacts their well-being and that of their loved ones. This causes cultural stagnation that stifles potential as everyone is forced into the limited norm, exiled or killed. Bias is so bone marrow deep that the only hope to save the world (Dag and Fawn) is pariahs in the communities they respectively grew up in. Once again Lois McMaster Bujold provides a beguiling thought provoking tale with the audience wondering if a new HORIZON has formed or will distrust of those different continue to rule and destroy.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Captivating continuation

    A delightful well written story. The author tells a great story with descriptions that are delightfully erudite while involving the imagination.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    An enjoyable ensemble piece

    The little party of players was assembled in book 3 and now is the payoff. Fawn and Dag go on a journey toward a new way of life, a new family and and a new home. Dag has to discover a way to channel his new and frightening abilities. This involves visiting a nearby Lakewalker camp to convince a mage instructor to take on an unconventional student.
    During the course of the story, old prejudices and injustices have to be overcome. Human and inhuman monsters are encountered along the way. Every person, Farmer, Lakewalker, and Half-blood) on the journey is tested, and all have important roles to play in the final outcome. I liked the way that all the characters have developed during the course of this series. I hated to leave the world LM Bujold had created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    Another good read from LMB!

    Good plot and carry thru from the previous books in the series. Now the world can start afresh!

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Wonderful Series

    The entire series is a wonderful, and engrossing world to escape into for several evenings of enjoyment and great story-telling. The only tning I regret about this book is that it is the end of a series where I came to care about the characters and loved the world where they lived.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Great Book!

    I don't actually know if this is the last of the sharing knife books, but it was really enjoyable. I always look forward to Bujold's books, but I'm reluctant to get involved in a series whose books consistently end with cliffhangers. When I started Horizon I worried that I would be left unsatisfied, hanging and waiting for what came next in the lives of Fawn and Dag, but Bujold made this book feel like a conclusion, while leaving plenty of things to wonder about in the lives of her characters. I'd love to see a fifth book, but the ending to this one made me hold it for awhile and sigh after.

    It reads like a combination western and great trek novel, which is interesting and new in a fantasy/scifi setting.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    The Sharing Knife - Horizon

    This book was just as good as the first in the series. The characters come alive and you feel like you are right in the situation with them. I love her writing style. This book started out a little slow, in my opinion, but picked up as the story went along and from then on I had a hard time putting it down. I hope she continues with this series. It is a unique storyline and I love all of the characters she has created...even the bad guys are interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    Sharing Knife is a Must read series!

    Book 4 takes twists and turns and keeps you glued to it for the last 100 pages! Very realistic characters, events and plot, as are all of her stories. Book 4 brings the conclusion in an unexpected way, every little detail building from book one to the end of book four. Every adventure contributing. Action, Adventure, Romance and charactors point of veiw.

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  • Posted December 12, 2008

    Malice, muddy ground and determination

    Lois McMaster Bujold has succeeded in capturing our attention with Horizon. Spellbound to the book I've read it three times since the book came. It is sad to think of this as a conclusion as there is so much more yet for the lakewalkers and farmers struggle. Bujold has shown strife between two sides can be overcome and in a thoughtful and enjoyable way. As Fawn finds Arkady a master groundsetter to help Dag continue their journey into exploring Dag's abilities. Arkady can teach Dag the skills but is worried about the dirty ground Dag has accumulated. Dag's desire to help farmers though, rips apart another lakewalker community. Dag, Fawn, Barr and Remo along with Arkady decide to head back north to meet up Whit and his new wife. They become guides to a party heading north to start a new life in unsettled lands up north. Now a new problem has risen with the half blood young wife and a lovely lakewalker sent to bring Arkady back to the southern camp. If things were not interesting enough a new kind of threat as they run into a party of mudmen and Malice that are fleeing an even larger terror. Will Dags discovery's help save the party?

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