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Publisher's Summary

In a world where malices, remnants of ancient magic, can erupt with life-destroying power, only the 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 rescued farm girl Fawn, neither expected to fall in love, marry, and defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the split between their peoples. As Dag's powers have grown, so has his frustration with the Lakewalkers' rigid mores. Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing and that the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold the malices at bay forever. Yet for all the customs that Dag and Fawn have challenged, they will soon be confronted with a crisis beyond imagining. When the old ways fail, can their untried new ways stand against their world's deadliest foe?
©2009 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[Bujold's] eventful conclusion to [The Sharing Knife] series proves that her talent for storytelling persists regardless of genre." ( Library Journal)
"Bujold develops the characters and their relationship skillfully enough to please romance as well as fantasy fans." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 10-19-09

Very satisfying read

This book continually kept my attention throughout the entire book. I found myself staying up late doing chores just so I could continue listening. The whole Sharing Knife series has been very enjoyable. This fourth volume has continued that tradition. I love Dag's no-nonsense heroic ways and Fawn's heroic pluck. I enjoy characters I would personally like to meet and get to know. These two definitely qualify.

I have never been disappointed and have thoroughly enjoyed all of Bujold's books and series. With this book she continues to earn my respect and I hope will earn yours as well.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terri on 04-17-11


Lois McMaster Bujold develops a fascinating world and characters. On top of everything else, including the love story, the discovery of inner strength and talents, overcoming adversity, cooperation and more, it is a wonderful story of two groups of peoples slowly overcoming superstitious prejudice and the beginnings of true understanding and trust.

She provides just enough information about the events that occurred before the books for the reader to theorize about the probable history. I hope Bujold has plans for a future book(s) expanding on the history of this ‘world’ and possibly more development of the third group of ‘peoples’.

I bought the first book of this series through one of spend 2 credits get 3 book specials and it was one of my best buys thus far and a great move on Audible’s part. I promptly bought the rest of the books of the series & enjoyed them all.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By CeNedra Red on 09-06-16

Poor Narrator Spoiled a Good Story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The printed version of this book, yes. I read this series of books when they were first published and loved them. The Audio version, perhaps not.. As to why, I would have to say that I certainly enjoyed the printed version better, as I didn't have to listen to the narrator spoiling it.

What did you like best about this story?

I have always enjoyed character based stories, and this story gives a whole raft of characters, who are both likeable and interesting. The story itself was also intriguing, and kept me interested all the way to the end.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Reading in a sing song voice might be fine for three year old's, but its excruciatingly annoying for everyone else. This method of reading makes every sentence a question, which detracts from the enjoyment of the story. In my opinion, this strange phenomena seemed to get worse with each book in this series, so that by this book "Horizon", it could almost have been accompanied by an orchestra.

Did The Sharing Knife, Vol. 4: Horizon inspire you to do anything?

Avoid future books read by Bernadette Dunne

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the printed versions of this series, with its vivid characters and interesting story line, peppered with a wonderful wit and humour. The Audio version has been spoiled by a reading style that should be restricted to children's books. Ms Dunne might have done a better job if she hadn't set the story to music. I will recommend this series in Printed Form, but unless you like sung books, I'd say steer clear of this version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catriona on 07-04-11

satisfactory ending to the series

I was quite disappointed with the first two books in this series. They seemed very thin after the complex characterisation and racing plots of Bujold's other books. Things picked up in book three and, either I got more into this world, or Bujold got more into her stride, but I couldn't put this one down. I wouldn't recommend starting with this though. She does give some back story, but I think you need to know what is happening from book one and I think that's why I enjoyed this so much more - the density of plot after four books was bringing her back up to usual very high levels of story telling.

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