Passage (The Sharing Knife, Book 3)
I read it at night. I read it at breakfast, lunch and dinner and every minute in between when I had free time. I do have book 4 in the series. It's waiting for me now. I can hardly wait to get started.
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Reviewer's Note: Adult themes. Another Review at MyShelf. Reviewed Rather, there are a bunch of little stories that don't really relate to each other except for the fact that they may provide even more companions for Dag, Fawn, and the riverboat crew. The theme of Dag's exploration of his powers is really the only thing that ties this all together. Otherwise, I could see this book as a series of television episodes, linked together by the characters involved but none having much to do with the others.
Once I got used to the idea, though, I found that the book flowed very smoothly, and I enjoyed each individual piece as well as how they affected our heroes. One other plotline runs through the novel, which I'm sure will be dealt with in the final book: Dag's determination to bring the "Farmers" and "Lakewalkers" together in some form of understanding.
He continues to make strides in this desire every time he heals one of the other Farmers on the river, most importantly as he explains in great detail some of the Lakewalker traditions that they've habitually kept hidden from the Farmers. There's every indication that he makes an impression on the people around him, but the jury is still out on whether this will bring about a societal shift.
We see no indication of how the Lakewalkers themselves will react to this though we do see the first horrified, then slowly grudging feelings of the two Lakewalkers who end up joining the crew. Bujold's characterization skills are masterful. Every character in this novel, even if a bit player, is at least somewhat interesting, and she does a wonderful job with the steadily increasing number of crewmembers and friends that Dag and Fawn accumulate.
Berry, the riverboat captain whom Fawn befriends and who takes the couple onto her boat, on a quest to find her missing father and betrothed, is alternately witty and tough, depending on the situation. Fawn's brother Whit really comes into his own, annoying at first but slowly becoming the man he desperately wants to be. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife.
She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well.
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The Sharing Knife, Vol. 3: Passage
The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself The Star Kingdom has a new generation of officers! And this elite group hand-picked and trained by Honor Harrington herself is going to be needed immediately, as their first assignment turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected.
What was supposed to be a quiet outpost, far from the blazing conflict between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven has actually been targeted by an unholy alliance between the slaveholders of Manpower. The farmers and riverfolk have long distrusted the power of the mysterious and aloof Lakewalkers, even though they depend on them for protection from the evil malices.
The proud Lakewalkers, meanwhile, have exiled Dag after learning of his marriage to Fawn, the first outsider to be bound to a Lakewalker in their magical way. But as Dag's natural Lakewalker ability to manipulate "ground energy" begins to develop in dangerous directions, he and Fawn realize that big changes are ahead.
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This is an example of a series that, unlike many, keeps getting better with each book. I've been a long-time fan of Bujold, and I admire her ability to build entirely original and different worlds. She has widened the world of these novels significantly in the 3rd volume, and introduced some delightful new characters.
This was a fast-paced, intriguing story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The third installment to a great story. The quality of the writing and narration continues. The fantasy world is expanding and more insights are explained. If you liked for the first two this is more of the same. This is a must read series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. This storyline is well written and the chacter detail is just amazing. This author did an outstanding job. As someone who has read everything that the author has written, I was so happy that she seems to have come into her own again with this series.
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This third one in the series gives you even more details on Dag's awakening talents and also a lot of action as they travel. Very enjoyable and highly recommended! After I listened to book 2, I decided I wasn't going on with this series. But they put this one on sale and I got it.
The basic story is pretty good, but I'm still tired of all the description of everything the characters do. For example, when Dag is removing his hook, she writes something like "Dag unbuckled the harness of his hook, removed it and set it aside. How else would he remove it? And then he's not going to stand there and hold it.
He's going to set it aside. All she needed to say was "Dag removed his hook". That's just one little example, but basically, I think a third of the book could have been deleted and made a better read. There were many times I drifted off, thinking of other things because I was bored. Book 2 was the same way. Her writing is too wordy.