Thursday, November 5, 2009

Lois McMaster Bujold "The Sharing Knife"

Okay, I'll admit I have been sneaking in a bit of reading around all my school work. Shhh! Don't tell my husband. For the record, I have never done pleasure reading while he has had the kids by himself to give me time to study, I swear.

Okay, guilty admissions out of the way, I'll try to recap what I've made it through recently (from memory). Tess Dare's Goddess of the Hunt was very enjoyable and who can dislike a book with such a good title, really. I also picked up a Lois McMaster Bujold's book called Beguilement: The Sharing Knife Book 1. I saw it at my library (pictured here for Wendy Super Librarian) and like most of my reading, I picked it for the cover and the title. :) I was unfamiliar with Bujold's other books, apparently she writes mostly fantasy/sci-fi and this was an attempt at a book where romance was more central to the story. Works for me. It's just a terrific cross cultural love story between (dare I say it) a spunky heroine and a war weary hero. The world is typical "pseudo-medieval with supernatural elements" fantasy which I enjoy. But in the end it's the two main characters who pull the whole thing together.

In the second and the third books (I'm half way through number 3) the tension of "are they going to get together" is missing since they get their happy ending in book one. The question then shifts to "can they make a space for their relationship within their different societies who don't want to accept them together." So for me (have I mentioned I'm addicted to sexual tension) these two books are much slower, but I love these characters so much, it's still fun to follow them around. If you like fantasy and like some romance in your fantasy, try this one out. Highly recommend it.

Fantasy Romance 2006: 4 out of 5 sharing knives (duh!).

7 comments:

Jessica said...

So glad you liked it! I am also stuck in the middle of book 2, I think because I am listening to it.

Beautiful library!

Wendy said...

Awww, now see? Isn't that nice? Showing off pretty library pictures just for lil' ol' me :)

Heloise said...

Well, this is one of the places I get my books anyway. :) Our library was renovated in 2004 so it's pretty nice but I was very taken by Jessica's robin egg's blue room. I could read for hours in there.

Jessica, are you reading every book in the universe all the time?! I thought this one was pretty random, so it's funny to hear that you are in the middle of the series too. Book three is also slow but interesting and kind of an action packed conclusion. I think that's why they are slow for me, we are no longer working out issues within the relationship, they are just so darn happy with each other, so the books are completely dependent on plot action...

Marg said...

I've read the first two books. I like the way that the first book was mostly set amongst Fawn's people, and the second amongst Dag's. I am waiting to see what happens in the third book now. I think I currently have it out from the library.

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