Title: The Sharing Knife
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Scrinnameless, who I call “Scrin” for short, is a 22 year-old geology student who is reading Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Sharing Knife: Beguilement. Bujold! (no, that is not going to get old any time soon) He finished the book!
So everyone’s warned Dag and Fawn away from each other. Apparently, Dag’s superior is afraid that if he opens himself up, he’ll take in love like a starving and thirsty man would take in food and water—and try to go too far, too fast.
Still, I know they’ll end up together, even if it’s only for a little while. The real interest I have in this relationship is seeing what comes next.
And…Yep, it comes to a head. There’s a party (which Lakewalkers like to do quite a bit) and as the festivities wane down, Dag and Fawn go off to go get busy.
I suppose I should say that I found the love scene to be tastefully written and didn’t make my face burst into flame.
Chapter 12: The Morning after.
Okay, I laughed. The next morning, Dag and Fawn entertain each other some more. Now this is a nice silly section. Dag’s got a big grin on his face, and people are staring. Then this bit of self-admonition from Dag pops up:
“A responsible, mature, respectable patroller should not walk about grinning and glowing like some dementedly carved pumpkin. It was like to frighten the horses.”
And there’s also a mention as how a lot of the patrollers didn’t sleep and they drank too much, and an unexpected act of mercy by their patrol leader had them set out at noon instead of the crack of dawn, her being notorious for taking no small amount of pleasure from watching a bunch of hungover, sleep-deprived men and women try to go in the same direction at once.
Anyway, I’m having a blast with this chapter. Dag’s ridiculously smitten, and Bujold is throwing joke after joke. I am, however, getting some inklings of trouble in the future. I suppose having the last half of the book be all wisecracks and silliness would get kind of old after a while.
This is interesting. Dag’s heavily incapacitated, so Fawn’s caring for him now. It feels a little contrived, though, like Mrs. Bujold is consciously trying to even the score. There’s some more about Fawn’s home life…I don’t envy the woman, put it that way.
Dearie, dearie me. I understand and accept that other people often don’t know what Dag’s thinking, but I don’t know what Dag’s thinking after reading this chapter. I thought he understood how to deal with people.
This chapter shows Fawn’s family at a not very admirable time. I really don’t have much to say, except they seem to pull through—eventually. Dag, though, does something spectacular.
Now this is a very sweet chapter. I mean, a real warm-fuzzy feeling generated from multiple deeds. This chapter really shows Fawn’s Aunt Nattie (a pretty awesome character). It also settles things up.
This is a pretty fun chapter; Fawn puts that brain of hers to some good use and makes a very intelligent connection based on the information he’d told her. Dag also seems to have found out some very interesting facts about himself. I’ll probably be reading the rest of the books in the series.
Damn, Fawn has some shitty brothers. These guys are downright malevolent. Dag has the self-control of a saint for not beating two of them bloody. I know I would have, were I in his situation. No wonder the woman can’t wait to leave her family.
End! Well, it certainly gives a good happily-ever-after. There’s two more books in the Sharing Knife (that I’m aware of, anyway), so I assume things are going to have their ups and downs. Maybe it’s more of a Happily-until-the-next-book.
Verdict: I enjoyed this book. Quite a lot. The initial fantasy world-building got my interest as a reader of that particular genre, and apart from a small intermediate period of unbelievable awkwardness, I enjoyed the characters and the writing.
That brings up a point. The actual story itself didn’t grab me too hard, but the characters and the turn of phrase took me by the shoulders and said, “ACKNOWLEDGE THE AWESOME!” And I willingly do so. This was a fun read, and I’d recommend it. Despite the geomorphology-inaccurate map at the beginning of the book.
Thank you, Scrin! I fully acknowledge the awesome. So, what should he read next? Part II of The Sharing Knife, or something else? Any ideas?