Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Review: Horizon - Lois McMaster Bujold

In a world where malices--remnants of ancient magic--can erupt with life-destroying power, only 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 Redwing Hickory rescued farmer girl Fawn Bluefield, neither expected to fall in love, join their lives in marriage, or defy both their kin to seek new solutions to the perilous split between their peoples. As Dag's maker abilities have grown, so has his concern about who--or what--he is becoming. At the end of a great river journey, Dag is offered an apprenticeship to a master groundsetter in a southern Lakewalker camp. But as his understanding of his powers deepens, so does his frustration with the camp's rigid mores with respect to farmers. At last, he and Fawn decide to travel a very different road--and find that along it, their disparate but hopeful company increases.

Fawn and Dag see that their world is changing, and the traditional Lakewalker practices cannot hold every malice at bay forever. Yet for all the customs that the couple has challenged thus far, they will soon be confronted by a crisis exceeding their worst imaginings, one that threatens their Lakewalker and farmer followers alike. Now the pair must answer in earnest the question they've grappled with since they killed their first malice together: When the old traditions fail disastrously, can their untried new ways stand against their world's deadliest foe?

Series: The Sharing Knife #4, Genre: Romantic fantasy, Pages: 416, Published: 2009, Publisher: EOS, Source: Library

My thoughts:
Oh no she didn't! Oh yes I did.

I know I know, I have been bored for 2 books now and still I read this one. I just wanted to know how it ended. But after having thought about this, it ended as boringly as it went on. Nothing happened at the end either. 

Right this book then. Dag and Fawn talk --> they talk to other people --> they think about things ----> they are going north with a bunch of other people ---> more talking and thinking. 
*falls asleep* Yes I actually fell asleep while reading. 

Nothing happens, and when something finally does happen I am just too bored to notice. Still the book is not bad, it's well written and interesting. But it's just so darn boring! 

Conclusion:
Would I recommend it? No, I can't say I would. Do i feel foolish for reading them? Yes I do, darn these books, they were boring but still they compelled me to continue. At least they are a fast read.

Cover:
Good I guess



38 comments:

  1. I have never in my life fell asleep while reading, so this book really has to be boring you to tears. I do understand being compelled to finish a series though. At least you won't reread them I think :)

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    1. Lol, never ever!

      It's not the first book that made me fall asleep, though those have been mostly boring uni textbooks.

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  2. I can't believe you made it through this one. :)

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  3. Heh heh! This reminds me of all the times I sat through some three hour movie (or painful 90 minute one) thinking "it has to get better" only to get to the final credits and feel cheated. Insert sad trombone sound... :)

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    1. Haha, been there done that ;) Sometimes I do not know why I torture myself. You just keep on thinking, it must get better...surely it have to

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  4. I'm shocked that you kept on reading...lol....if bored I really cannot continue. Good for you on sticking through. Thanks for the honest review.

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    1. there was just something good over them, even if they bored me to tears

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  5. I have to give you credit for finishing it. I have to say I wouldn't have bothered.

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    1. I made the library buy them...kind of felt I had to ;)

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  6. I wouldn't have bothered either. The cover I find horrible.

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    1. It's better than what's inside ;)

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  7. Why?!? That's what I thought when I saw this since I really thought that you would have gave up on this series. Still I commend you for finishing it.

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    1. Haha, I know. I have no idea why I kept on going. I am deranged

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  8. oh gosh, i don't think i could have finished the series.

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  9. I can actually understand the drive to keep reading this author. She has a way of stringing words that just keeps my interest even if the story is actually not even to my liking :)

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    1. Exactly! I do not know how she does it, but she does, and so well

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  10. LOL I have read through a boring book just to find out what happens. You are so not alone in doing that. :D

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    1. Good to hear :) But I usually just read the endings in those ;)

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  11. Bummer! Sounds like one I can skip.

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  12. I thought I was bad for continuing a series when I start it, no matter what, but you definitely have me beat.

    Having said that, I didn't mind this series!

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    1. Lol, and you know it never occurred to me to stop. I knew they would get no better for me and still I read on

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  13. At least you gave it a shot...

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  14. LOL! I can't believe you kept reading in the series. :D

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    1. I know! It's not like I do not have better books waiting

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  15. As usual, your review's livelier than the actual book! I'm sorry your persistence did not pay off in this case.

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    1. Lol, thanks :)
      Nope, but I did see what happened in the end..nothing

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  16. Ah! I hate when that happens. You take a chance, and refuse to give up on a series because you think things wills get better, and then they don't. Not fun. But at least you got some beauty sleep out of it. :)

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    1. The thing is that after book 2 I knew that this was the style. They would not get better, but I just wanted to see what happened. foolish me

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  17. "I just wanted to know how it ended. But after having thought about this, it ended as boringly as it went on. Nothing happened at the end either."

    Hahaha! I'm so sorry you continued to be bored:( I would have been the same way though, my mind would have kept pestering me going "maybe the last book is the best one yet and you're going to miss it" until I caved:)

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    1. haha, nah I knew this would not be the best one yet. Still I read it, they are so easy..even if I fell asleep ;)

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  18. You made me laugh with your review. I think I will steer clear from this series. ;)

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    1. I have been a bit snarky lately ;)

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  19. haha, I'm so sorry that the book actually made you fall asleep. However, I give credit for finishing the series. :)

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    1. Maybe I needed sleep :) So thank you for that book

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