Wednesday 22 February 2012

Review: Passage - Lois McMaster Bujold

Young Fawn Bluefield and soldier-sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickory have survived magical dangers and found, in each other, love and loyalty. But even their strength and passion cannot overcome the bigotry of their own kin, and so, leaving behind all they have known, the couple sets off to find fresh solutions to the perilous split between their peoples.

But they will not journey alone. Along the way they acquire comrades, starting with Fawn's irrepressible brother Whit, whose future on the Bluefield family farm seems as hopeless as Fawn's once did. Planning to seek passage on a riverboat heading to the sea, Dag and Fawn find themselves allied with a young flatboat captain searching for her father and fiance, who mysteriously vanished on the river nearly a year earlier. They travel downstream, hoping to find word of the missing men, and inadvertently pick up more followers: a pair of novice Lakewalker patrollers running away from an honest mistake with catastrophic consequences; a shrewd backwoods hunter stranded in a wreck of boats and hopes; and a farmer boy Dag unintentionally beguiles, leaving Dag with more questions than answers about his growing magery.

As the ill-assorted crew is tested and tempered on its journey to where great rivers join, Fawn and Dag will discover surprising new abilities both Lakewalker and farmer, a growing understanding of the bonds between themselves and their kinfolk, and a new world of hazards both human and uncanny.

Series: The Sharing knife #3, Genre. Romantic Fantasy, Pages: 422, Published: 2008 by EOS, Source: Library

My thoughts:
Why oh why am I such a sucker for punishment? This series must have enchanted me. Because book 1 was good, a tad boring in place, book 2 was good too, still more boring, but this one. Yes here I finally was truly bored. Now I will not rush to read book 4 at once.

The other books have been slow but here the slow pace took another form as Fawn and Dag and a bunch of others makes it down the river..slowly. Nothing happens, well something at the end, but by then I was bored and even skimmed a page or two. But then again what does any of this matter, I already scared away all of you with my previous two reviews.

And Dag is turning 56 in this way, congrats, Fawn is turning 19 later..yeah.

So...yup, nothing happened. Dag wondered about Magic, Fawn was not really around much. The other characters were ok I guess. And farmers are still bloody stupid, but so are lakewalkers. Work together people!

Not exactly a series I would recommend, still it beguiled me.



  1. I haven't read anything written by Lois McMaster Bujold, even though I have many of her books on my wishlist. After reading your review, now I'm sure I'm not going to start with this series. Thank you for posting! :)

  2. I have read series like that and ended up reading every single last one of them! Even though at times I was completely bored out of my mind! I had to know how it ended.

  3. I admire you for reading these. You are loyal :)

  4. so wait, the guy is 56 and the girl is 19??? whoa!

  5. Too bad the pace didn't pick up. I admire that you made it through the first three! You are a trooper!

  6. I must admire your loyalty to reading this. You lasted 3 books! Yayy!

    Happy the way. ^.^

  7. I hate being bored! You gave the series 3 books which is probably more than I would have if the second book was even more boring than the first, but it's like you can't help but hope they're going to get better and you don't want to miss out if that's going to be the case!

  8. Wow! That truly does sound like torture. Sorry you were bored. At least you've discover some new series books that seem a bit more promising.

  9. thanks for the honeset review -- I've seen people get swoon-y over Bujold but I haven't gotten the appeal.

  10. I think I might have to pass on this series!

  11. Sorry this was such a dud for you. That happens with series for me as well. I keep reading because I feel I should but most times I should have quit after the first one. Lol.

  12. Giada
    Some do love the books, for me they just moved way too slowly.

    Lol, I do need the last book cos I nEED to know! Or else it will bug me

    I am crazy...

    To his offence he looks 40 *coughs* Still way too old, but at least they are in love and happy

    And I will read book 4...sometime during the spring

    Oh it is not over yet ;) I will read the last one and finish the seri3es

  13. Jenny
    I just can't stop reading them, I get now that this is the style, sure I was bored, but I want to know what happens to the couple and the world.

    I will still finish the series, only one book left now ;)

    And after this I do not get it either...

    Good choice ;)

    Lol, I am just strange

    Lol, book 1 was at least good and so was book 2. And it was not that this one was bad, it was just soooo boring at times

  14. Oh I hate it when a series does that to me. I always wonder if I should still go on because I just know the next will wow me. I like to torture myself like that. :D

  15. Funny how a series can suck you in in spite of yourself. I'm impressed by your perseverance. I would never last that long. At least you tried. And is there that big of an age difference with the guy and girl? That kind of throws me.

  16. lol. I'm sorry, just hearing you say it so slow and boring, then diving into the next book. :D Strange combo, but glad you are going forward. Thanks for the reviews!

  17. I remember your review of the previous book so am a little suprised that you stuck with this series. Also 19 and 56 is too big of a age difference for me to not raise my eyebrows.

  18. i would give up as well aand the covr is iffy

    tnx 4 reviewing

  19. And Dag is turning 56 in this way, congrats, Fawn is turning 19 later..yeah.

    Lol, how lovely but, to tell you the truth, I've read about bigger age discrepancies. ;p Still a book which is boring sucks. Life is boring, books shouldn't be.

  20. I just listened to Robin Hobb's Shaman's Crossing and I know the feeling of long winding narration with nothing happening...

  21. Sorry you got bored so much!

  22. I think it's time for you to give up lol ;) He's 56 and girl is 19? Eww!

  23. Melissa
    Lol, I know that this one will not wow me, still I must soldier on! Just one more to go

    I am crazy, but even though it is very boring, it still is good and with this one I really want to know waht happens. Other books I can just let go. The difference is really big and it both shows and not shows.

    Melissa World
    It is a strange books which drives me insane and makes me wanting to read more.

  24. Jenny
    I knew I would, it is bad for me, but I can't quit this series, and it is sucha fast read and I only got one book left...I can make it.
    Tell me about it o_O

    I do not know what to make of it.

    Ana, where? What kind of books are you reading? ;)
    Nope they should not be

    Let's see...was that book 2 or 3? Cos yes they got boring and they turned my stomach too

    Aurian :(

    NOOOO. Just one more.

  25. sounds like you have a hard time saying no and keep thinking that maybe this time the book will be good!! LOL!!

  26. You must have really liked Book 1 because if each successive book was more boring than the last, not only would I not rush out to read Book 4, I wouldn’t read it at all!

  27. Staci
    Lol, nah, I know they will suck, I still read ;)

    Loved it..*coughs* It was pretty boring in places too. I just wanted to know what happened

  28. This happens to me at times. I just think I want to know what happens and forget everything else until it is too late.

  29. Alexiz
    Oh I will know, I will know, and still it is..kind of good, if so boring

  30. Well I'm glad to know that I haven't missed out on anything by not reading this book. As much as I enjoyed book 1 I just didn't feel the need to continue with the series after book 2.

  31. Simcha
    I will read book 4 and you'll see how it all ends. That way you do not need to be bored

  32. hahaha I have a YA fantasy series like that, I don't know why I keep reading but I just do ;)

  33. Teddye
    I guess sometimes books are such mysteries :)



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