Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Sharing Knife - Book 1
This book was a surprise to me. I wasn't expecting quite as much romance. I think part of that is that a good friend of mine really loved these books and she's not so much of a romance nor a fantasy reader.
The first half of the book tells the fantasy tale of Fawn, a young woman farmer, who is running away from her home and family, and Dag, a veteran Lakewalker patroller possessed of some very interesting magic. They have adventures fighting the malice - bad, awful, deadly, gross horrors that threaten their world.
Then, close to the middle of the book, we turn to the more romantic side of the tale as the two begin to get to know each other and fall in love. Of course, their vastly different cultures hold myriads of pitfalls and difficulties, never mind their big difference in age. But it's really a fun romance, I thought. I enjoyed it alot and I also enjoyed how Dag was able to be Fawn's protector with her family and how he encouraged her to be her own woman.
I only gave the book 3.5 stars because it felt rather unfinished. It seems, as I discovered near the end of my reading, that Beguilement is actually the first half of a full book, The second book, Legacy, is the other part of the volume. Beguilement is about Fawn's people and how they react to the could and it seems that Legacy will be about how Dag's people will react. And you know... I've grown to kind of resent books that do this. I tend to feel tricked. In retrospect, I wish I'd maybe waited to read this until I had book 2 in hand - but now I shall wait until it goes on sale. :)