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When a young Lakewalker, Dag, and a young girl, Fawn, work together to kill a malice. the act binds their fates together.


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When a young Lakewalker, Dag, and a young girl, Fawn, work together to kill a malice. the act binds their fates together.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    Beguilement: Whether you would rather classify this as a fantasy novel or a romance novel, there is no question that it is well written. Ms. Bujold has created a rich world full of complex characters and a history that we only get a glimpse of in this first installment. There are moments of tense action and brutal violence along with the beginning of a deep romantic involvement between two of the characters. I truly enjoyed this novel and even during the slower moments of day to day life, found th Beguilement: Whether you would rather classify this as a fantasy novel or a romance novel, there is no question that it is well written. Ms. Bujold has created a rich world full of complex characters and a history that we only get a glimpse of in this first installment. There are moments of tense action and brutal violence along with the beginning of a deep romantic involvement between two of the characters. I truly enjoyed this novel and even during the slower moments of day to day life, found the characters and writing vibrant enough to hold my interest throughout. The magic system is fairly unique and I am interested in learning more about the origins and limitations as well as learning more about the history of this fascinating fantasy world. A lot of people have complained that this book is a romance novel disguised as a fantasy just to get fantasy fans to purchase it. I disagree. My only complaint was that the main love scene in the book was a bit long for my tastes and a bit more detailed than what I am used to in traditional fantasy novels. However, the romance plot line in general really helps to flesh out the story and give some vulnerability to the tales principle characters. Along that note, one of my favorite things about this novel was that the main characters in it are not superhuman as in a lot of traditional fantasy. Both of the main characters have physical and other limitations that make them seem more real and believable. All in all, an excellent novel and am looking forward to the second installment in the series. Legacy:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Magda

    This has become one of my comfort books, that I reread, it seems, once a year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Demartino

    This was the first fantasy novel I have read by Bujold. I have read several of her sci fi novels previously. Not quite what I expected when I first picked it up. As always with her work it is well written and she has done some excellent works building and character development. However, you only get glimpses of the world and it’s history through the romance plot that is central to the novel. Those glimpses were enough though to keep me reading to learn more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jules Bertaut

    This book was engaging and I read it pretty fast. The worldbuilding is pretty cool, but particularly the way hints of what's going on are slowly revealed. Age gap romance in this one that didn't bother me nearly so much, I guess because it was acknowledged?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well the romance between the 55 year old man and the 18 year old was over the top skiffo but then the whole thing ends with a wedding. The world building was enjoyable, but not enough to cover over the ugly sticky sweet and disgusting romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I have come to the realization that there is no shame in reading a book over and over and over again, anymore than one should be ashamed of listening to a single album, or piece of music, over and over and over again. So let me fess up right up front that I have read this series of books about three times. Then I got the audio versions, and learned that it is a whole different experience, listening to the story instead of reading them. I've listened to the series twice. And I'm going to say righ I have come to the realization that there is no shame in reading a book over and over and over again, anymore than one should be ashamed of listening to a single album, or piece of music, over and over and over again. So let me fess up right up front that I have read this series of books about three times. Then I got the audio versions, and learned that it is a whole different experience, listening to the story instead of reading them. I've listened to the series twice. And I'm going to say right now that in a few years I will read and listen to it again. Bujold's books are like the best music. A stirring, moving, compelling story, driven by a number of strongly distinct characters in a world so strongly crafted you can never see the bones. The situations within the story are thought-provoking, so there is always a lot to think about between reading sessions. Every time I go back to her books, I find more depths, more details, more to engage me, as though she'd written another draft in the meantime, and put in more for me to discover. And while I'm at I will admit I have read all of Bujold's series over and over again. And not for the last time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    So, I have read and enjoyed LMB books before, but this one really moved me in ways that the previous books have not. The writing is always solid, and she builds fantasy worlds like no one else, but I have often felt like the story or the characterization held the reader at arm's length. "Good idea," I would think, "but I never really felt welcome to share the joys and triumphs of the characters..." But not this time. Though I would characterize this book as a romance, it's not bodice-rippy. It's So, I have read and enjoyed LMB books before, but this one really moved me in ways that the previous books have not. The writing is always solid, and she builds fantasy worlds like no one else, but I have often felt like the story or the characterization held the reader at arm's length. "Good idea," I would think, "but I never really felt welcome to share the joys and triumphs of the characters..." But not this time. Though I would characterize this book as a romance, it's not bodice-rippy. It's a sweet story about two people from very different, but overlapping, worlds, who want a chance to be together. There are a couple sex scenes that don't fade to grey, and unlike most books that include these sorts of explicit scenes, these managed to further both plot and characterization, in addition to being both sweet and pleasantly hot. I'm pretty sure that's not easy to do, given how few authors are successful at wedding plot furtherance with the sexy. I'm relieved to be enjoying these, since I had purchased the whole series in hardback before I had even cracked the first one!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rosalee

    In order to like this book, you have to believe that Dag and Fawn could actually love each other and have a working, positive relationship. And I never could. I mean, here you have two people who are vastly different in age, experience, culture and a number of other things, and in less than a week they are madly in love with each other. Madly in lust with each other, sure, I can believe that. But I was never able to believe that they were anything more than twitterpated, and that it would wear o In order to like this book, you have to believe that Dag and Fawn could actually love each other and have a working, positive relationship. And I never could. I mean, here you have two people who are vastly different in age, experience, culture and a number of other things, and in less than a week they are madly in love with each other. Madly in lust with each other, sure, I can believe that. But I was never able to believe that they were anything more than twitterpated, and that it would wear off pretty soon. This book was dissappointing, because I've really enjoyed other books by Lois McMaster Bujold and therefore had high expectations.(I actually put it down a couple chapters into Legacy, because it just wasn't getting any better)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine Edison

    I really liked the first volume of this series and am working my way through the second. Bujold finds a way to invoke a whole world from the story of these two very different people, and I'm really rooting for Dag and Fawn to make it despite the disapproval of their two cultures. I like how Dag's missing hand is a constant presence in the story and like how he's found ways to cope with his harness and "hands." Fawn shows her tenderness by helping Dag when he breaks his arm, and he in turn learns I really liked the first volume of this series and am working my way through the second. Bujold finds a way to invoke a whole world from the story of these two very different people, and I'm really rooting for Dag and Fawn to make it despite the disapproval of their two cultures. I like how Dag's missing hand is a constant presence in the story and like how he's found ways to cope with his harness and "hands." Fawn shows her tenderness by helping Dag when he breaks his arm, and he in turn learns patience as he convalesces. It's nice to see a fantasy story that isn't on an epic scale, and the characters are original and fun to follow.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    This is probably the third, maybe the fourth, time I have read this. It has become more endearing with each successive reading. Dag and Fawn, from two different peoples and entirely different backgrounds are drawn together in the fight against supernatural creatures that arise unexpectedly and dangerously. This is what good fantasy ought to be: thoughtful and reflective on the human situation, however different the setting may be from that of our mundane lives.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Fantasy is not my usual read, but I really enjoyed this series. It isn't so 'out there'. Has romance, action and a good story line. It grabs you and keeps you engaged all the way through.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Great writer, and great series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I love the first two volumes in this series. Lois McMaster Bujold has another wonderful series on her hands. I can't wait to read the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Antonia Doncheva

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angela Hansler

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ejd

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark Marty

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aude Bourniquel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Banks

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diana Gotsch

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Cadillac

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bertke

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