Review: Beguilement – Lois McMaster Bujold

Series: The Sharing Knife #1
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Pages: 376
Published: 2007
Publisher: EOS
Source: Library

Troubled young Fawn Bluefield seeks a life beyond her family’s farm. But on the way to the city, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier-sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made of human bone, they wage a secret on-going war against the scourge of the “malices,” immortal entities that draw the life out of their victims, enslaving human and animal alike. It is Dag–a Lakewalker patroller weighed down by past sorrows and present responsibilities–who must come to Fawn’s aid when she is taken captive by a malice. They prevail at a devastating cost–unexpectedly binding their fates together as they embark upon a remarkable journey into danger and delight, prejudice and partnership . . . and perhaps even love.
My thoughts:
I guess I expected epic fantasy, not fantasy romance. Not that I don’t like that, it’s just, there was a lot of talking and wondering and fluffiness. Now I sound horrid, I still enjoyed it all. 
There were a few things that bothered me though, Fawn is so short that she is mistaken for a child, Dag sees her boobs and gets that she is a woman. He thinks of her as a childwoman and honestly that was a bit creepy, not mentioning that we do not know his age..which was, yeah. 
But ok let’s not think about that. Let’s just think about a woman meeting a man. Man saves her and cares for her, and slowly they fall in love. All while she learns about his people. 
The first part is more filled since there they fight bad things, but then they get to this hotel and things slow down. 

But the world is interesting, and I wonder how things will work out for these two. I enjoyed it and read it really quickly and then I cursed someone who had borrowed part 2 πŸ˜‰

23 thoughts on “Review: Beguilement – Lois McMaster Bujold

  1. Felicia Sparks says:

    I don't know that I could have gotten past the thinking she was a child then seeing boobs to realize she isn't—puberty can give you boobs at 12 so that would stick with me *sigh*

  2. Jenny says:

    A child woman? Hm. That definitely brings to mind some disturbing imagery! I would hate for people to think I was a child then look down at my chest and go "oh! you're a woman". O_o

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaIt was a bit creepy yes, but well…oh I do not know. Can't blame her if she is shortFeliciaI did not think about that, ok gross, what an old perv!CaroleHaha, he is nice…just..old

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    ViviI'll read more and you will see :)JennyAnd here it was all cos a torn dress. It was just creepy. She has boobs, it must be okAurianI'll keep you updated

  5. Anachronist says:

    A fantasy romance which is fluffy? Nah. Have you really written 'fluffy'? I can't believe it!A short woman who can be mistaken for a child? Hmm…go to China and you won't have a problem with this anymore. ;p

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    AnaDo not faint now! πŸ˜‰ But yes I find books too fluffy too, not romance though, that must be the fluffiest of the fluffy kingdom fluff, whatever.But fantasy, that need to be epic, sure there can be romance. But all these feelings and talking. I need fighting, war and severed heads

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    DanaSeems book 1 and 2 is part of one bigger cover. I had not noticed beforeMissieYup, you can see why it was creepyChrisHihi, what can I say, that was the bookYvonneIt was :)MelissaI had hoped for epic, and yes fantasy romance is good, but I seldom truly fall for romance. Yes I liek it, but I never fall madly in love like with fantasyAlyssaIt was creepy and..well it was even more creepy later in way

  8. Staci says:

    The cover remindsme of fantasy books from the 90s! You must have enjoyed it somewhat, seeing how you were cursing out that pesky book reader!

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