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Lois McMaster Bujold
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“A quiet, beguiling and transcendent tale of love, mystery and magic...The main characters are...complex and beautifully written.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Bujold builds a better fantasy romance with compelling characters and the fascinating clash between their cultures, she a farmer’s daughter, he an adventurer on the trail of a deadly demon.”—Locus

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold has won numerous accolades and awards, including the Nebula and Locus Awards as well as the fantasy and science fiction genre’s most prestigious honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, four times (most recently for Paladin of Souls). With The Sharing Knife series, Bujold creates a brand new world fraught with peril, and spins an extraordinary romance between a young farm girl and the brave sorcerer-soldier entrusted with the defense of the land against a plague of vicious malevolent beings. Meet Fawn Bluefield and Dag Redwing Hickory in Beguilement, the first book in Bujold’s unforgettable four-volume fantasy saga, and witness the birth of their dangerous romance—a love threatened by prejudice and perilous magic, and by Dag’s sworn duty as Lakewalker patroller and necromancer.


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  • Poche: 384 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Voyager; Édition : Reprint (27 septembre 2011)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0061139076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061139079
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,1 x 10,9 x 2,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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C'est en 1986 que Lois McMaster Bujold débarque sur la scène de l'imaginaire avec la série des Miles Vorkosigan, l'un des plus populaires Space Opera de notre temps. Et avec Bujold, populaire rime avec qualité, puisqu'elle collectionne aussi les prix littéraires (Hugo et Nébula). Depuis Le Fléau de Chalion,  elle s'est imposée au premier plan de la Fantasy. Un tour de force, fourmillant d'inventions et remarquable de justesse, qui enchante les fervents de Robin Hobb, pour ne citer qu'eux.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Romantique, fantastique et magique 20 février 2011
Par Jean-loup Sabatier TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
Format:Poche
4 étoiles et demi pour "The Sharing Knife", un très plaisant roman de fantasy romantique. Il n'a pas de forte trame politique comme pour la trilogie de Chalion de McMaster Bujold, il semble destiné en premier lieu à un public plus adolescent que ses précédentes séries. L'histoire se passe dans une région à la vie simple et pastorale, mais pas paisible pour autant. Sur ces terres nouvellement colonisées (depuis quelques siècles), il y a deux peuples qui coexistent: les "Fermiers" qui colonisent cette terre et repoussent la forêt devant leurs implantations au fur et à mesure qu'ils créent de nouveaux villages: et les "Lakewalkers" , des nomades (souvent du genre beau ténêbreux) qui ont des pouvoirs magiques, qui patrouillent ces terres. Ils payent ainsi une erreur ancienne, une expérience magique qui a mal tourné, et qui fait que périodiquement, des démons sortent de terre, prennent la vie et l'énergie d'autant de fermiers qu'ils peuvent pour devenir rapidement le plus puissants possibles, jusqu'à ce qu'une patrouille de lakewalkers le trouve et le détruise. Nul ne sait ce qui se passerait si le démon grossissait jusqu'à devenir tout puissant et inattaquable par les lakewalkers, mais le résultat ne serait vraisemblablement pas beau.

Les gens pensent que les dieux sont partis de ce monde, et se sont détournés d'eux, probablement suite à leurs propres actions (i.e. suite à cette même erreur magique d'un roi lakewalker qui a fait que des démons surgissent périodiquement du sol).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 de la fantasy... romantique 5 février 2009
Par isobe1 TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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J'ai beaucoup aimé ce premier tome de la tétralogie "the Sharing Knife". Les Sharing Knife sont des couteaux en os humain, seules armes capables de tuer une Malice, monstre très dangereux. Fawn,une jeune femme de 18ans, quitte la ferme de sa famille parce qu'un de ses voisins l'a mise enceinte. En chemin vers Glassforge, ville où elle compte chercher un emploi, elle est enlevée par une Malice et est sauvée in extrémis par Dag, un Lakewalker manchot. Elle fait une fausse-couche et découvre que le "ground" de son bébé mort est à présent dans le sharing knife de Dag, ce qui la lie à Dag. Il leur faut à présent comprendre comment cela a pu arriver. Les voici partis pour un voyage passionnant (durant lequel ils tombent très rapidement amoureux) et on referme le livre avec une seule idée: commencer aussitôt le tome suivant.
en bref, ce roman de fantasy est atypique parce que l'histoire tourne plus autour de l'histoire d'amour de Dag et Fawn qu'autour d'une quête particulière. Cependant, les éléments de fantasy sont bien là et on ne reste pas sur sa faim.
Remarque: quelque scènes très explicites, ne pas mettre entre les mains des plus jeunes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Simpler than her other worlds -- but no less believeable 12 décembre 2006
Par Esther Schindler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lois McMaster Bujold has become one of my favorite authors. She has all the skill of worldbuilding of, say, CJ Cherryh, an unrivaled ability to combine humor and unstoppable action, and the ability to draw believeable characters about whom I care desperately. She also knows how to write a romantic love story. Beguilement draws upon all those strengths -- but it's somewhat different than Chalion and the Vor universes.

This is a much simpler tale. For example, it doesn't have the history that the Vor universe has... a history that slowly dawns on you as you figure out the reasons each society adopts given attitudes, and the reasons that Miles Vorkosigan is unlikely to discover simple answers. The books in the Chalion series are built on the premise of gods who can, indirectly at least, interact with the world they created. In Beguilement, the world in which Dag and Fawn live has a history, some of which the author has not yet revealed to us, but the world doesn't draw your attention away from the story. Most of the time, anyway. It also doesn't have the non-stop action that characterizes several of the Vor books (which makes me think of James Bond in Space).

As a result, you don't have to have your brain in operation full-time; Beguilement is a book to relax with rather than to cause you to think deep thoughts.

Some of the reviewers here are disappointed that this is just another love story, but I think they may be missing the clues that Bujold leaves all over the place; you just know that the newlyweds will have more to cope with in the next book than convincing Dag's family to accept Fawn. It's obvious that Dag and Fawn will encounter something far more dangerous than the cultural clash that forms the tension through much of this book.

Personally, I love the "grounding," the special ability of Lakewalkers to connect to living things, which serves as the "indistinguishable from magic" skill to the mundane "farmers" who populate most of the world. This is a quick read, but Bujold painted a lot more in the background than fluffy white clouds in a clear blue sky.

I think you'll appreciate this book most if you come to it with an easy expectation: think of it as a summer beach read. It's more than that, I think, but it doesn't have the action or emotional density of her earlier novels. That's fine with me, because I thought this was plain good fun.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 False Colours 4 juin 2007
Par E. A. Lovitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Bujold is one of my favorite fantasy authors, on a par with Patricia McKillip and R. A. MacAvoy when she's firing on all of her imagination cylinders. But this book was a bit kinder, gentler, sweeter, and umm, duller than I was expecting from her. I was looking forward to another "Spirit Ring" and got a double-decker romance. To be fair it has a decent monster, but only in a cameo role. It's a quick "Look, there's the Monster!" in Chapter 5, then nothing fantastical appears for the rest of the book.

Okay, well the hero heals a bowl on page 289.

It's usually an indication of laziness, when a second character has to explain why the book's heroine is special, rather than showing her in action and letting the reader decide. Normally Lois McMaster Bujold's specialty is finely wrought, believable characters, but in "Beguilement" she rushes the reader to judgment. We are told right away that Fawn Bluefield is likeable, intelligent, and pretty. There is no real reason for the author to do this, since Fawn is on stage through the rest of the book, and she really has all of those fine qualities. Maybe the author's `tell rather than show' policy is the reason why "Beguilement" seems more like a romance than a fantasy.

Most of the magic and action take place in the first 50 pages of "Beguilement," and after that we are treated to lots of background, world-building, and a slow but obvious romance. However, there's not much of a plot. If I were to leave out what little magic there is, I could summarize the plot as: heroine runs away from home, falls in love, and with the encouragement of her lover, is reconciled with her family. It could almost be a Jane Austen novel except for the monster.

And that pesky bowl.

I'm not really complaining, though. I like romances, and am looking forward to the next installment of "The Sharing Knife." I just feel like I bought the first book of the series under false colours.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 not Bujold's best 12 octobre 2006
Par Amber D. Goodman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am a HUGE Bujold fan and have been since Warriors Apprentice. Paladin of Souls is one of my all time fav books with Chalion somewhere in the top 10. After having said this, I was not really that impressed with Beguilement. I am used to having Bujold explore the faults and flaws of her characters and the overcoming of these to further the story. She did this a little bit in Beguilement, but not as much as she normally does. I am very interested in Vol 2 and will buy it on it's release date, I am not saying it is a horrible book. Just it is not what I have come to expect from her. More than anything, Beguilement is a love story. I guess, for me at least, she focused too much on the love story and not enough on the other aspects.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Bujold goes the way of romance 18 mars 2007
Par CindiJeanie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is more about romance and relationships and less about an intriguing new world. The female protagonist is much like a combination of Fiametta from Spirit Ring and Ijada from The Hallowed Hunt and our male protagonist is much like Ingrey, also from The Hallowed Hunt. The romance is predictable and there were a few pages I skipped because Bujold included way too much information about their blossoming sex life.

What makes Bujold's books so special is the genius complexity of her worlds and characters. This book's world, by contrast, is fairly simple and the magic, while interesting, is backstaged by the romance between the two characters -- romance during which Bujold broke the "show don't tell" rule of writing and didn't spare us any details about what either of the characters were thinking. It's a psychological study; there's no mystery or suspense.

I am biased because I don't like books about romance and I was hoping for the usual Bujold fare. Read it if you must -- I couldn't resist even though the inside flap made me wary -- but I found The Sharing Knife to be predictable and not up to par with Bujold's past creations.

Still, even Bujold not at her best is still Bujold... so if you can't resist, go ahead. You'll probably find something about it to like.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Would probably have been best published entire ... 26 octobre 2006
Par Dame Ruth - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Judging from responses I've seen here and heard elsewhere, the publisher's decision to split _The Sharing Knife_ into two volumes may end up losing some readers, since there's a tendency for people to feel disappointed because the story is incomplete when this volume ends. I wasn't particularly bothered by the "stopped in the middle" ending, but I knew ahead of time, from advance buzz, that this was Part 1 of a larger story. Hopefully, advertising campaigns will emphasize this to avoid reader confusion. I know, it says "Volume 1" right in the title, but sometimes it pays to drive this sort of thing home with a sledgehammer . . . :)

Moving on to the story, I have to say, as with others who have posted reviews, flat-out romance stories are much less my thing than stories which use romance as a supporting plot element, so I wasn't as taken with this book as I have been with the Vor and Chalion series. However, Bujold has been very up-front about wanting to try "something different," and to see if it was possible to have the romantic element "carry" a fantasy novel. I'd say she's succeeded quite well. Though secondary, the world and cultures that frame the love story between Dag and Fawn are well-realized and believable (too often I've seen "romantic fantasy" wherein the fantasy background is obviously a flimsy afterthought, and a grating one at that). I like the decision to have the as-yet-nameless world be based off of a North American, rather than European, model. After all, no reason why one real-world setting should be more appropriate than another, as the basis of a completely imaginary world. And, personally, I like a fantasy setting that contains redwing blackbirds -- they've long been favorite critters of mine.

Also enjoyable was the pleasant tone, and the portrayal of a positive relationship between two likeable characters, to the benefit of both (even if their families aren't thrilled!). I'll definitely be getting the sequel, and recommending the book to friends I think will like -- or at least tolerate -- the romance-heavy focus.

-- Ruth
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