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Lakewalker Barr Foxbrush returns from two years of patrolling the bitter wilds of Luthlia against the enigmatic, destructive entities called malices, only to find that the secret daughter he'd left behind in the hinterland of Oleana has disappeared from her home after a terrible accusation. The search for her will call on more of Barr's mind and heart than just his mage powers, as he tries to balance his mistakes of the past and his most personal duties to the future. A stand-alone story set in the world of the Sharing Knife.

©2019 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Terri
  • 27-06-2019

Barr, How You Have Grown

Lois McMaster Bujold brings us a new tale from the World of the Sharing Knife and I love it!

"Knife Children" picks up Barr's story approximately 12 years after the ending of Horizon. It was a wonderful revisit of a fun loving and enthusiastic character who is now a bit older and wiser.

I enjoyed Tim Campbell's narration and his portrayal of Barr's personality and moods was perfect. The story telling timing and rhythm was a lot like that of Grover Gardner, the narrator of The Vorkosigan Saga and may other wonderful books.

The Sharing Knife series was my first exposure to a novel written by LMB and I instantly fell in love with this fascinating world and characters. This of course lead to my discovery of LMB's other series, including The Vorkosigan Saga which has remained as one of my top five series of all time.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 26-06-2019

Great addition to series

I’m so happy that LMB has been moved creatively to write an addition to the Sharing Knife series!
We get to visit with Barr 12 years later and find out how he has matured; and we get to find out what happened with his daughter.
The quality of LMB’s writing is so good that I really appreciate it when she has something new to add to the worlds she has created. She’s got emotional intelligence down pat, and it’s a pleasure to read her books. Bujold is on my shortlist of master storytellers that I check regularly to see if there’s anything new.
I don’t care what genre you consider your favorite, she should be on your reading list, too. Yes, that good.
Recommend.

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  • tzinnamon
  • 13-08-2019

Enriches the story

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m Southern but I found the rhythm of the story improved by settling the speed to .75. That said the story was excellent, the narrator gave a lot of emotional depth to the characters, and it has made a definite enriching addition to the series. Highly recommended.

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  • Wendy
  • 06-09-2019

A Pleasure

Spend a few hours with some really likable characters in an interesting world. The narrator did a great job, too. I’ve read or listened to everything LMB has published. I’m grateful for everything she writes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-2021

Good book

I like the reader of this book made it easy to visualize the characters and situations thoughts feelings etc I tried to review another book with the other reader of the sharing knife and it wouldn't let me so I'm going to review it here the reader Bernadette makes for young characters sound like they're old men when in fact depicting Young couples voice sounds like it's just running on and on and on it's unfortunately the other books were not read by this reader

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  • Reads a lot
  • 19-01-2021

Enjoyed side Story

Enjoyed the side story that spun off from the original series. I appreciate the life reflections that this story spins around, may all people have such a good turn out to their past deeds.

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  • MAISON Ka
  • 14-01-2021

Great standalone story

I am a fan. Huge fan.
My only regret is that the story itself repeats what I already know of the world I love so much: this short format doesn’t allow much more place for this story.

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  • S. Whited
  • 09-11-2020

Possibly The Best Story in the Series

I think I may have enjoyed this novella the best of the entire series, but I'm not sure it would hit a new reader's radar with the same impact. While it serves as a standalone story quite well, being familiar with the main character's background increases the enjoyment of this story exponentially.

This is the story of a stupid young boy who lives long enough to both see the error of his ways and to eventually face the consequences of them. When this character is first introduced in the main series he is not a likeable guy, and it takes him a while to become so. This story takes place about 14 years later, and it goes above and beyond to prove that it may have taken him a long time to catch a clue but once he caught it it stuck and stuck well.

You could say it's a story of comeuppance gracefully done and beautifully resolved.

I worried that a different narrator would break the continuity of the story but that was not to be the case. I slid right into Campbell's voice as being an older version of this character, more experienced and world weary, without a single hitch.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-10-2020

excellent coda to the series

A cool view into the culture. Great performance as well. I really enjoyed the look into the camp.

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  • josroush
  • 03-05-2020

Loved it!

Love the first books and was excited to find a new title. Loved it! She gets the characters so well.

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