Young Fawn Bluefield has fled her family's farm hoping to find work in the city of Glassforge. Uncertain about her future and the troubles she carries, Fawn stops for a drink of water at a roadside inn, where she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, enigmatic soldier-sorcerers from the woodland culture to the north. Fawn knows the stories about the Lake-walkers: they are necromancers; they practice black sorcery; they have no permanent homes and own only the clothes they wear and the weapons - mysterious knives made of human bone - they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers, as a whole, are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices," creatures that suck the life out of all they encounter, and turn men and animals into their minions .....
"Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy." - PW.
"Flurries of action early on, devolving into stock fantasy-romance; overall, just about noteworthy enough to bring readers back for the promised conclusion." - Kirkus.
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1949. She attended the Ohio State University from 1968 to 1972, drifting from English to biology before eventually turning to writing.
Bujold is one of the most acclaimed authors of science fiction and fantasy, having been awarded multiple Hugo and Nebula awards throughout her career. She is best known for her Miles Vorkosigan series.
She resided in Marion, Ohio, from 1980 to 1995, and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1995. Bujold has two children.
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