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Beguilement
Lois McMaster Bujold
Adult Fiction BUJOLD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Compelling characters lift this first of a two-book romantic fantasy from Hugo-winner Bujold (The Hallowed Heart), set in a dangerous land without a name, though individual towns, villages and hamlets are specified. Dag, a Lakewalker patroller with a dry wit, is dedicated to destroying the evil "malices" that blight the countryside. Fawn, a runaway farm girl, helps him kill a malice and its zombie-like mud-men, but not before the malice destroys her unborn child by taking its "ground" or life force. Fawn slays the malice with Dag's sharing knife, a bone blade created to carry the spirit of a dying patroller, but Dag's formerly empty knife now carries the baby's ground. Dag and Fawn fall in love while he helps her recover from her miscarriage. Bujold hints at an epic past of mighty kingdoms and ancient sorceries a past that will hopefully be fully detailed in the sequel. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Soldier-sorcerer Dag rushes to save pregnant Fern from a malice. But it is Fern who gets this adventure going by actually killing the malice. First of a two-volume tale from a Hugo Award winner. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Fawn Bluefield
Female
Leaves her family's home; seeks a new life in a large city where no one knows her; captured by dark magic; rescued by Dag; falls in love with Dag.

Dag Redwing Hickory
Male
Soldier of the Lake-walkers; rescues Fawn from kidnapping; falls in love with Fawn.
Sorcerer



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