Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Series: The Sharing Knife, Book Four
Setting: A world split into two cultures, farmers and Lakewalkers, beset by a common enemy - monsters called malices.
Reason for Reading: I enjoyed the previous four books. And I've been having trouble getting into anything recently so I thought I'd try something that was kind of a known quantity.
Finished it in:* Days.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: Romantic-style painting, the two main characters are each on a horse. They and the horses look a little freaked out. I'll admit I don't love this cover artist though the color palette and mood suit the themes of the books.
First line: "The Drowntown day market was in full spate."
Best part: I think that reading this got me out of the rut I've been in of rereading comfort books and staying away from anything new.
Worst part: I don't like this world as much as Bujold's others settings. Most of the people in it are pretty mean to each other, which bothers me a lot more than soul-sucking monsters.
Imaginary Theme Song: "We're Gonna Make It" by BB King and Irma Thomas captures some of the spirit of love and determination in the face of seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.
Recommended for: Anyone who finished Book Three is going to want to see how the story finished out.
Related Reads: The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, which starts the series, and The Curse of Chalion by the same author. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews captures some of the same downhome/frontiersy feeling, though the setting is modern.
It would be pretty hard to describe the plot of this book without spoiling a lot of what happened in the first three books. I enjoyed this series but I also kind of wanted it to be done. This book was a nice wrap-up. So, I'll just say that it was a satisfying though not hugely inspired end to the series.
*Yes, this is a new category I'm using to describe how long it took to read the book, from when I read the first page to the last but including breaks. I think people might like to know that, yes? I'm planning to share the metric but not the number, so my answer here will be something like hours, days, weeks, months, or years.