THE SHARING KNIFE: HORIZON
The final book in Bujold's Sharing Knife saga is, like the others, an engrossing and fast read. The relationship between Dag and Fawn continues to be a highlight, and the world they live in is fascinating. There are still mysteries left unsolved, but the central issue of how ordinary people can change their world for the better is answered in a most satisfactory way.
Finally apprenticed to a master groundsetter in a southern Lakewalker camp, Dag is starting to get a handle on his emerging magical abilities. When they resume their journey north, Dag and Fawn are accompanied by a small but growing band of followers, nearly all of whom have bought into the radical notion that farmers and Lakewalkers can live and work together.
And work together they must when they encounter a malice that has been allowed to grow unnoticed for entirely too long -- and which may be too strong to destroy. (EOS, Feb., 464 pp., $26.99)