THE SHARING KNIFE: PASSAGE
The third book in this series is of a piece with the other two: quiet and unassuming on the surface, but with much unexpected depth. Bujold, as always, is a dab hand at characterization, and her worldbuilding is top notch.
Fawn, a young and curious farmer girl, and Dag, a Lakewalker soldier/sorcerer, leave the inhospitable Lakewalker enclaves and return to farmer lands. After a brief visit to Fawn's family, they travel to the river towns, to find passage to the sea. Initially accompanied
by only Fawn's brother, they are later joined by other companions: a beguiled farmer, two young Lakewalkers and a young riverboat captain searching for her father and her fiance. What they discover on their journey sets the stage for the final volume. (Eos, May, 448 pp., $25.95)