Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Bujold's 'Beguilement'

I am about a third through Lois McMaster Bujold's first book in the Sharing Knife series, Beguilement and I'm not enjoying it anywhere near as much as her others.

First of all, this appears to be little more than a romance. If I wanted to read romances, I would. I don't mind a bit in my SF or fantasy--Bujold's handled it fairly well in the past and her woman are usually satisfyingly intelligent and strong (despite her slight obsession with their main calling being reproduction)--but this has a bit of fantasy embedded in the romance. I'm also not at all happy with the power imbalance in the relationship between an ignorant and rather silly girl of 20, not much more than a child in looks and thinking, and a man twice her size and age who is very experienced in life and past loves, tough, and has skills and senses she does not. I do like the idea of the malices and the Lakewalkers' groundsense, but once again we have a medieval world complete with farmers and inns and villages. Can't magic or fantasy survive in any other society? It reminds me of the Atlantis episode in which Ronon doesn't realise he's been to a village before because they all look the same. ;-)

So anyway, those of you who've read Beguilement, does it get any better, and is the sequel worth getting from the library?

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