SFF

Knife Children

Subterranean. (Sharing Knife, Bk. 5). Feb. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781596069541. $25. FANTASY
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Lakewalker Barr Foxbrush has finally returned from patrolling Luthlia. It’s been two years since he’s visited the Oleana farm and his daughter, Lily, whose birth has been kept secret for 14 years, because Lakewalkers and farmers typically do not have children together. When Barr arrives, he discovers the farm burned and Lily gone. After a long search, Barr finds Lily coming into her own Lakewalker powers and begins teaching her how to control her gifts without revealing who he is or his place in her life. Then an attack sends Barr and Lily into the Lakewalker camp and the truth of her heritage is revealed, forcing Barr and Lily to make decisions that will have a huge impact on their futures.
VERDICT Bujold’s delightful prose delves once again into the Lakewalker world. While not submerged in high-action conflict, the thought-provoking plot is centered on character growth, family ties, and personal responsibility, and will appeal to readers interested in stories focused on these themes.

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