Legacy is the second book in a four-book cycle that began with The Sharing Knife: Beguilement. The story starts with Dag and Fawn's honeymoon, which they spend on the road to his family's Lakewalker camp. Lakewalkers and farmers do not mix and Fawn is nervous about how she will fit into a society that does not approve of the traditional farmer values. Her concerns are well-founded as her marriage to Dag pits the couple against his own mother and brother and leads to serious strife in the Lakewalker camp. Things come to a head when a malice attack requires Dag to leave Fawn behind, at least temporarily.
The book stands on its own very well. While I knew there was a 'prequel' and there were clearly things referenced that might have made events clearer in Legacy, I did not feel I was lost at any place throughout.
The opening chapter is just priceless; tender and funny and full of life. I loved the book and neither cats nor husband saw anything of me until it was all over. I've re-read the honeymoon scene several times and it just sparkles, as does the rest of the book. Bujold's flair for words is apparent throughout the well flowing narrative.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Sharing Knife: Legacy to all romance readers, but especially to those who might be worried about reading a second book in a series.
If you enjoy an intense, emotional story that centers on the characters with a dash of adventure thrown in, you cannot go wrong with Bujold's Legacy.
Fawn Bluefield, the clever young farmer girl, and Dag Redwing Hickory, the seasoned Lakewalker soldier-sorcerer, have been married all of two hours when they depart her family's farm for Dag's home at Hickory Lake Camp. Having gained a hesitant acceptance from Fawn's family for their unlikely marriage, the couple hopes to find a similar reception among Dag's Lakewalker kin. But their arrival is met with prejudice and suspicion, setting many in the camp against them, including Dag's own mother and brother. A faction of Hickory Lake Camp, denying the literal bond between Dag and Fawn, woven in blood in the Lakewalker magical way, even goes so far as to threaten permanent exile for Dag. Before their fate as a couple is decided, however, Dag is called away by an unexpected—and viciously magical—malice attack on a neighboring hinterland threatening Lakewalkers and farmers both. What his patrol discovers there will not only change Dag and his new bride, but will call into question the uneasy relationship between their peoples—and may even offer a glimmer of hope for a less divided future. Filled with heroic deeds, wondrous magic, and rich, all-too-human characters, The Sharing Knife: Legacy is at once a gripping adventure and a poignant romance from one of the most imaginative and thoughtful writers in fantasy today.