The Sharing Knife
The Sharing Knife by Lois McMaster Bujold
Young Fawn Bluefield and soldier-sorcerer Dag Redwing Hickery have survived magical dangers and found, in each other, love and loyalty. But come the bigotry of their own kin, and so, leaving behind all they have known, the couple sets off to find solutions to the perilous split between their peoples.
But they will not journey alone. Along the way they acquire comrades, starting with Fawn's irrepressible brother Whit, whose future on the Bluefield family farm seems as hopeless as Fawn's once did. Planning to seek passage on a riverboat heading to the sea, Dag and Fawn find themselves allied with a young flatboat captain searching for her father and fiance, who mysteriously vanished on the river nearly a year earlier. They travel downstream hoping to find word of the missing men and inadvertently pick up more followers: a pair of novice Lakewalker patrollers running away from an honest mistake with catastrophic consequences: a shrewd backwoods hunter stranded in the wreck of boats and hopes: and a farmer boy Dag unintentionally beguiles, leaving Dag with more questions than answers about his growing magery.
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