An epic fantasy of devotion, destiny, and perilous magic, from one of the most honored writers in the field multiple Hugo Award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold
Troubled young Fawn Bluefield seeks a life beyond her family's farm. But on the way to the city, she encounters a patrol of Lakewalkers, nomadic soldier-sorcerers from the northern woodlands. Feared necromancers armed with mysterious knives made of human bone, they wage a secret on-going war against the scourge of the malices, immortal entities that draw the life out of their victims, enslaving human and animal alike. It is Daga Lakewalker patroller weighed down by past sorrows and present responsibilitieswho must come to Fawn's aid when she is taken captive by a malice. They prevail at a devastating costunexpectedly binding their fates together as they embark upon a remarkable journey into danger and delight, prejudice and partnership . . . and perhaps even love.