Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold (The Sharing Knife Book 1)

A farm girl inadvertently helps a fierce Lakewalker defeat an evil malice, and irrevocably ties her destiny to his.

Beguilement is the first installment of a four-book series about Lakewalkers, who are gifted with a kind of magical second sight that allows them to fight evil creatures that steal the life forces of people and animals. Fawn is a farm girl who dreams of a better life, but circumstances have trapped her. When she meets Dag, a Clint Eastwood-esque Lakewalker, she ends up in a fight for her life and that of the whole world. She and Dag embark on a trip to figure out what they’re meant to do with their entwined fates, and fall in love along the way.

There was a lot more romance in Beguilement than I’m used to seeing in fantasy novels, but I was completely swept away by the story. It wasn’t cheesy or overdone, and the mythology really worked, too. Looking forward to seeing how things develop.

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