Locus Award nominee 1993.
Brought up by her widowed father, legendary creator of truly enchanted
objets d'art, Fiametta was a good and faithful daughter... if perhaps a
little wild. She wanted desperately to be more than her father's unpaid
and untrained apprentice; she wanted to use the magic that she knew lay
within her. But despite all tears and pleadings, Master Beneforte
remained more likely to have her scrub the kiln than help create a magic
chalice. After all, it was a great waste to train a mere daughter
beyond the needs of the moment.
But all that changed with the flash of the dagger that ripped her father's patron from the world. Soon father and daughter were running for their lives, and not long after Fiametta was running alone – and all that could save her was her own single magical creation...
Lois McMaster Bujold (born 1949) is an American speculative fiction writer. She is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won the Hugo Award for best novel four times, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record, not counting his Retro Hugo. Her novella "The Mountains of Mourning" won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. In the fantasy genre, The Curse of Chalion won the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature and was nominated for the 2002 World Fantasy Award for best novel, and both her fourth Hugo Award and second Nebula Award were for Paladin of Souls. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award. In 2013 she was awarded the Forry Award. In 2017 she won a Hugo Award for Best Series, for the Vorkosigan Saga.
The bulk of Bujold's works comprises three separate book series: the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series.