this story. wow. i am entirely too old to wake up at 3 am--just a few hours after falling asleep-to sneak in the time to finish a novel! i've already downloaded the sequel, so I imagine I will be fairly useless for the rest of my weekend. THIS is the sort of fantasy novel I remember reading as a teenaged bookworm intent on understanding the world through allegory.
Story was not bad. lost me a few times droning on. Concept of magics not too over done and some what interesting.
But I do get tired of the Young lad grows up and saves the world plot. With the same Bad guys in every story. Why can't anyone imagine different personality types for the evil guys.
"Feels in the moment" reviewer. No long, analytical reviews from this girl.
This books is the epitome of a beginning story. Can't say much happened. A lot of events and teachings but nothing much of interest. You get a glimpse of a conflict only for it to be put to the side for political conflicts. This book sets up the remaining story. That's about it.
Not much emotional investment in this story for me. Think the only time I felt a blip of anything was when he lost saw Molly, and that's the romantic in me.
This book moved along at a good pace, unlike some fantasy that can be very bogged down by its own grandeur. I thought the author gave the right amount descriptions and I didn't find my mind wondering, waiting for a segment to end. Although I don't much care for stories when the main character is a child, this didn't bother me too much, and I understand why the story has to begin with him as a kid.
The other characters were good and it'll be interesting to meet up with everyone again when Fitz is grown up.
I read this ~2 yrs ago and enjoyed it. coming back, as an adult, I really appreciated the levels of nuance.
To be fair, the ending is a bit abrupt and doesn't empower the protagonist to the extent one might like, but that is straining at gnats.
Fitz Chivalry is perhaps the most memorable character written of in current fantasy epics. Robin Hobb is one of the most detailed, developed story crafters in today's marketplace. The story of Fitz and the Fool, along with Night Eyes is not to be missed.
The narrator is eloquent and subtle, a good fit for the story.