I'm just finishing the first book, and it's great. It has the same narrator as Brent Weeks Night Angel Trilogy, who does an amazing job. I became a huge fan of Robin Hobb years ago with the Farseer trilogy and now it's an audio book, awesome!
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
I really liked this first book and performance. Well conceived universe that was somewhat contained in size and scope. The main character spends much of book 1 as a child/youth. The unfortunate BUT is books 2 and 3 become unbearably inconsistent and leave you wanting to slap the main character half the time for being so dense and stupid.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this author. I was looking for a new series and tried her as an experiment. I hoped for the best and was not disappointed. The story was slow to build tension but the main character was easy to sympathize with. At first I thought the story was too slow but by the end of the book I was having trouble turning off the iPod. Give her a try. I think you'll like her.
I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...
Get this one.
I had tried another Robin Hobb book prior to this one and didn't much care for it. I was a little apprehensive when I started this one. I have to say I was happily surprised to find myself liking this book right from the start.
The story starts off with a young boy being dumped at the door of the King's castle. He is reportedly the bastard son of the prince. The boy is thrown into the stables to live, and this story follows his rise from stable boy to the respected adviser of the king.I found myself really getting into this book and the trials and tribulations of the boy.
This is a first person book, and the narrator does a excellent job as the voice of the main character Fitz.
I only have one problem with this book, and it's the authors insistent need to go back constantly and explain what had happened previously in the book, as if you hadn't been reading the book to that point and needed to be told what had already happened. I understand when a writer does some of this at the beginning of a new book in a series, but is it necessary within a single book?
I should have been warned when main characters had names like Chivalry. Not a bad book by any means, but I think it skipped ahead too quickly. There wasn't enough dialogue to make a really epic audio book. Maybe I would have liked it more in print, where I can skim when bored, but I don't think it lends itself very well to this format.
Didn't love the narration. It almost made the male characters sound effeminate, which is not bad in itself, but really doesn't fit the character personalities.
The little epilogue was confusing and strange and should have been left out, I think. Didn't make me want to finish the series.
I really wanted to like this book better than I did. It's well written, great descriptions and interesting characters and situations.
However, the denseness of the main character sometimes drove me nuts. I understood where that denseness came from (you'll know what I mean if you've read the book) and intellectually, it made sense, but I just couldn't get over the damage that was done. I don't want a Mary Sue, but I do want a main character who can accomplish SOMETHING, for goodness' sake!
In a way, it was very realistically done (which is why, even though I got frustrated, I gave it 4 stars). I'd like to know what happens, but I don't know if I can do it.
As an aside, I found Boehmer's voice to be a little high-brow sounding for a narrator who, in the beginning of the book comes from humble origins, but I got used to it by the end.
This is a solid high (but not epic) fantasy that has garnered quite a following, and not without good reason. It is very well developed and written. I wouldn't say there are a lot of new ideas here; the magic system is pretty subdued and the plot is all political intrigue. The biggest thing for me to get used to was the naming system; characters are named after traits they are desired to have, such as Chivalry and Regal and Verity.
Many reviewers have commented, and it is indeed quite true. This book is boring at times, even in audio. It's not that it is poorly written or a well developed plot. It just simply isn't that exciting. You have to be willing to follow the story of yet another hero who starts out as a punt, ignorant boy who has much to learn about the world. For some people this probably never gets old, but I prefer authors such as Brandon Sanderson whose heroes already start out fully developed.
Most of the main character's problems would have been solved or never would have occurred if people would simple hag told him what he needed to koror that they assumed he already knew. Indeed, the main character's ignorance seems to be the main antagonist for much of this story.
The narrator did a great job and fit the part perfectly; no complaints there at all.