no, the book's always better
Good story, a little predictable, in parts disappointing and a little long. However I do recommend it because it does have twists and turns that make it enjoyable and make you want to listen to the story.
The story was well written, descripted, and flowed like a poem but some parts were slow and uninteresting to me. Characters were ok. The reader was very good.
If Hobbs writing wasn't so detailed and eloquent in her descriptions of the politics for the throne. I probably would have given up on this book because of the performance of the narrator. He wasn't bad, but characters seemed very flat.
I'm a Teen Services librarian at a Public Library. I love fantasy, history, realistic fiction, memoirs, sci-fi, and YA fiction/fantasy.
Though I love the writing of this author I question some of the plot devices. The evil Regal gets off with few consequences and though Galans's treatment of Fitz is truly savage I cannot understand how so many good, intelligent people allow him to get away with his savagery to his students especially his attempts to kill Fitz. Fitz who is my favorite character by far allows too much of his depredations to go unquestioned. After so much mistreatment I would expect him to be more savvy or at least more wary. Why doesn't Burbage, a decent intelligent man do more to support Fitz? I'm hoping the next book actually addresses these issues and strengthens the protagonist and allows for stronger friendships between him and other integral characters.
Once again Robin Hobb is taking me on a Farseer adventure. And also once again, I cannot wait to "read" (or rather listen to) the next book in the series. Many kudos also to the narrator, Paul Boehmer! Outstanding, indeed!!!
Orphaned boy learning to master mysterious powers. Narrator is one of my preferred ones to listen. No profanity which is also nice.