magic was scarce and not well defined in this world. which give the characters opportunity to research it or to learn it.
starts off slow, but it is needed for good pacing and character building. so i moderately recommend this book.
This isn't an epic review, just to the point. This was a really good story that I was able to put myself into... Took the stress from my everyday life and let me quest through the eyes of Ftiz. This is why I love fantasy takes me away and let's me let go <3
Certain aspects of character psychology are off slightly, and some of the readers language impediments drive me up a wall, but overall a far better book than most that top the charts these days.
I'm from california , I speak 3 Languages at 90% and 4 others at about 30%. I love Traveling, and Adventure Reading, and Adventure living!!!
I think this is a great Fantasy book. I know poeple will like it if they have read, the wheel of time book series.
The first book I've read (or listened to) by Robin Hobb! Fantasy is my preferred genre, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It managed to surprise and enchant me time and again, and Fitz has stolen my heart. I recommend this to anyone fond of fantasy, animals, and not too graphic descriptions of gore and horrors. Though there are many trials and much learning, it isn't with the grit and senseless feel of random death or disfigurement some current favorites of the genre write. I didn't feel on the precipice of losing a favorited character any moment, and grew fond of many in this built up world. A story of growth in all ways, an unfair world with a hero just starting to find how to move about in it.
Despite the stereotypical title, this book was well written with rich and complex characters. There is no doubt who the hero's and villians are, but around them the story is not done in the typical black and white world of fantasy good and evil. lots of political intrigue and plotting!
Think of it as kind of a fantasy spy novel. Not nearly as harsh as the game of thrones, but some of the of the characters would do well in that universes. Sometimes it's a bit to predictably but others it's not. Looking forward to the next one.